Harbaugh: 'Overly optimistic' with 49ers' injuries


Harbaugh: 'Overly optimistic' with 49ers' injuries

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that he might have been "overly optimistic" about fielding a completely healthy team Sunday when the 49ers face the Cleveland Browns.When asked specifically about receiver Braylon Edwards' status for the game Sunday, Harbaugh said, "I think we need a little more evaluation -- might have been a little overly optimistic, just in general, about our guys we're getting back for this ballgame. We'll assess it and determine it day by day."Harbaugh would not get any more specific. But Edwards is expected to be available for Sunday's game, as he returns to practice from arthroscopic knee surgery last month.
Quarterback Alex Smith said it will be an adjustment to work Edwards back into the offense after he's been out for more than a month."It'll be a little adjustment to be gone for a few weeks and getting back in the mix," Smith said.It does not appear fullback Moran Norris will be available for the game. He sustained a fractured left fibula in a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.It appears the other injured 49ers will be available: guard Adam Snyder (shoulder), linebacker Parys Haralson (hamstring) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hand). The 49ers' first full practice of the week is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos


Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.

NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.

New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick


New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick

NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.

The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.

He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.

The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."

One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."

He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.

"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.