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49ers’ Shanahan ‘feels confident’ Foster will make return

Here’s one reason to anticipate an 0-6 team’s seventh game: Reuben Foster is expected to return to the winless 49ers on Sunday. Foster, the dynamic rookie inside linebacker who was injured after he played 11 snaps in the season opener, is on track to return against the Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium. “He’s not 100 percent ready to go, but I feel very optimistic about it,” Kyle Shanahan said. “He had another good practice today. As long as there’s not any setbacks here over the next 48 hours or whatever it is, I feel pretty confident.” ...
Oct 20, 2017

49ers: Self-deprecating Jed York on his ‘bad coaching hires and decisions’

When asked Thursday if the 49ers had sponsors who were upset about players who have protested during the national anthem, CEO Jed York was surprisingly funny and self-deprecating. “We certainly heard some of that from people,” York said on KNBR. “But I’ll say in full honesty our bottom line has been hurt much more by bad coaching hires and decisions by me than anything that has happened here (with protests).” It was a surprisingly raw admission from York, who has employed four head coaches while the 49ers have lost 35 of their last 43 games dating...
Oct 19, 2017

49ers’ Saleh hails Witherspoon’s development, Armstead’s toughness

As the losses mount for the 49ers, the number of young players who receive playing time figures to also increase. The latest example: rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. On Sunday, Witherspoon, the second player selected in the third round, spelled cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Rashard Robinson and played a career-high 36 snaps. Johnson played 56 snaps and Robinson had 53. “He’s earned the right,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “And it has nothing to do with Rashard or Dontae, and everything to do with Witherspoon...
Oct 19, 2017

49ers’ Jed York discusses progressive views; Kaepernick’s collusion case

Last year, Jed York publicly supported his protesting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and matched his $1 million donation to underserved communities. This season, the 49ers CEO had perhaps the most strongly worded statement in response to President Trump’s inflammatory comments about protesting NFL players, and said 49ers players would not be forced to stand during the national anthem. York’s stance is in opposition to many of his peers. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, for example, has threatened to bench players who don’t stand for the anthem.
Oct 19, 2017

Everson Walls scheduled to honor friend Dwight Clark on Sunday

More than 30 of Dwight Clark’s teammates from the 1981 49ers will be on hand to honor him Sunday. And so will one of his opponents from the 1981 Cowboys. Everson Walls, the rookie cornerback whom Clark skied over to make The Catch on Jan. 10, 1982, is scheduled to be a part of “Dwight Clark Day” at Levi’s Stadium when the 49ers host the Cowboys. Clark, of course, revealed in March that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terminal disease that affects control of muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe.
Oct 18, 2017

49ers’ Eric Reid prepared to stand for national anthem — eventually

Eric Reid will stand when NFL owners step up. On Wednesday, a day after he was part of a meeting that included Jed York and 10 other owners in New York, the 49ers safety said he left the productive session ready to eventually stand during the national anthem. “The NFL has agreed to commit to a long-term plan and use their platform to continue to raise awareness around the issues that affect our country,” Reid said. “And to help us feel like we don’t need to protest. So we feel like we’re (going in) the right direction.” Last year,...
Oct 18, 2017

49ers to honor Dwight Clark on Sunday with Cowboys visiting

Seven months after he revealed that he has a terminal disease, former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark will be honored Sunday at Levi’s Stadium and 35 of his teammates from 1981 will be in attendance. Clark, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will be recognized during “Dwight Clark Day” and the 49ers, fittingly, will host the Cowboys. Clark, of course, played the starring role in The Catch against the Cowboys, which sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory after the 1981 season. On Sunday, during halftime, there will be a video tribute to...
Oct 17, 2017

Analyzing 49ers’ approach on quarterbacks

The 49ers’ placeholder quarterback already has lost his place in the starting lineup. And the team’s decision to wait to draft quarterback isn’t looking quite as brilliant. Given the series of logical moves the 49ers made with mess they inherited, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan largely have avoided criticism during a massive rebuild that has started with an 0-6 record. However, their initial moves at the NFL’s most important position merit scrutiny. On Sunday, Brian Hoyer, Shanahan’s...
Oct 17, 2017

