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49ers penalized for violation of rookie minicamp rules



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The 49ers have concluded their offseason program early, with training camp set to take place at the end of July. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team ended organized team activities a day before they expected to, following the injuries to Tarvarius Moore (torn Achilles) and Justin Skule (torn ACL). Shanahan canceled minicamp, which was slated to follow OTAs, a decision he said he made long in advance, especially given the near perfect turnout the 49ers had at OTAs.

But the team was penalized earlier, for violating rules as it pertains to rookie minicamp. As first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and confirmed by a league source, the 49ers were penalized by the NFL for violating rookie minicamp rules; the league docked the 49ers the final allotted week of rookie minicamp for the violation.

The violation came as a result of a clip posted on social media. There are strict rules about media recording and the periods in which media film. However, rookie cornerback Deommodore Lenoir posted the following clip to his Instagram story, where it was then picked up by a large 49ers fan account.

The league has stricter rules about what type of contact is allowed at rookie minicamp than at any other point in the offseason or preseason, and the violation was for something which would be allowed in training camp. The 49ers declined to comment on which clip caused the violation.