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UPDATE: Packers LB Clay Matthews fined $15,000

UPDATED Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 3:21 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the teams' season-opening game.

According to the NFL, Matthews was fined "for striking an opponent late."

Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty in the 49ers' 34-28 win Sunday after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds deep in Green Bay territory in the second quarter.

A fracas between players from both teams followed on the sideline when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 --- 2:48 p.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

The NFL has confirmed to FOX 11 that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been fined $15,000 for his hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday.

A league source says the fine is a penalty for "striking an opponent late."

Matthews wasn't available for comment Friday, but had this to say Thursday before the fine came down: "Um, I'm not really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next game.

When asked if Matthews thought of himself as a dirty player: "Next game!" he exclaimed with a smile, drawing laughs. "I'm an awesome player, not a dirty player."


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