Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco 49ers’

49ers rookie LB Foster limited by injury to right shoulder

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster has a mild AC joint sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Foster was held out of contact during practice Thursday with the Denver Broncos because of the injury. The team says the injury is not related to the torn rotator cuff that Foster had an operation on before the draft.

49ers GM John Lynch: Anthem protests ‘divisive,’ but respects players’ rights

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The man in charge of Colin Kaepernick's former team is sharing his thoughts on the ongoing national anthem protests. 49ers general manager John Lynch said that while football and the love of the game should unite players of different backgrounds, he believes players have a right to use their position as a platform to speak out on their personal beliefs. "We had a great deal the other day where we had four chairs up here, and there was Steve Young and Jerry Rice," Lynch said, via ESPN.

49ers rookie DB gets way too physical during practice against Broncos

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

SANTA CLARA – If the play had occurred three days later, 49ers rookie safety Adrian Colbert would have been fined $24,309 for an illegal hit. The 49ers and Denver Broncos held a joint practice Wednesday on the 49ers’ practice fields behind Levi’s Stadium. Both teams were wearing pads, but live tackling was not allowed. Colbert, a seventh-round draft pick from Miami, temporarily forgot the ground rules established by coaches Kyle Shanahan and Vance Joseph. During a 7-on-7 period early in practice, Colbert launched himself at defenseless receiver Steven Scheu, a first-year tight end, and leveled him on an incomplete pass. Both players were OK. Players on both teams started pushing and shoving,

Kansas woman to serve as full-time assistant for NFL team

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A woman from Hesston has been hired by a National Football League team as a full-time assistant coach for the 2017 season. Katie Sowers, a 2004 graduate of Hesston High School, has been coaching wide receivers and working with quality control coaches during San Francisco 49ers training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., this summer. On Tuesday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during a news conference that he wanted Sowers to work full time as a member of the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming season. Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News was the first to report that Sowers will be with the team full time this season. Sowers came to the team as an intern as part of a minority fellowship program

NFL player sits out national anthem to protest Virginia violence

Monday, August 14th, 2017

With his gesture on Sunday, the 31-year-old defensive end became the latest NFL player to use the playing of the Star Spangled Banner anthem as a protest forum. Last season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick grabbed the media spotlight when he refused to stand for the anthem, saying he was protesting police brutality and social inequality.

Katie Sowers added to 49ers coaching staff

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The 49ers will become the second NFL team with a woman as a full-time member of their coaching staff. The team hired Katie Sowers as a coaching fellow for training camp this year and Sowers announced on her Facebook page that the team has extended her an offer to remain on the staff through the 2017 season. Sowers was a scouting intern for the Falcons last year when 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta.

Seahawks’ Bennett sits for national anthem in preseason opener

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett remained seated for the national anthem during their preseason opener with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Bennett has been a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who sat during the anthem before a preseason game for the San Francisco 49ers last year and knelt for the anthem for the entire 2016 season in protest of what he viewed as oppression "of black people and people of colour" in the United States.

49ers hire team’s first female assistant coach

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The rule that prohibits rookies from joining NFL offseason programs until classes at their colleges have ended, really, has little impact on the top draft picks. The young players who face the biggest challenges are those who must make an immediate impression in order to win a job. “Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas, those guys get all the attention because they’re first-round picks,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But those are the guys who are going to be all right, regardless of whether they miss an offseason. “It’s more of the guys like Kendrick Bourne, who was undrafted and other people like that, who are battling to make roster spots who have only been here for a few weeks, it really

Hurt by NFL rules, 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne making up for lost time

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The rule that prohibits rookies from joining NFL offseason programs until classes at their colleges have ended, really, has little impact on the top draft picks. The young players who face the biggest challenges are those who must make an immediate impression in order to win a job. “Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas, those guys get all the attention because they’re first-round picks,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But those are the guys who are going to be all right, regardless of whether they miss an offseason. “It’s more of the guys like Kendrick Bourne, who was undrafted and other people like that, who are battling to make roster spots who have only been here for a few weeks, it really

Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem in his first game out of retirement

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler next to the bench during the playing of the national anthem in the team’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Why Lynch chose to sit hasn’t yet been revealed, but it comes nearly one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season. Many other NFL players joined the protest during the year, but Lynch was retired after making the decision to hang up his cleats following the 2015 season. After deciding to return to football, Lynch was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a swap of late-round selections between