Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:51 pm

Vernon Davis to have MRI

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In his standard Monday afternoon news conference, 49ers coach Mike Singletary threw out a bit of interesting information – TE Vernon Davis will have an MRI on his knee.

To the transcript:

On whether Davis’ knee injury happened on his touchdown:

“I think so. I’m not certain about that but I think so.”
On whether Davis returned to the game after his injury :

“I think he did.”
On whether he considers Davis’ injury serious:

“We just want to make sure we’re smart about it and get the MRI and make sure everything’s stable.”

After catching the 17-yard TD pass, Davis underwent a precautionary exam on his head, neck and shoulder. He eventually returned to the game. Perhaps they should have checked his knee as well.

If the 49ers lose Davis for any significant time, that’s … well … it’s not a good thing. But for now, it sounds like the MRI is strictly precautionary.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:41 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 6

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 7:01 pm
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Week 6 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Saints at Buccaneers

This week’s ridiculous injury report goes to the Saints, who have 19 freakin’ guys on their list (they had 19 guys last week as well, so big points for consistency). Four players are probable, and four players, including RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) and CB Randall Gay (head), are out.

The only questionable player is DE Will Smith. Last week, he missed his first game since 2006 with a groin injury (that’s 57-straight games), and this week, he only had limited participation in practice.

The Buccaneers will be without C Jeff Faine, who hurt his quadriceps last week and will be out four to six weeks, and they’ll look to Jeremy Zuttah to replace him. Zuttah was fine in relief vs. the Bengals, but he might have a tougher time with Saints DT Sedrick Ellis. Also, WR Mike Williams, the team’s leading receiver, is questionable with a foot injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Friday, and he will be a gametime decision.

Jets at Broncos

New York’s best defender, CB Darrelle Revis, is also the team’s biggest question mark heading into Sunday’s game. He’s listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He didn’t look good against the Vikings, and he probably won’t play Sunday, especially if he’s only 70-80 percent healthy. Besides, Antonio Cromartie, except for the TD catch he gave up to Randy Moss, looked good last week.

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, and he’s questionable with a hamstring. Without him in the lineup, Laurence Maroney has been pretty ineffective, averaging less than two yards per carry. There seems like a decent chance that Moreno could start.

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas suffered a concussion last week, and he didn’t return to practice until Friday. He might play, but don’t expect him to return kicks. That job likely will fall to Eddie Royal.

Raiders at 49ers

RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) practiced this week on a limited basis, and though he’s listed as questionable, coach Tom Cable said he won’t play him unless he feels 100 percent healthy. If McFadden does play, he likely will back up Michael Bush for the starting RB role. I’m guessing McFadden won’t play.

Though Oakland QB Bruce Gradkowski is questionable with a right shoulder injury, he’s definitely not going to start. That honor will go to Jason Campbell. While Gradkowski has fared fairly well after replacing Campbell the first time, the coaching staff doesn’t have to worry about starting him and then possibly having to take him out if his shoulder bothers him.

Not much news for the 49ers. S Curtis Taylor (quadriceps) and TE Delanie Walker (ankle) are out. T Joe Staley (shoulder), QB Troy Smith (abdomen) and G Adam Snyder (quadriceps) are probable.

Cowboys at Vikings

Will Brett Favre play or won’t he? That’s the biggest question swirling around this game. He’s questionable, but the answer is: of course he’s going to play. That’s what he said anyway. Favre is dealing with tendinitis in his elbow, but he’s not about to let that get in the way of his streak of 289-straight starts.

Although both are listed as questionable, it appears unlikely that CB Chris Cook (knee) and C John Sullivan (calf) will play.

The only questionable Cowboy is WR Dez Bryant. He was listed as not practicing Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but it sounds like he’s going to try to play. Either way, Austin Miles and Roy Williams will continue to be big targets for QB Tony Romo.

UPDATE (7:39 p.m.):
The NFL Network is reporting that Bryant will, in fact, play.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:18 pm

Crabtree wants to go 'big' against Oakland

Posted by Will Brinson

In one of the dumber -- yet unexpected -- draft moves in recent NFL history, the Oakland Raiders passed on Michael Crabtree and took Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall selection in the 2009 draft.

It made no sense at the time, it makes no sense now, and the only reason it's even justifiable is that Al Davis is old and crazy. But that's not stopping Crabtree from holding a grudge against the Raiders for their decision.

