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Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

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Harbaugh: 'We're feeling good about the week'

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh had an unscheduled visit with the media on Friday to talk about the 49ers' All-Pro selections and some other topics.Inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, defensive tackle Justin Smith, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee were chosen first-team Associated Press All-Pro. In addition, Justin Smith was voted second-team defensive end.The 49ers have a bye during the first weekend of the playoffs, and will play in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Candlestick Park against either New Orleans, Atlanta or the New York Giants.Here's what Harbaugh had to say. . .

What does it say about the team that five players were named first-team All-Pro?
Harbaugh: "We're always happy for the other guy's success, and I think what it says is a rising tide lifts all ships. And so we're happy for them."Bowman was first team and did not make Pro Bowl what does it say for him to get recognized?
Harbaugh: "He was a second-team (Pro Bowl) alternate. I think it's great recognition. He is our leading tackler, I believe. To do that alongside Patrick Willis, they've done a phenomenal job of playing great football and playing together well, and playing within the framework of our defense. He's already in his second year, and doing a tremendous job."Justin Smith was first-team defensive tackle and second-team defensive end. That's unique, isn't it?
Harbaugh: "That's unique. The fellas got a chuckle out of that when I announced it to them. 'First-team defensive tackle Justin Smith.' 'Second-team defensive end Justin Smith.' They got a laugh out of it."What is he: a defensive end or a defensive tackle?
Harbaugh: "He's both in our system. He plays tackle when we're in the four-down schemes, and he plays end when we're in the three-down schemes."Were there any who didn't make it that you thought should've been on?
Harbaugh: "Oh, sure. But based on what? There are a lot of good players in the league and I don't want to make any comparisons to those who made it or those who didn't. It's nice recognition. We're happy for those guys, and they're very well-deserving."Where will you watch the games this weekend?
Harbaugh: "Forty-nine, forty-nine Centennial Boulevard (the 49ers practice facility). We'll watch it here as a group, until we know who we're playing and then as soon as we know, we'll be able to get right on to the game-planning for that opponent. Literally, as soon as we know, we'll start doing that."What do you do when you're gearing up for a long night?
Harbaugh: "If it's just the coaches, we'll bring in pizzas or something like that."Do you feel like you guys are healing up out here the way you'd like on your bye week?
Harbaugh: "Yes. Our guys are in high spirits, great morale and really moving quick and fast. We got two really good days of practice and a third day was a recovery day, a workout day. And I think that helped, as well. Coming off our three days together, we're feeling good about the week."

Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

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Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem.

Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group prior to the playing of the national anthem.

"I hope that I'm clear and I hope that our team is clear: We want to respect the flag. Make no mistake about that," Jones said.

"Nothing that we've done, nothing that we did tonight says anything other than that. We also want to as a complete team, as players and an organization, be able to, whenever we can, demonstrate that unity is important and equality is important.

"That's what I'm so proud of these guys for, they did both and did it in a way when people really stop and think about it, makes a lot of sense."

The Cowboys sat and watched the protests across the NFL on Sunday and spent most of Monday discussing the best way to show unity without denigrating the flag.

After warmups Monday night, they went into the locker room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.

Arm-in-arm, they dropped to a knee as a giant flag was carried onto the field, with Jones and his family in the middle near the 50-yard line.

Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"The objectives, as much as anything else, was to somehow, some way demonstrate unity and demonstrate equality, and do so without any way involving the American flag and the national anthem," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

The Arizona Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem. They were joined by owner Michael Bidwell, his family and general manager Steve Keim.

More than 200 NFL players kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national anthem should be fired.

Three teams did not take the field for the national anthem and numerous NFL owners came out against Trump's statements.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

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49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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