METAIRIE, La. — Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was thrown out of Sunday’s 31-21 loss to San Francisco with a minute left after kicking 49ers guard Alex Boone in the head after a blocked field goal.
An NFL source said the league would review the play and decided on whether Bunkley would face a fine by Friday. But several local media outlets reported late Monday afternoon the league wouldn’t be suspending Bunkley.
Regardless, the action caught interim head coach Joe Vitt off guard and he addressed it in his post-game news conference.
“One of the keys to this game was keeping your poise,” Vitt said Sunday. “We block a field goal, and have a chance to give our team some field position. He’s got to keep his emotions under control and do the right thing. He practices hard and wants to win. We have great confidence in the player, but he has to keep his poise.”
Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said he was surprised by Bunkley’s actions, saying Monday that the move was out of character for the defensive tackle.
“(He’s) one of the best people in this building,” Spagnuolo said. “I haven't looked at it but if you had asked me who would be one of the last people to have that happen to them it would be Brodrick Bunkley, so I'm sure it won't happen again."