Edwards, Willis out; Staley, Roethlisberger in


Edwards, Willis out; Staley, Roethlisberger in

UPDATE: A power blackout has occurred at Candlestick Park at 5:10 p.m. More details to follow as they become available but Matt Maiocco is guessing that it could push back kickoff of Steelers-49ers.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Receiver Braylon Edwards, who has been nursing knee and shoulder ailments, is inactive for the 49ers' Monday night game against Pittsburgh Steelers.As expected, linebacker Patrick Willis (right hamstring) will miss the game, while left tackle Joe Staley is expected to start. Staley was cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion last week.Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (left ankle) will be in uniform and is expected to start. Roethlisberger hobbled out to the field more than two hours before game time with a plastic, hinged brace on his ankle.

Willis went through rehab work before game with Mark Uyeyama, 49ers strength and conditioning coach. Though not running at full speed, Willis was clearly pushing his strained right hamstring more than a week ago.Brett Swain is active for the 49ers in place of Edwards, who will not suit up for the second time in three games. Also, cornerback Shawntae Spencer will be in uniform ahead of Tramaine Brock, who is inactive.Rookie offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore is active for the first time in his NFL career. The 49ers might use Kilgore as a blocker out of the backfield.Here is the list of inactive players for the 49ers-Steelers game:49ers inactives
LB Patrick Willis
WR Braylon Edwards
QB Scott Tolzien
CB Tramaine Brock
FB Moran Norris
T Mike Person
DT Ian WilliamsSteelers inactives
CB Curtis Brown
C Maurkice Pouncey
LB Chris Carter
DE Al Woods
OT Jamon Merdith
WR Emmanuel SandersAlso, OLB James Harrison is inactive, serving a one-game suspension.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.