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Cowboys’ Dez Bryant has hairline fracture in knee

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:12:28 UT

Dallas head coach Jason Garrett revealed that Bryant has a hairline fracture in a knee bone, an injury he sustained in a 31-17 win over the Bears on Sunday. Bryant sustained the injury early in the first quarter Sunday, but missed only six plays and finished with three catches for 40 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown. In Week 2, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin had seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-27 win over the 49ers. Bryant, 27, had three straight seasons (2012-14) in which he collected at least 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns before he missed seven games last year with a broken foot.




A trimmed down Aaron Lynch plans to protest inequality

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:56:50 UT

San Francisco 49ers v Houston TexansAaron Lynch wants greater equality for his unborn son. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)Much needed defensive help will be on the way after the 49ers play Sunday against the visiting Cowboys. That’s when pass rusher Aaron Lynch returns from a four-game suspension for not following proper procedure before a drug test. Lynch amassed 12.5 sacks over his first two seasons before news of his suspension hit during the off-season because of an unreadable urine test. Lynch said the specimen was too diluted. “I’ve already been in the (NFL drug) program so that’s the next step on some of those type of tests.” Lynch



Sharks’ late goals take bite out of Canucks

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:29:32 UT

Sharks’ late goals take bite out of Canucks Tommy Wingels set the stage for Labanc’s winner by scoring the tying goal with 23 seconds left.



49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward sidelined with quadriceps injury

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:27:26 UT

Cornerback Jimmie Ward could miss multiple games with a quadriceps injury he suffered in a 37-18 loss at Seattle on Sunday. The 49ers announced that Ward, a 2014 first-round pick, is week-to-week with a quadriceps strain. Ward was replaced by Keith Reaser after he exited, although defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said he didn’t know if Reaser or rookie Rashard Robinson would start Sunday against the Cowboys. McDonald was riding a stationary bike in the weight room at the start of practice. The 49ers signed Martin, 26, to a two-year contract after he was released by the Patriots during their final roster cuts this month. Martin, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has 62 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns in a career spent with the Texans (2012-14) and Patriots (2015). Last season, Martin had career highs in catches (24) and yards (269) in New England, with which he made eight of his 10 career starts. Martin fills the roster spot created when right tackle Anthony Davis retired Monday. The 49ers also have Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and rookie Aaron Burbridge, a sixth-round pick.



Texans might lose injured J.J. Watt for season, source says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:49:06 UT

J.J. Watt has reinjured his back, according to a person familiar with his condition, and the Houston Texans expect the defensive end to be sidelined until at least December, and possibly the entire season. Watt missed training camp and Houston’s four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, didn’t practice Monday, but head coach Bill O’Brien said he was just getting a day off. Watt has played 83 consecutive games for the Texans despite various injuries, including torn core muscles and a broken hand last season. In his absence, Brissett, a third-round pick in this year’s draft, successfully led New England (3-0) past the Texans in his first career start, but sustained an apparent right thumb injury some time during the second half. The Colts put outside linebacker Trent Cole on injured reserve.



49ers’ defense is still a work in progress

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:20:11 UT

Trent Baalke often has said that the best teams build through the draft, and that’s certainly how he has attempted to construct an elite defense. The 49ers’ general manager has used his first pick on a defensive player in each of the past four seasons, and he also has spent 10 of his 15 top-100 picks on defense over that span. The last time they allowed as many yards in consecutive games? On Sunday, in their 37-18 loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers’ defense was dotted with high-end draft picks. On Tuesday, it was left to defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil to answer questions about a unit that has allowed 12 plays of 20-plus yards the past two games, including gains of 78, 59, 52, 41 and 40 yards. For starters, O’Neil acknowledged the defensive line wasn’t aligned correctly on the game’s third play Sunday. Running back Christine Michael bolted through a gaping hole on the left side and wasn’t touched en route to a 41-yard score. “It’s kind of ugly,” defensive tackle Quinton Dial said. On Sunday, the 49ers had nine defensive players who were 25 or younger play at least 25 snaps. The recent first-, second- and third-round picks on defense still have 13 more games left to prove they are capable of forming a competent unit. “Every play they get is just so valuable because they’re learning how to communicate, they’re learning how to gather presnap information, and they’re learning how to make plays,” O’Neil said.



Kaepernick to Trump: ‘America has never been great for people of color’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:15:09 UT

Kaepernick to Trump: ‘America has never been great for people of color’ Shortly after his national-anthem protest became public, Colin Kaepernick offered withering assessments of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. [...] it’s safe to say his opinion hasn’t changed after watching part of the presidential debate between the candidates Monday night. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.



49ers’ Kaepernick on eat-lots-of-food plan

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:25:18 UT

Colin Kaepernick has a simple plan to regain the weight he lost in the offseason. Kaepernick, of course, is supremely motivated to do that given Chip Kelly has suggested his weight is preventing him from becoming the 49ers’ starting quarterback. On Monday, Kelly, again, noted Kaepernick wasn’t at his previous playing weight of 225 pounds after his offseason rehab from three surgeries kept him out of the weight room. “To get the full Kap for what you need -- the potential that he has -- he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things,” Kelly said. On Monday, Kaepernick was the only player observed working out near the weight room while Kelly was addressing reporters.




