Injury report: 49ers have fewer concerns than Giants

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Injury report: 49ers have fewer concerns than Giants

SANTA CLARA -- Every player on the 49ers' 53-man roster will be available Sunday to face the New York Giants at Candlestick Park.Whether the 49ers plan to suit up veteran running back Brandon Jacobs, however, remains to be seen. He has not played since sustaining a left knee sprain Aug. 18 in the 49ers' second exhibition game. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against his former team.Coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say whether Jacobs will suit up for Sunday's game. The 49ers will make that announcement 90 minutes prior to kickoff."He had a good week of practice," Harbaugh said. "I think it's been pretty consistently good. He was better last week than two weeks ago. He was better this week than the week before that. He's working hard and he's taking reps and doing the things that he can control."REWIND: Jacobs, Harbaugh meet, iron out differences
Quarterback Alex Smith's availability is not a question, as he went through a full week of practice with a mild sprain of the middle finger on his throwing hand.For the Giants, receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has missed the past three games with a knee injury, is listed as questionable. He'll be a game-time decision for coach Tom Coughlin.No. 2 running back Andre Brown, who has rushed for 198 yards and a team-leading three touchdowns, will not suit up after sustaining a concussion last week. Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) will be out for the second straight game.49ERS
Questionable RB Brandon Jacobs (knee)
Probable: QB Alex Smith (finger), P Andy Lee (thumb)GIANTS
Out: DT Rocky Bernard (quad), RB Andre Brown (concussion), S Kenny Phillips (knee)
Questionable: WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstringhand), T David Diehl (knee)
Probable: TE Martellus Bennett (knee), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), LB Chase Blackburn (hip), LB Keith Rivers (hamstring), LB Michael Boley (hip), WR Ramses Barden (concussion), S Antrel Rolle (knee)

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers already have three safeties selected within the top two rounds of the draft.

But as the organization has considered its options with the No. 2 overall pick, LSU safety Jamal Adams had been in the discussion. Adams recently visited the 49ers, where he and Eric Reid had a chance to catch up with each other.

Reid’s final season at LSU was 2013. The 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers drafted Jimmie Ward at the end of the first round in 2014, and Jaquiski Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015.

In the past 25 years, only two safeties -- Eric Berry (2010) and Sean Taylor (2004) – have been selected in the top five. Both were chosen with the No. 5 overall selection. Adams has a chance to go as early as No. 2 overall.

“I’m excited to see where he ends up. He could end up here. You know what I’m saying?” Reid said on Wednesday at the 49ers’ voluntary minicamp.

“He’s the best one in the draft. Someone will be very happy to have him, I’m sure.”

Adams (5 foot 11 ¾, 214 pounds) is considered more of a box safety. He recorded five interceptions in his 36-game college career, but Reid said he believes Adams can also play free safety.

“No doubt,” Reid said. “The kid can do it all. That’s why they got him projected to go where he is. I believe he could.”

In the 49ers’ new defense, which is based on Seattle’s scheme, Ward is getting a long look at free safety in the team’s minicamp. Ward started at cornerback last season.

After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid has one interception over the past two seasons. He played 10 games last season before sustaining a season-ending with a torn biceps.

Reid said he is learning a new position but he believes playing closer to the line of scrimmage suits him. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he plays this year with a salary of $5.676 million on the fifth-year option.

“I’m used to being on the back end,” Reid said. “I’m used to dealing with a lot more space. So, really, it’s the run game. And the run fits, knowing the gap schemes, the run (stunts) and knowing where the D-linemen are going to fit and filling the holes. That’s been the biggest difference for me.

“I like it. I’m a bigger safety in this league, so I think it’ll work for me.”

And what if the 49ers select Adams on Thursday evening?

”That’ll be interesting,” Reid said. “We’d have to battle it out. We’ll see how it goes.”

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”