49ers sign DL Tony McDaniel

The 49ers have signed defensive lineman Tony McDaniel, 32, two days after Arik Armstead sustained a broken hand that is expected to land him on injured reserve, McDaniel’s agent said, via Twitter. McDaniel is a 12-year veteran who has made 48 starts in a four-team career that includes 160 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Last year, he made 10 starts and had 43 tackles in his second stint with the Seahawks. On Monday, head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged the 49ers’ had depth issues along their defensive line. Defensive end Aaron Lynch (calf) was also sidelined in...
Oct 15, 2017

49ers vs. Washington: S.F. game grades

Offense QB C.J. Beathard provided a spark for an attack that began in neutral and stayed there under Brian Hoyer. Beathard did throw several near-picks, but flashed command and some big-play ability after entering with his team down 14-0 on the road. The protection was leaky, allowing three sacks and 10 QB hits, and there were at least three drops. Defense Same old story: The run defense was stout (2.8 yards a carry), but the secondary was exposed partly because there wasn’t enough pressure (one sack)...
Oct 15, 2017

Shanahan: 49ers not trying to trade RB Hyde

LANDOVER, Md. - It doesn’t sound as if running back Carlos Hyde is leaving the 49ers. At least not this season. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the chatter that the 49ers were looking to trade Hyde, who is in the final year of his contract, wasn’t accurate after a 26-24 loss to Washington on Sunday. “Absolutely 100 percent false,” Shanahan said. “There’s nothing true about that.” On Saturday, Denver radio host Benjamin Allbright said the 49ers had “received and made calls” about Hyde. It followed an overtime...
Oct 15, 2017

QB Beathard provides a spark in 49ers’ latest narrow loss

LANDOVER, Md. - It’s possible that Kirk Cousins is the 49ers’ quarterback of the future, but this can be said with certainty about the franchise’s unsettled position: Brian Hoyer is their quarterback of the recent past. What about C.J. Beathard? Well, let’s just wait and see. On Sunday, as Cousins was leading Washington to a 26-24 win over the 49ers at FedEx Field, Hoyer, 31, was benched midway through the second quarter and replaced by Beathard, a rookie third-round pick who provided a spark. After Beathard entered, the 49ers erased...
Oct 15, 2017

Report: ‘Strong mutual interest’ between NaVorro Bowman, Raiders

NaVorro Bowman’s next employer could be in the Bay Area. Two days after the All-Pro inside linebacker was released by the 49ers, there is strong mutual interest between Bowman and the Raiders, the NFL Network reported this morning. Bowman is expected visit in “the coming days.” Bowman, 29, who is married with three young children, is presumably at least partly attracted to the Raiders due to the franchise’s location. And many speculated Oakland would have interest in Bowman shortly after the 49ers released him Friday. The Raiders’...
Oct 14, 2017

49ers’ youth movement unlikely to slow down

In August, the 49ers released outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who was the second-longest-tenured member of the team. On Friday, the 49ers released inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who had replaced Brooks as the player with the second-most years of service. Given those transactions, and plenty of lesser-wattage moves made during the new regime’s roster overhaul, a logical question was posed Friday to the man who now assumes the uneasy title of player with the second-most tenure on the roster: How are you feeling about your job security, Daniel Kilgore? ...
Oct 13, 2017

McElhenny recalls Tittle, fellow member of 49ers’ ‘Million Dollar Backfield’

The last surviving member of the 49ers’ “Million Dollar Backfield” uses a cane, sleeps with a mask because of his emphysema and stopped playing golf about a decade ago after he fell and broke his hip. His knee surgery seven years ago, and his difficultly in rehab, explains why his left leg is far thinner than his right. And, before his most recent health issues, there was a battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nerve condition that temporarily paralyzed his once-powerful legs and forced him to use a walker for a year. Hugh McElhenny says he can no...

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