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Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering

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Kaepernick to Wallace: A 49ers combo worth considering

UPDATE: Peyton Manning has decided to join the Denver Broncos. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com at this story develops.
While Peyton Manning and Alex Smith mull their options, Colin Kaepernick shows up regularly at the 49ers practice facility to work out and prepare for his big chance.Right now, Kaepernick is the only one of those three quarterbacks assured of being on the 49ers next season. And it is not far-fetched that he will be the starter -- at least at some point -- in 2012.After all, the 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 36 overall pick in last year's draft. The player chosen ahead of him, Andy Dalton, had a good rookie season in helping the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs.Dalton was considered more NFL-ready coming out of TCU, but there is no denying Kaepernick's physical tools -- as well as his smarts and work ethic. While the 49ers liked what they saw of him in practices last season, there was the belief that they would not know what kind of player Kaepernick could be until he got his chance to step onto the field in meaningful regular-season situations.If Manning goes to Denver or Tennessee, and Smith ends up in Miami, he might get that chance. And I don't believe general manager Trent Baalke would panic at the thought of Kaepernick getting a legitimate chance to win the starting job in a camp competition with, say, Matt Hasselbeck or Josh Johnson.And that leads to another interesting scenario, as first floated by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.The 49ers could be a major player for Pittsburgh restricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace with the money they would save without Manning or Smith on the roster.The 49ers already have Michael Crabtree and newly agreed-up addition Mario Manningham. With the structure of the contract they have with Randy Moss, he'll get what amounts to a six-month tryout before the team must determine whether he fits with the program. Of course, tight end Vernon Davis is also a weapon in the passing game.With Kaepernick and his arm strength, the 49ers would become more of a vertical passing team than a year ago with Smith at quarterback. Wallace averaged 16.6 yards per reception with Ben Roethlisberger throwing him passes last season.Again, with the money saved at the quarterback position, the 49ers could easily structure an offer sheet for Wallace that the Steelers would be unable to match. Then, the 49ers would give up the No. 30 pick in the draft as compensation to the Steelers.If Smith heads to Miami, his contract -- in the 8 million-a-year range -- could go to Wallace, who would give Kaepernick a target that is more of a fit for his style. It's another point to consider while the Manning and Smith make up their minds.

Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'

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Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'

On Thursday prior to the 49ers' game against the Rams, Eric Reid continued his protest during the national anthem by taking a knee.

On Friday, President Donald Trump had an idea as to what should happen to players like Reid. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

The statement was welcomed by cheers from the crowd. 

Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in protest last season. Kaepernick isn't on an NFL roster. Reid sat out Thursday's game with an injury. 

Said Reid of his (non) stance earlier in the year:  “When we started last year, if you recall, we said our goal was to raise awareness and shed light on the issues that were happening in our country. I think we accomplished that goal. What I was upset about was the narrative, the false narrative, that were being told about us, people saying that we’re un-American, that we’re against police entirely and the military. That just wasn’t true. At first I thought that was a small sacrifice to pay to get the word out and raise awareness. I settled with thinking raising that awareness was victory.

“Then fast forward to Charlottesville and the country sees what an un- American protest really looks like. That’s when I had my change of heart. Because what Colin, Eli and I did was a peaceful protest fueled by faith in God to help make our country a better place. I feel I needed to regain control of that narrative and not let people say that what we’re doing is un-American, because it’s not. It’s completely American. We’re doing it because we want equality for everybody. We want our country to be a better place. So that’s why I decided to resume the protest.”

To date, at least 14 players have protested during the national anthem -- that number rises to close to 60 if you include the NFL preseason.

Trump added: “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.

“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that [referees]? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”

Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

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Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.

“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”

The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.

Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.

Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”

Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.

Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”

When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route.“