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..

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.