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  • By David Bonilla
    9 hrs ago
    Tight end George Kittle was one of two San Francisco 49ers named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. The second-year player and franchise's all-time leading tight end in single season receiving yards — a record he will continue to add to during the next two games — joined NFL Network on Tuesday night to discuss his first selection to the annual all-star game. "I'm kind of speechless," Kittle said on NFL Total Access. "I just have the utmost respect for every single tight end in the league. And the fact that my peers voted me in, it's very humbling, and I'm super excited to go to Orlando." That's when Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher jumped...
  • By David Bonilla
    10 hrs ago
    The San Francisco 49ers will be represented in the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year. The following players have been selected to represent the NFC squad in the NFL's annual all-star game, which will take place on January 27, 2019, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk was selected as a starter while tight end George Kittle was selected as a reserve, the team announced via a press release on Tuesday. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, kicker Robbie Gould, and linebacker Mark Nzeocha were selected as alternates. The selection process consists of votes from fans, players, and coaches, with each group accounting for one-third of the process. Kyle Juszczyk Fullback Kyle Juszczyk is in his second...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago
    The San Francisco 49ers placed Ahkello Witherspoon on injured reserve, officially ending his second NFL season. The cornerback sustained a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) during the first quarter of Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers signed defensive back Tyvis Powell to a one-year deal to take his roster spot. Witherspoon landed awkwardly out of bounds while attempting to tackle Seahawks running back Chris Carson. He was assisted to the locker room and did not return to the game. Witherspoon's recovery is expected to last a few weeks, which means it should not impact his availability for 2019 or the team's offseason activities. "I wish he could have finished these last two games," Shanahan told...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago
    The Buffalo Bills announced the team has signed wide receiver Victor Bolden off of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. We've signed WR Victor Bolden and placed RB Marcus Murphy on IR.Details: https://t.co/gDUasMkkzZ pic.twitter.com/6dqgQGLSgk— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 18,...
  • By David Bonilla
    16 hrs ago
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has been saying since October that he hopes to have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo start throwing when the team reconvenes this offseason for organized team activities (OTAs). Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL on September 23 and underwent surgery to repair the damage on October 3. "It was a good repair, and they're very optimistic about the prognosis for his future," general manager John Lynch said the day after the surgery. Shanahan was...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:33 PM
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James' Week 15 performance against the Seattle Seahawks has earned him a Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Award nomination. James scored a touchdown on a 97-yard kickoff return during the 26-23 overtime victory. The other award nominees are Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels, Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster, and Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The 49ers made James a seventh-round draft pick out of Middle Tennessee State in April. While the majority of his playing time has come as a returner on special teams, he also has five receptions for 94 yards through...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:14 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens' Week 15 performance against the Seattle Seahawks has earned him a FedEx Air Player of the Week nomination. Mullens went 20-of-29 for 275 yards with a touchdown and a passer rating of 110.6 while guiding the 49ers to their fourth win of the season. It was his highest passer rating since his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders during Week 9 (151.9). San Francisco beat Seattle 26-23 in overtime. "He's played very good and he's gotten better as he's gone," head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Mullens on Monday. "I thought yesterday was probably Nick's best game, especially the way he finished it in that fourth quarter. He didn't...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 2:55 PM
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expects quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to start throwing the football when the team gathers for organized team activities during the upcoming offseason. That will be around May or June. Until then, Nick Mullens will have two games to continue proving that he, not last year's third-round draft pick, C.J. Beathard, deserves to be Garoppolo's backup heading into 2019. Shanahan has no plans to make another change at quarterback. He was asked by a reporter on Monday if there was a chance Beathard might receive another look during the 49ers' final two games of the season. "Nick deserves to be in," Shanahan responded. "He's played very good and he's gotten better as he's gone. I thought yesterday was probably Nick's...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 2:32 PM
    Ahkello Witherspoon's season is over. An MRI revealed that the San Francisco 49ers cornerback sustained a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) during the first quarter of Sunday's 26-23 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The injury isn't a major one and should not impact his availability for the 2019 season or the team's offseason activities, but with just two games left during this season, Witherspoon will not retake the field in 2018. He will land on injured reserve, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday. Witherspoon landed awkwardly out of bounds while attempting to tackle Seahawks running back Chris Carson. He struggled early this season but rebounded nicely in recent weeks. "I wish he could have finished these last two...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:31 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers won their fourth game of the season and second straight, beating the Seattle Seahawks 26-23 at Levi's Stadium on Sunday and improving to a record of 4-10. Below is a mix of key player and team stats provided by the NFL, the 49ers, and Pro Football Focus. Key Player Statistics QB Nick Mullens went 20-of-29 for 275 yards with a touchdown and a passer rating of 110.6. Mullens' 689 passing yards in two games this season against Seattle marks the most in a single season by any quarterback in Seahawks...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 10:52 AM
