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Flu bug hits Eli, ex-49er Carr is backup

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Flu bug hits Eli, ex-49er Carr is backup

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning did not finish practice Wednesday morning due to a "stomach bug," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters.Coughlin added that he hoped his quarterback's illness was a "24-hour deal."No doubt the Giants hope so as well, what with Manning playing of late like the self-described "elite" quarterback he proclaimed himself to be earlier this season and after taking a look at the Giants' depth chart. David Carr, the former No. 1 overall draft pick out of Fresno State and one-time 49ers quarterback, is Manning's backup.Carr, who did not take a single snap this season, last played in an NFL game on Oct. 24, 2010 ... for the 49ers. It was his only appearance for the 49ers, in relief of an injured Alex Smith, and Carr completed five of 13 passes for 67 yards and an interception for a ghastly passer rating of 23.6 in a 23-20 loss at Carolina. Carr had his contract terminated by the 49ers almost as soon as the lockout ended, on July 29."A lot of people had to leave, me included," Carr said this week, according to Giants.com. "But it ended up working out for me and hopefully for a lot of the guys that had to leave. It would have been nice to get a chance to stay out there, but this worked out pretty well too."Carr, who was drafted by Houston in 2002, has also spent time with Carolina and had an earlier stint with the Giants. The way things ended in San Francisco, though, left a particularly bitter taste in the California native's mouth.He spoke of it in training camp."I kind of knew from the spring that it wasn't going to be a situation where I was going to get to compete for anything," Carr said in August. "That was kind of frustrating for me all the way back then. This was last spring. This was before the season. As far as how they were giving the reps out and what not. That was the tough part for me. I kind of wanted to come back to New York then."What happened was when the general manager (Scott McLoughan) that was there brought me in, the understanding was that I was going to compete. Then he ended up getting fired and they brought in a new general manager (Trent Baalke). They have their own ideas. I kind of just got washed up to the side."I was like, man, this is not going to be good."Carr said he also spoke to incoming 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh about his prospects."I think he was straight up with me," Carr said. "He said that anybody that's in camp is going to get the chance to compete for the job. I just happened to not be in camp."And the Giants hope Carr is not in the NFC title game come Sunday at Candlestick Park..

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

NEW YORK -- Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside the headquarters of the National Football League on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing Kaepernick's name, crowded the steps outside the NFL's midtown Manhattan offices.

Kaepernick, who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, opted out of his contract with the team in March and remains unsigned. Supporters say he is being blackballed for his advocacy, but some critics say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem or contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Chants at the demonstration included "Boycott! Boycott!" Women's March organizer Tamika Mallory, addressing football fans, said, "I don't care how long you've been watching football, if they don't stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off."

Political commentator Symone Sanders said, "We are all standing with Kaepernick. It is time for the NFL to put up or shut up."

Earlier Wednesday, the NAACP called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of Kaepernick, who was born to a white woman and a black man but was adopted by a white couple. The civil rights organization's interim president, Derrick Johnson, said in a letter to the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it's apparently "no sheer coincidence" that Kaepernick isn't on a roster.

"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech - to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations," Johnson said.

The NAACP's state president in New York, Hazel Dukes, said: "Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform."

Goodell has said the league isn't blackballing Kaepernick.

Some other players followed Kaepernick's actions last season, and some are doing so in this year's pre-season. On Monday, a group of Cleveland Browns players prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. Among those kneeling was a white player, Seth DeValve. Another white player, Britton Colquitt, did not kneel but kept his hand on the shoulder of a teammate who did.

That protest earned the ire of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, the lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office. Justice Bill O'Neill wrote on Facebook that he wouldn't attend any games at which "draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field."

"Shame on you all," he said.

49ers activate Jimmie Ward

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49ers activate Jimmie Ward

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.

Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.

He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.

Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.

Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.