Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs

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Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs

SANTA CLARA -- First, he had torn knee cartilage in his right knee that knocked him out of four games. And for the past three games, 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards has been bothered by a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.With his regular-season productivity nowhere near expectation due to injuries, Edwards said Monday his focus is to make his major contribution to the 49ers in the playoffs."My plan is more so the playoffs," Edwards said. "We've pretty much wrapped those up with a win this week. I think the big thing for me is to get back healthy. We got five games left and the playoffs. The ideal goal for me would be to get back healthy for the playoffs. That would be key."Edwards said it might be necessary to rest for a regular-season game or two to ensure he's healthy for the playoffs. The 49ers (9-2) can wrap up the NFC West title with a victory Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
"We'll see what the doctors say," Edwards said. "We'll put that plan in the hands of the doctors and trainers and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and see what they think. Maybe that's what needs to happen."Edwards ranks sixth on the 49ers with 14 catches for 172 yards and no touchdowns after signing an incentive-laden one-year contract with the 49ers. His one-year contract has a base salary of 1 million. At the time he signed, it was widely reported to be a 3.5 million deal. But he only gets the full amount if he catches 90 passes and makes the NFC Pro Bowl team.
The incentives were essentially lost when he tore knee cartilage in a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and missed four games after undergoing surgery. He then sustained a sprained shoulder against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 6. He has suited up for every game since, but he has seen a reduction in play time. On the 49ers' injury report, there has been no mention of his shoulder injury since the time Edwards said the injury occurred.
"It's not about production," Edwards said. "I've been hurt. I had knee surgery and I have a bad shoulder. So it's not about production, it's about being hurt. I haven't ever had a season in which I've been hurt, with the exception of my rookie year."It's all new to me. It's very frustrating. I just ask the team to bear with me. I can't really control being hurt. It's part of the game."Edwards blamed the lack of work he and quarterback Alex Smith have had together on the interception at the end of the first half of the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday."He saw one thing, and I saw another," Edwards said. "That happens from time to time, and it probably stems from us not being out there a lot together with my injury."I saw a defensive back playing inside leverage, so I attacked his inside leverage to give myself more room on the outside as well as the quarterback. Alex saw me going inside, so he assumed I was going to stay inside. So it was an honest mistake on both parts. We just didn't get it done and it led to an interception."

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.