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Ahmad Brooks benched for lashing out at Jim Tomsula, apologized to coach, team

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The San Francisco 49ers appear to have cleared up the situation with Ahmad Brooks. He spoke with the media Wednesday to explain the situation.

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Fooch's Note: Here is the full transcript of his media session

National media has been reporting that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks benched himself during Sunday's win over the New York Giants. We are now getting some clarification from Brooks on the situation. During player availability on Wednesday, he told assembled media that he lashed out at Jim Tomsula on Sunday, and that is why he was benched. It appears Brooks is fairly contrite about his behavior:

Jim Harbaugh told the media on Monday, and again on Wednesday, that the matter had been addressed. He did not go into any more detail, other than to say he expected Brooks to play on Sunday. Getting this clarification from Brooks will hopefully bring this matter to a close. As Brooks pointed out, the team has had to deal with numerous distractions this season, so this is something he can bring to a close, so the team can move on.

The 49ers do still need to figure out how they will rotate their outside linebackers. Aldon Smith is back in the fold, and Aaron Lynch has been playing out of his mind. Brooks makes sense as a short yardage option, and his run-stopping ability likely will get him some work in the base defense. However, when the 49ers are in their nickel and dime defenses, I don't expect to see a lot of Brooks.

Brooks also had a chance to address the trade rumors from earlier this month.