Despite similar results, 49ers much different, and better, this year

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:07:46 UT

Photo: Bob Leverone / Associated Press Image 1of/9 CaptionClose Image 1 of 9 In the two losses last year, the 49ers simply gave up, particularly in the 47-7 loss in Arizona. This year, the team came back to score points in the second half, even closing the gap against the Panthers to 7 points. less In the two losses last year, the 49ers simply gave up, particularly in the 47-7 loss in Arizona. This year, the team came back to score points in the second half, even closing the gap against the Panthers to 7 ... more Photo: Bob Leverone / Associated Press Image 2 of 9 Last year, Tomsula



Kaepernick to Trump: ‘America has never been great for people of color’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:39:34 UT

Shortly after his national-anthem protest became public, Colin Kaepernick offered withering assessments of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And it’s safe his opinion hasn’t changed after watching part of the presidential debate between the candidates Monday night.



Martin becomes latest new face in 49ers’ WR corps

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:28:25 UT

The 49ers have signed Martin, 26, to a two-year contract after he was released by the Patriots during their final roster cuts earlier this month. Martin, a 2012 fourth-round pick, has 62 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns in a career spent with the Texans (2012-14) and Patriots (2015). Last year, Martin had career-highs in catches (24) and yards (269) in New England, where he made eight of his 10 career starts. Martin fills the roster spot created when right tackle Anthony Davis retired Monday.




49ers lineman Anthony Davis retires again

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:11:48 UT

For the second time in 15 months, 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis has decided to leave the NFL and this time, his retirement is presumably permanent. Davis left the league in June 2015, citing a desire to let his “brain and body” heal after an injury-plagued 2014 season in which he sustained the first concussion of his football career. Davis, however, was unable to unseat Trent Brown for his former starting spot at right tackle during training camp. Kelly said Davis was asked to move to right guard, a position he hadn’t played since his freshman year at Rutgers in 2007, and he quickly earned the starting spot at the new position. Davis was no longer the starter after he missed practice two days before the season opener against the Rams in which he was set to face All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. On Sept. 14, Davis, whose primary role became backup right tackle, declined to offer a direct answer when asked if he wanted to stay at guard. Rookie tackle John Theus, a fifth-round pick, has been inactive for the first three games.



49ers’ Chip Kelly: no QB controversy; ‘Kap is our No. 2 right now’

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:29:00 UT

With Colin Kaepernick working out in the distance, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly on Monday was in no mood to make a quarterback change despite the inefficiencies of Blaine Gabbert. “Kap is our No. 2 right now,” Kelly told reporters at the 49ers’ training facility. The No. 1 threw for 119 yards in Sunday’s 37-18 beatdown in Seattle in which the 49ers scored all but three of their points in the final quarter. The 49ers host the Cowboys on Sunday, and Kelly is determined to stick with Gabbert, whose quarterback rating (68.6) ranks 30th among 32 qualifying QBs. A day later, after reviewing films, the coach noticed nothing about the performance that would prompt further praise. With Gabbert running the offense, the 49ers failed to convert all 10 third-down situations through three quarters and finished 4-for-15. Kelly still maintains Kaepernick isn’t 100 percent — having spent the offseason recuperating from knee, thumb and shoulder injuries — and isn’t at his playing weight. If Kaepernick isn’t 100 percent, Kelly was asked, why is he listed as the No. 2 quarterback? Kaepernick started the preseason finale and played briefly at the end of the season-opening win over the Rams. Kelly refused to blame Gabbert for the team’s poor offensive play, instead referencing everybody who lines up offensively. “I think everybody keeps pointing specifically to the quarterback,” Kelly said, but it’s not like the offensive line is playing tremendous, the running backs are doing everything, the wide receivers are doing everything and we’re just not getting good quarterback play.



49ers RT Anthony Davis retires again

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:12:21 UT

For the second time in 15 months, 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis has decided to leave the NFL and this time his retirement is presumably permanent. Davis left the league in June 2015, citing a desire to let his “brain and body” heal after an injury plagued 2014 season in which he sustained the first concussion of his football career. Davis, however, was unable to unseat Trent Brown for his former starting spot at right tackle during training camp. Kelly said Davis was asked to move to right guard, a position he hadn’t played since his freshman year at Rutgers in 2007, and he quickly earned the starting spot at the new position. [...] Davis was no longer the starter after he missed practice two days before the season opener against the Rams in which he was set to face All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.. On Sept. 14, Davis, whose primary role became backup right tackle, declined to offer a direct answer when he asked if he wanted to stay at guard. Rookie tackle John Theus, a fifth-round pick, has been inactive for the first three games.



Kelly sticking with Gabbert as 49ers’ QB, says Kaepernick still not ready

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:52:23 UT

Kelly sticking with Gabbert as 49ers’ QB, says Kaepernick still not ready With Colin Kaepernick working out in the distance, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly on Monday was in no mood to make a quarterback change despite the inefficiencies of Blaine Gabbert. “Kap is our No. 2 right now,” Kelly told reporters at the 49ers’ training facility. The No. 1 threw for 119 yards, one interception and no touchdowns in Sunday’s 37-18 beatdown in Seattle in which the 49ers scored all but three of their points in the final quarter. The 49ers host the Cowboys on Sunday, and Kelly is determined to stick with Gabbert, whose season quarterback ratings (68.6) rank 30th among 32 qualifying QBs. A day later, after reviewing films, the coach noticed nothing about the performance that would prompt further praise. Kelly still maintains Kaepernick isn’t 100 percent - having spent the offseason recuperating from knee, thumb and shoulder injuries -- and isn’t at his playing weight. If Kaepernick isn’t 100 percent, Kelly was asked, why is he listed as the No. 2 quarterback?