SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The NFL’s leading tackler over the past three seasons believes the league is placing unreasonable restrictions on its defensive players.

Patrick Willis said Wednesday that the latest crackdown on dangerous and flagrant hits will make it difficult for him and other players to do what they do best.

The NFL earlier this week imposed fines totaling $175,000 on three players for hits during last week’s games and warned that violent conduct will be cause for suspension in the future.

The 49ers have not had a defender fined for a violent hit this season, and Willis said he and his teammates can only continue to play the way they’ve been taught throughout their careers.

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