Gore batters Seahawks, absorbs pounding

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Gore batters Seahawks, absorbs pounding

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore dished out his share of punishment on Thursday night. And also absorbed a lot of blows in the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.Gore and his Seattle counterpart, Marshawn Lynch, supplied most of the offense for both teams. Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 rushing attempts before exiting midway through the fourth quarter.Gore told CSNBayArea.com that he sustained bruised ribs. X-rays taken after the game were negative, he said. He said he sustained the injury when he was hit in the back in the second quarter after catching a short pass."It was a good hit, a good play by Seattle," he said.Said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, "It was the most physical 30 minutes of football in that second half that I've ever seen our team play."
The 49ers' offensive line of tackles Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone, and center Jonathan Goodwin had a strong day against a Seattle defense that was ranked No. 4 in the NFL. In addition to opening holes for Gore, they also supplied quarterback Alex Smith with time to throw.However, about the only offense the 49ers could generate in the passing game came from Gore, too. Gore also finished with five receptions for 51 yards.The 49ers put together the only touchdown drive of the game at the start with their first drive of the third quarter. Smith completed 5-of-5 passes for 60 yards.After that, the 49ers turned to Gore to control the clock. Smith threw an interception at the goal line to end one drive, and the 49ers settled for a David Akers field goal for another score."I got a rhythm and the O-line and receivers did a great job of blocking. I feel like once I get in a rhythm, I feel like I can't be stopped," Gore said.Gore did not play for the final eight minutes of the game due to the soreness in his ribs."I'll be all right," Gore said. "Coach just wanted to be smart. We have a long season. We have great backs, Kendall (Hunter), Brandon Jacobs, Anthony Dixon. They can do things to help our team."Hunter carried nine times for 31 yards. Jacobs was active for the first time this season but did not play.Gore will have 10 full days to get ready for the 49ers' next game. The 49ers return to action Monday, Oct. 29, at the Arizona Cardinals.The game matched two of the top running backs in the league. Lynch was impressive in his own right Thursday with 103 yards rushing on 19 carries."He's a bulldog," Gore said. "Whenever there are two backs who are the top guys, you want to compete. We were playing at home, so I wasn't going to let him out-do me."

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.