    The MRI performed on Monday confirmed that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon suffered a knee sprain during the first quarter of Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks, according to a report from Ian Rapoport. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area was more specific on the injury, stating that Witherspoon sustained a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The good news is that Witherspoon avoided a major injury. The bad news is that with just two games remaining this season, the second-year cornerback is unlikely to retake the field this year. Rapoport added that the injury is nothing that will impact Witherspoon's 2019...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 9:26 AM
    Here is a fun Monday-morning statistic for San Francisco 49ers fans: Quarterback Nick Mullens has more single-season passing yards against Seattle than any other quarterback in the Seahawks' history, according to the game-day statistics released by the 49ers on Sunday night. That's impressive considering the Seahawks are about to close out their 43rd NFL...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 17, 2018 at 7:10 AM
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon provides an injury update, telling fans that "the knee is good," and thanking them for the well wishes. ...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 16, 2018 at 8:30 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of reasons to celebrate. And celebrate they did. For the second consecutive week, the team (at least temporarily) hurt the playoff hopes of an opponent while earning its fourth win of the season. 49ers Studios, the team's in-house video production studio, gave fans a look inside the locker room following the 26-23 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak to the division rival, one that dates back to 2013. Head coach Kyle Shanahan handed the game ball to veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who the Seahawks released on March 9 following a ruptured Achilles suffered the November before. The 49ers signed him the next day. "We know the obvious game ball today; he's done an...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 16, 2018 at 7:46 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers finally snapped a 10-game losing streak to the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, who were looking to clinch a playoff birth on Sunday. Robbie Gould kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime to lift San Francisco to a 26-23 victory, its first against Seattle since 2013. We've already delivered some select quotes from 49ers players following the victory. What did Seahawks players have to say about the loss on their side? There was an ongoing theme from them after the game. Below are some key post-game comments about the game from Seahawks...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens completed 20 of his 29 pass attempts for 275 yards with a touchdown. More important, he helped end a 10-game losing streak to the Seattle Seahawks that went all the way back to the 2013 season. "For us to beat the Seahawks is a pretty big deal, I feel," Mullens said after the game. "I hope the fans are pumped up, as happy as we are. It's a big-time rival, big-time win." Cornerback Richard Sherman was with Seattle the last time the 49ers beat the Seahawks. Seattle went on to win the Super Bowl that season. Sherman has been impressed with San Francisco's second-year quarterback, who is now 3-3 as a starter. The defensive veteran praised Mullens after Sunday's 26-23 overtime victory. "Nick Mullens has stepped...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 16, 2018 at 4:38 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers were barely holding onto the top spot in the projected draft order at the end of Week 14 thanks to a weaker strength of schedule. The team's position took a hit after its Week 15 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Levi's Stadium. San Francisco was one of three three-win teams heading into Sunday's action. The two other teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders, each lost their games and fell to 3-11. The 49ers' record improved to 4-10, the same record as both the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars after Sunday's afternoon games. Four wins put San Francisco at the No. 3 spot — if the season ended today,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM
    Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner became the first San Francisco 49ers player since 2012 to have 10-or-more sacks in a single season. The third-year player brought down quarterback Russell Wilson during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks and then again during the fourth. Below is his first sack of the game. DeFo gets to Wilson for his 10th sack of the year 💪🏾#GoNiners pic.twitter.com/rNznZ7DM0Y— San Francisco 49ers...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 15, 2018 at 9:30 PM
    San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (ankle), and wide receivers Marquise Goodwin (calf) and Dante Pettis (foot) were each among the players listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Kyle Shanahan already said this week that he expected Breida to play, barring a setback. "He's looked good this week in practice," Shanahan said on Friday morning. "So, I expect to have him out there unless we have a setback. He's been battling through this (injury) all year." Adam Schefter of ESPN...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 15, 2018 at 4:11 PM
    San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle hauled in seven passes for 210 yards during the first half against the Denver Broncos last weekend. A performance like that is enough to shine a spotlight on a player. Kittle, who is now the franchise record holder for single-season receiving yards by a tight end, his teammates, and his head coach have been bombarded with questions this week about the performance. Friday morning was no different. Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR and discussed his star player at length. While others have been asked about the impressive performance, Shanahan has dealt with questions on why the performance wasn't...
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