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  • By David Bonilla
    9 hrs ago 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 2 contest against the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tight end George Kittle missed his third practice of the week and has been ruled "out" of Sunday's game due to a knee injury. Kittle suffered the injury just before halftime during Week 1's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Cornerback Jason Verrett is the only other 49ers player who has officially been ruled "out" — other than those on injury lists. Defensive end Dee Ford experienced some neck stiffness this week and underwent further tests. He has been listed as "questionable" to play against the Jets. On the Jets' side, wide receiver Jamison Crowder has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury....
  • By David Bonilla
    13 hrs ago 1 comment
    There was some talk after the Arizona Cardinals pulled off the upset victory over the defending NFC champions at Levi's Stadium that the San Francisco 49ers may have been rusty. There's no doubt that the team was banged up entering the contest. It entered the game without two receivers who figure to be key contributors this season and its starting and backup centers out of the lineup. Then the 49ers' All-Pro tight end, George Kittle, suffered an injury midway through the contest. Although, he kept playing because ... well, he's George Kittle. But did the lack of a preseason impact the 49ers' performance during Week 1? Maybe. But it's probably not the only thing that affected the team on Sunday. It is worth noting that every NFL team was on equal footing when it...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joined KNBR on Friday morning and provided some injury updates heading into the team's Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets on Sunday. The latest injury is to pass rusher Dee Ford, who Lynch said came in with some neck stiffness this week. "We sent him for some imaging, and we're waiting to kind of hear those results here this morning," Lynch added. "We'll let you know as we know." Tight end George Kittle suffered a knee sprain right before halftime during the 49ers' loss to the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend. He has not practiced yet this week but could still play on Sunday. "He did sprain his knee," Lynch said. "Is it out of the question that he plays? No. George is obviously very...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch joined KNBR on Friday morning and provided several injury updates. Among them was news that cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has cleared the concussion protocol and will start in place of Richard Sherman this weekend against the New York Jets. Sherman was placed on short-term injured reserve this week and will miss at least the next three games. Lynch did note that his calf strain is unrelated to his previous Achilles injury. The general manager saw Sherman after the game and noted, "It wasn't pretty the way he was walking." That, along with discussions with Sherman, led the 49ers to sideline the All-Pro cornerback for a few games. Witherspoon will fill in for the veteran cornerback and play...
  • By David Bonilla
    16 hrs ago 0 comments
    Throughout the 2020 NFL season, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com will rank the league's signal-callers in his QB Index. His second installment is in and now factors in some actual play from the 2020 season. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggled during Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals and looks to rebound on Sunday against the New York Jets. Just looking at the stat sheet, Garoppolo's numbers don't look terrible. He threw for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cardinals defense. However, watching the game, you could tell that the 49ers quarterback struggled to find his open receivers and make good decisions, which...
  • By David Bonilla
    17 hrs ago 0 comments
    The ESPN staff took a look at the upcoming slate of NFL games, as it does each week, and made its picks and predictions for each. Both Rich Cimini and Nick Wagoner picked the San Francisco 49ers to beat the New York Jets on Sunday, while ESPN's Football Power Index has the Niners with a 61.1 percent chance to win. Wagoner, who covers the 49ers beat for ESPN, made his bold prediction for the game. He expects to see a big performance out of rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in his NFL debut. Aiyuk was inactive on Sunday during the Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. "49ers rookie receiver...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 6:22 PM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mohammed Sanu, barring any complications, should join his new teammates tomorrow and practice with them for the first time since signing a one-year deal earlier this week. Tomorrow's practice will just be a walk-through. Typically, missing each full practice in the days preceding a game would reduce a player's chances of playing — especially a new player. Sanu, however, is familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, having played within it during his time with the Atlanta Falcons. That, combined with the injury concerns at the position, could mean fans get to see Sanu out on the field against the New York...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 6:11 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers being able to convert third downs wasn't the only thing noticeably absent from Sunday's loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Kyle Shanhan's red hat from last season, dubbed by fans as the "Shanahat" was also nowhere to be seen. The headwear had been a good luck charm during the 49ers' incredible run that ended just short of a championship. Shanahan had wanted to ditch the red hat but his wife would not allow it. Shanahan joined KNBR on Thursday and was asked if he feels that making the switch in headwear contributed to the 49ers' bad luck in the season-opener. "No, I definitely didn't," Shanahan responded with a laugh during the Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show. "I didn't think about my hat. I had a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 5:31 PM 0 comments
    Everyone in the NFL has a tremendous amount of respect for Frank Gore. He remains a fan-favorite in the Bay Area, even this week as the San Francisco 49ers prepare to face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Gore is in his 16th NFL season. The future Hall of Fame running back figures to be a significant part of the Jets offense this weekend with Le'Veon Bell on injured reserve. Head coach Adam Gase confirmed this week that the 37-year-old running back would start against the 49ers — the team that drafted Gore in 2005. Second-year defensive end Nick Bosa was seven years old when Gore took his first NFL snap. His defense will try to stop the veteran running back on Sunday. Bosa, now 22, was asked about Gore after Thursday's practice and whether...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 4:26 PM 0 comments
    Trent Williams received a video from his head coach on Sunday after the San Francisco 49ers' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It was the block he had on linebacker Jordan Hicks during the game. "Wow, it's good to have you back," Kyle Shanahan said in the message that included the highlight. That block went viral on Sunday, and rightfully so. Williams absolutely obliterated the defender on the play, which featured tight end George Kittle on an end-around run. Here's some cleaner video of that viral clip of Trent Williams killing a man in broad daylight....