"Of course you think about it," Crabtree said of the snub with the Raiders coming to Candlestick Park for Sunday's Battle of the Bay. "Anytime someone gets picked ahead of you, you think about it."

Good news, I guess, is that Crabtree doesn't hate Heyward-Bey for, you know, just walking up to the podium and then tossing up as mediocre a performance as everyone thought he would.

"I'm not worried about Darrius," Crabtree said. "I'm focused on winning the game. But at the same time, I'm thinking about the Raiders."

Randy Moss has a similar beef with the Dallas Cowboys after they passed on him in 1998 -- in the sense that a team that should have pulled the trigger on him didn't.

But that's where the similarities end; comparing Moss and Crabtree is futile in the first place, but it's not like the Raiders ever promised Crabtree they'd draft him.

In fact, everyone would have been almost surprised if Heyward-Bey wasn't Oakland's choice. And the Raiders didn't pass on Crabtree because they didn't think he was the best wideout in the draft. They passed on him because their front office is a freaking wreck.

So while it's nice to see that Crabtree has enough competitive fire to justify his rookie year holdout (the sole reason being he wanted DHB money), it's almost asinine enough to warrant rooting for Heyward-Bey to have a monster game as the Raiders throttle the Niners on Sunday.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:46 pm

I left my heart in SF (not really)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not good when Detroit QB Shaun Hill – a man who soon will be a backup once again – says (paraphrasing), “Man, I’m glad I’m happy not to be in San Francisco.” But it’s doubly not good when the very next day, an assistant coach from across the Bay is saying the same thing (even if he’s not as obviously as pleased as Hill was).

That’s what Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who interviewed for the 49ers offensive coordinator job that Jimmy Raye earned before last season (and then lost earlier this season), had to say today to the Contra Costa Times.

From the Times:

“It was a position I seriously did consider. It just didn’t go right at the time,’’ Jackson said. “Obviously they went in a different direction and I was back in Baltimore and I wished him well, and I’m here in Oakland.’’

Asked if it was his decision, Jackson said, “No, no. That was their call at the time. And that’s OK. I feel I’m where I’m supposed to be now, here with the Raiders getting this organization where it needs to be.’’

That said, you have to wonder: is anybody NOT happy that they’re not playing in San Francisco anymore? Anyone at all?

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:12 pm

Hot Routes 10.14.10: Rudy Does Dallas

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Jesse Holley, former UNC football player and winner of a Cowboys roster spot vis-a-vis Michael Irvin's reality show could end up getting called up to the actual roster soon. It's a pretty cool story, like a "Rudy Does Dallas" or some such. And Irvin is proud of him, obviously.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Jennings got pretty upset about the fact that he hasn't been seeing the number of catches/targets that you would expect from a guy who's topped 1,000 yards for two straight years. Totally understandable, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SEETHING FANTASY OWNERS. Ahem, anyway, he apologized, but, seriously, please throw him the ball.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 8:53 pm

Shaun Hill makes a rather obvious point

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The thank-you-Captain-Obvious story of the day comes from Lions QB Shaun Hill, who told Newsday that he was happy that he didn’t still play for the 49ers. Hmm, who would have guessed that?

"It’s a mess out there,” Hill told Newsday, which was then linked by Comcast Sports Net. "I'm just very happy that I'm here right now."

Yeah, he should be. The 49ers are a disaster. The Lions, meanwhile, seem to be on the upswing, after Hill completed 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and three TDs during Detroit’s 44-6 win against the Rams last Sunday.

Even though he knew he was going to be Matthew Stafford’s backup in Detroit, Hill thought he was making the right move anyway.

"I knew coming here, the roles and everything were completely defined and I was fine with that for sure," Hill said. "I had an opportunity to come in and try to help Matthew out a little bit if possible and, when called upon, to go out there and play. But when he's healthy I know that he's the guy.

"Out in San Francisco there was some stuff up in the air the last few years. It seemed always up in the air. So, believe it or not, I kind of welcomed just everybody having their defined roles and positions."

That’s true, but if he hadn’t left San Francisco, he would have had the chance to hear the crowd chant his name when Alex Smith mucked something up again. Alas, David Carr received that gift Sunday night. Hill had to settle for celebrating a 38-point win.

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