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49ers' Walker expecting Alex Smith to start Sunday

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49ers' Walker expecting Alex Smith to start Sunday

49ers' tight end Delanie Walker was asked about the team's quarterback situation on NFL Network Tuesday. Here is a transcript of his comments:

On who he thinks should be the 49ers starting quarterback:

Theyre both great. Alex Smith did not lose his job he didnt do anything to lose his job. So he should have the right of way to start again. But like youve seen, Colin Kaepernick has been doing a great job of controlling the offense, making great plays and putting us in winning situations.

On if he is surprised at the level of success Colin Kaepernick has had in his first two starts:

Not at all. Kaepernick was doing that last year when he got in here during training camp and he was doing it this year during training camp. Hes always been waiting and he had that moment to go out there and show the world what he can do. He also has a great teacher and thats Alex Smith. He sits there and hes like a sponge. He learns everything Alex teaches him and you can see it when he goes out there and he does what he does on the field.

On if he would be surprised if Alex Smith did not start this week against the St. Louis Rams:

I would probably be a little surprised if Alex Smith did not start because like I said, Alex didnt do anything to lose the job. He got hurt so that gave Colin Kaepernick a chance to go out there and win games, and he did that; especially in the Monday night game, a big one in his first start. But Alex has shown that he can win and he led us to the NFC Championship Game, so Im very confident in Alex. I would be a little surprised but whatever Jim Harbaugh decides, Im going to go with it.

On what has been the difference for the 49ers since the loss to the New York Giants:

That game against the New York Giants, we talked about payback and I think that we shouldnt have been talking about that. So now we go about every game just one game at a time. Doesnt matter who we play, were going to run our game and not change it. We kind of changed it up a little bit for the Giants and now were going back to what we do. Were going to pound the ball, throw it and get short yardage, and let the receivers make the first down for us.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"

49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.