Lions' John Wendling Fined For Hit On Alex Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is hit by John Wendling #29 of the Detroit Lions as he slides to the ground at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Lions safety John Wendling received a $7,875 hit for his hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Lions safety John Wendling has received a $7,875 fine for a hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith during Sunday night football that led to a cut on Smith's nose, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

While many contended that the slide that led to the bloody nose for Smith was a late one, a forearm from Wendling caught Smith in the head and caused his head to snap back as he went to the ground. There was a flag on the play, but it was for holding and caused the play to come back, while Wendling's hit went un-penalized.

The $7,875 fine isn't much in comparison to similar incidents, as Kenny Phillips reportedly drew a $30,000 fine for an unnecessary roughness penalty. However, the hit did provide us with this wonderful GIF from Sunday night.

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Be sure to visit Pride of Detroit for more Lions coverage. Also check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more news and analysis from around the league.

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