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Davis, Harbaugh clear the air

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Davis, Harbaugh clear the air

Tight end Vernon Davis expressed surprise at the 49ers' plan following the 49ers overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Davis spoke about his desire to see the team utilize all of its offensive playmakers.

Davis and Jim Harbaugh met this week, and Davis told the same things to his head coach, he said.

"I had on my mind some things I felt we could've done better," Davis said on Wednesday. "And I pointed them out to him, as far as getting everybody involved -- I mean, everybody, all the playmakers that we have."That's what we need to win games. And that's what I'm here for, to win games, help my teammates win games, go to the playoffs and get a chance to appear in the Super Bowl. That's all I think about."Harbaugh said the conversation was entirely about football."Not really going to share much," Harbaugh said. "It was a two-way conversation. It was just about football. It wasn't about frustration or however else it was characterized."Davis has just seven receptions for 65 yards in two games. He had only two passes directed his way Sunday against the Cowboys, catching them both for 18 yards.Davis attracted a lot of attention, and the Cowboys took away the pass in the deep middle with a linebacker dropping to the middle of the field and a safety providing deep help. Davis ran a seam route that opened the door for Delanie Walker to catch a 29-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline."I strongly believe Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the staff will do everything they can to put us in a great situation to make plays, whether it's blocking, whether it's catching passes or whatever," Davis said. "I put it in their hands. They got it. They know what they're doing. So I got to trust and believe in that, and continue to play ball.It's still early. That's why I didn't have to talk to him about that too much. It's still early. Everybody is still learning the offense.

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

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!"