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Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

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Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

Carlos Rogers phone blew up with voice mail and texts after his first career game with two interceptions. But the messages werent all congratulatory, specifically the ones from his friends who play for the team the 49ers just beat 27-20.Some of Giants players I know told me, Dont come on our sideline doing his dance, Rogers said flashing a larger-than-life smile.They were talking about the salsa-type moves Rogers busted out after his first pick in the second quarter. He performed the shimmy right in front of the Giants bench, and the New York players recognized the dance immediately.Victor Cruz, every time he scores he does that dance. So, once I got the pick on him I just did it right there. Surprised I didnt get the flag, Rogers said laughing loudly and noting that the Giants players calls were all in good fun.RELATED: NFL leaders -- interceptions
Rogers had reason to smile as he retold the event. The talented young Cruz, the Giants' leading receiver, had the veteran corner running all over Sunday, and Rogers admits, he often got the best of him causing a bit of frustration.That Victor Cruz is real hot right now. Hes an unbelievable player, Rogers said. When you get a quick guy like that in the slot youve got your work cut out for you.But Rogers remained patient and stuck to a philosophy of being aggressive and taking risks.You cant go in afraid to make a mistake. If you make a mistake, the game aint over, Rogers said. Thats my mindset throughout the game.Rogers patience paid off when Eli Manning went after Rogers on back-to-back plays. Cruz was the target both times. Rogers recognized that the receiver ran the same route on both plays, and on the second throw, grabbed his first pick of the game.The play before, I played off and he kind of gave me a move to the inside, and I went for it. Im glad he dropped the pass. The second one I pressed him, Rogers said. Once I seen him go up I was like, Ok, this man has got to be running the corner route. If he ran something else he had me.But Rogers isnt just relying on great guesswork. Head coach Jim Harbaugh praised Rogers instincts, his game preparation and for knowing when to take those risks within the 49ers defensive scheme. Rogers nabbed his second interception in the fourth quarter when he recognized a dig route and jumped Mario Manningham. The takeaway gave the 49ers the ball on the Giants 17 yard line and set them up for what would be the game winning touchdown. But the pick off of Cruz still holds favored status.Especially on him, I had to do it, Rogers said. After that man had caught a couple of passes, to get a pick at that time, going into the half, that was a relief. I was just happy so I had to do his dance.

Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

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Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.

“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”

The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.

Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.

Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”

Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.

Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”

When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route.“

 

Controversial pass-interference call derails 49ers comeback

Controversial pass-interference call derails 49ers comeback

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers had momentum and field position on their side when Trent Taylor made a sprawling catch at the Los Angeles Rams' 39-yard line.

The 49ers, down by two points, were nearing field-goal range on the first play after the two-minute warning. But the momentum was quickly halted.

Taylor was called for offensive pass interference as he broke to the outside against the coverage of Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. TV replays were inconclusive whether Taylor extended his right arm to push off.

“I ran the route the way it was called, the way that I always run it,” Taylor told NBC Sports Bay Area afer the game. “Felt good about it, and it was a great play call. But the ref’s decision on that, that’s nothing I can comment on. So I’ll just leave it as it is.”

The penalty set back the 49ers 10 yards. Brian Hoyer’s third-and-20 pass was incomplete, and he was sacked on fourth down to end any hope of a 49ers comeback victory.

“In that time of the game I would think you would let people play,” said Hoyer, prefacing his remarks with his intention to not say anything would warrant a fine.

“But I haven’t seen it. I have to go and watch the film. You know what, you don’t want to leave it up to the refs anyways. You hope you make a few plays earlier in the game to change the outcome. If it comes down to that, then that’s what it is. That’s what the guys job is to do.”

Taylor caught three passes for 32 yards, including his first NFL touchdown. He was also involved in another key play just moments earlier as the 49ers sought to tie the game. Hoyer’s two-point conversion pass attempt was tipped by Los Angeles cornerback Troy Hill and intercepted by defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Taylor was the third option on the play. Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin were both well-covered on their inside-breaking routes. Taylor initially had separation against Hill, but that was a problem for the 49ers. The route called for Taylor to cut it back inside. Hoyer and Taylor teamed up for a touchdown on the exact same route on the other side earlier in the game against Hill.

“They got lucky and guessed the play,” Taylor said. “They were on it, so there was nothing we could do about it.”