Cowboys vs. 49ers -- Fast track at Candlestick Park

Cowboys vs. 49ers -- Fast track at Candlestick Park

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SAN FRANCISCO -- It's a fast track at Candlestick Park on Sunday, as some of the players are on the field a couple hours before kickoff getting some extra work.There's no wind and the weather is fantastic . . . right now. But this is Candlestick Park. That can change in a hurry -- and likely will change at some point before or after kickoff.
It does not appear the Dallas Cowboys will have the services of receiver Dez Bryant, who sustained a deep thigh contusion last week while returning a punt against the New York Jets. Still, the Cowboys' biggest threat to the 49ers figures to be through the air with quarterback Tony Romo, who rolled up 342 passing yards a week ago against the Jets.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers, who played his first six NFL seasons in the NFC East against the Cowboys, had his girlfriend send him the notes he took through the years on the 49ers' Week 2 opponent. Rogers said the key to defending Cowboys is to put pressure on the quarterback."I was telling some of the guys, if you sit back there and let Romo just be a pocket quarterback, he can be a Hall-of-Fame quarterback," Rogers said. "You're going to have to put pressure on him, you're going to have to give him different looks. And our line is going to have to do what they did last week and get after those guys, and mix it up. Because Romo will pick us apart." The 49ers were calling for a "Red Out," this week from the fan base for the game. But there is a noticeable contingent of Cowboys fans at Candlestick. I remember in 2005 when the Cowboys last played here, the 49ers had to call a timeout late in the game because of crowd noise from the Dallas fans. Both teams will submit their lists of seven inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”


49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.