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 3:56 PM 0 comments
    By now, you've probably seen NFL Media analyst Brian Baldinger's breakdown of what he saw on Sunday from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. While the rookie didn't come away with impressive statistics from his NFL debut, what he did on the field was enough to impress Baldy. [email protected] @JavonKinlaw flashed on Sunday. He already is learning moves when most rookie DL...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 2:49 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 2 contest against the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Neither tight end George Kittle (knee) nor cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) practiced. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said this week that he hopes Kittle can practice on Friday, but even if he can't, that doesn't necessarily rule him out for Sunday's game. Defensive end Dee Ford also did not practice. The injury report notes that it was due to a neck injury. The pass rusher was a full participant on Wednesday. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) returned to practice, albeit in a blue no-contact jersey. He is in the concussion protocol. The 49ers will be without starter Richard Sherman for the next...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 10:17 AM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw didn't walk away from his NFL debut with gaudy statistics. He was credited with just one tackle during Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Still, Pro Football Focus graded the young defender as the fourth-best 49ers player from Week 1 and felt he had the third-best debut by an NFL rookie. NFL Media analyst Brian Baldinger was impressed by Kinlaw's performance against the Cardinals and shared a little film breaking down why he feels that way. He called the young defender an "incredible prospect with...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 9:10 AM 0 comments
    Trent Williams knows a thing or two about talented pass rushers. So when the San Francisco 49ers big-man who anchors the left side of the offensive line tells you that defensive end Nick Bosa is already one of the best in the league, the statement holds some weight. Williams has been praising the second-year defensive end since arriving to the 49ers in April via a trade. He did so again during a conversation with Damon Bruce, Ray Ratto, and Matt Kolsky on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday night. Having practiced against Bosa all of training camp, the veteran tackle was asked where the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year ranks among pass rushers he's faced over his illustrious career. "Literally, right now, as we speak, in his second year, he's already top five...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 7:21 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers could see a healthy dose of Frank Gore on Sunday when they travel to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Jets. The running back remains the 49ers' all-time rushing leader. He started his career with the team, played 10 seasons with San Francisco, and remains a fan favorite. Gore even has admirers on the current 49ers roster. Running back Raheem Mostert once asked former Niners tackle Joe Staley about Gore. Staley and Gore played eight seasons together. "I asked him, 'What does it take for a guy like me to be like Frank Gore?'" Mostert shared this past offseason. "Because Frank Gore is my idol. I love watching him play, and I know that Joe was blocking...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 17, 2020 at 6:16 AM 0 comments
    Former NFL running back turned NFL Media analyst Maurice Jones-Drew ranked his top 15 running backs, as he will do each week. San Francisco 49ers back Raheem Mostert came in at No. 11 on the list after one week's worth of NFL games. Mostert earned his first career NFL start. That's right. In his sixth NFL season, Mostert finally made his first start on Sunday. Yes, he led the team in rushing last season but wasn't on the field with his teammates during the first offensive snap of any game. Mostert showed off his versatility on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, rushing for 56 yards on 15 attempts and hauling in four passes for 95 yards and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 16, 2020 at 3:57 PM 0 comments
    The earliest new San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Mohammed Sanu will get onto the practice field will be on Friday. He has to go through the COVID-19 protocols before joining his new teammates for the first time. Until then, he is attending meetings virtually and working on getting up to speed as quickly as possible. Given the constraints, it might be safe to assume that Sanu probably won't play on Sunday when the 49ers travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets. Not so fast. Head coach Kyle Shanahan noted on Wednesday that Sanu's experience within the offense means anything is possible. The receiver played a season under Shanahan when the coach was an offensive coordinator in Atlanta. "He only had one year away from it and did...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 2 contest against the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tight end George Kittle did not practice after suffering a knee sprain during Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the earliest he would practice would be on Friday but also noted that his tight end could play on Sunday even if that doesn't happen. Cornerback Richard Sherman on Wednesday landed on injured reserve. He will have to miss at least the next three games, making his...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 16, 2020 at 2:20 PM 0 comments
    Raheem Mostert joined KNBR on Wednesday morning for a lengthy interview on the Murph & Mac show. The San Francisco 49ers running back knows that losing on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals was a disappointment, but he and his teammates aren't dwelling on it. "For me, personally, I think that game just kind of woke the beast up a little bit as far as where we want to go," Mostert said. "We've just got to take care of business this weekend, and handle what we can control, and go out there and try to get another win." San Francisco begins a two-game road trip to face the New York Jets and New York Giants in back-to-back games at MetLife Stadium. 49ers fans will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline, as 16-year veteran running back...
  • By David Bonilla
    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:53 PM 0 comments
    A San Francisco 49ers player rarely suits up for a game without practicing during the days leading up to that game. George Kittle is a rare tight end, though. Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Kittle wouldn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. The tight end may not practice until Friday, and even that is not a certainty. That doesn't mean the New York Jets won't have to game plan for him, though. "Kittle, he's battling," Shanahan told reporters before Wednesday's practice. "We thought it would be alright. He woke up the next day a little sore. He fully expects to be there Sunday, like he always does. Just like he always plays through the game when it happens." Kittle suffered a knee sprain on a hit from safety Budda Baker during Sunday's loss to...
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