NFL: Cards' loss to 49ers quite costly

The NFL has levied $30,000 in fines against two Arizona Cardinals for their actions during a 27-6 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Tackle Jeremy Bridges received a $20,000 fine for his latest personal-foul penalty (this one for hitting an opponent unnecessarily in the head). Officials flagged him for a personal foul in Week 17 last season and again in the postseason. The penalty Monday night stemmed from the roundhouse slap/punch Bridges delivered on the back of Takeo Spikes' helmet during an interception return late in the third quarter.

The league said Bridges' penalty Monday night was his fifth for unnecessary roughness since the start of the 2009 season. The records I have show fewer. I'm going to double-check the information.

Bridges' teammate, linebacker Clark Haggans, drew a $10,000 fine for unnecessary roughness.

Penalty records since 2001 show Haggans with three for roughing the passer, two for unnecessary roughness and one for a 15-yard face mask, plus the most recent roughness penalty, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Haggains delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on 49ers fullback Moran Norris while teammate Joey Porter made a tackle.

I'll attempt to double-check those totals to explain any discrepancies.

Update: Players can be fined for unnecessary roughness even when not penalized. That explains the discrepancies.