11:10 AM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle

Willis not fined for two penalized hits; wrist injury is minor

In a 14-minute span in last week’s loss at Arizona, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was called for the first roughing-the-passer penalty and the second unnecessary roughness penalty of his eight-year career. Has Willis suddenly morphed into a dirty player? Upon further review, the evidence doesn’t suggest that’s case. Willis said today he wasn’t fined for either of his hits that drew flags in a 23-14 loss at Arizona. Willis was called for roughing the passer when he hit Drew Stanton in the chest as the quarterback was in mid-throw. He later was flagged for a hit on Cardinals wide...

New York Post

NFL Power Rankings: How are the Cardinals doing this?

Losing key players to injuries just keeps bringing out the best in the surprising Cardinals. Arizona, unbeaten at 3-0 and the new No. 1 by a slight margin over the...

San Francisco Chronicle

49ers sign QB Johnson; waive TE Cleveland

The second cut wasn’t as painful for Josh Johnson. Three days after the 49ers waived Johnson, they re-signed their No. 3 quarterback today and waived tight end Asante Cleveland. On Saturday, they promoted Cleveland from the practice squad because of injuries that sidelined tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald for a 23-14 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. For Johnson, who played for Jim Harbaugh at University of San Diego, it was the second time he’d been cut by the 49ers. He was among their final roster cuts in 2012 and didn’t return until he was re-signed in May. On Sunday,...

San Jose Mercury News

Report card: Bad grades abound after second straight defeat

Here is how the 49ers (1-2) graded in their 23-14 loss to the host Arizona Cardinals (3-0): Pass offense: An invigorating and initially successful spread offense was unveiled, as warranted with tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald sitting out with injuries.

San Francisco Chronicle

Notes: Cards adjusted after 49ers’ surprise opening

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The first half featured a hurry-up offense and a slew of four- and five-wide receiver formations from the … 49ers? Yes, the Niners, who have had the most rushing attempts in the NFL since 2011, initially caught the Cardinals off-guard with a pass-heavy, spread-them-out game plan. On the 49ers’ first two drives, they ran 26 plays, drove 160 yards, scored two touchdowns and had four carries by a running back. The plan was partially inspired by the absence of their top two tight ends, Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald, who were sidelined with leg injuries. With a shortage...

Arizona Republic

Cromartie expected to play in next game

Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie's left knee injury is not serious and he's expected to play in the team's next game.         

Giants Blog | ESPN New York

Arian Foster inactive vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Another week, another potentially huge, injury-related break for the New York Giants. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury and will not play in Sunday's game. Rookie Alfred Blue will start in his place. This comes one week after Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was a late scratch against the Giants, though the Giants were unable to take advantage and win that game. Their next opponent is Washington, which is without its own starting quarterback due to injury.