Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 35, Chargers 3


Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 35, Chargers 3


SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Smith took five snaps, handed off five times, and his night was over.Reserve quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Josh Johnson took over and the 49ers' offense had its most productive showing of the exhibition season.Kaepernick and Johnson threw two touchdown passes apiece in the 49ers' 35-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the final exhibition game for both teams Thursday night at Candlestick Park.It was the final tuneup for the 49ers, who open the regular season Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.Kaepernick demonstrated the combination of running and passing that inspired the 49ers to trade up to select him in the second round of the 2011 draft.Kaepernick, who played all but the first five snaps of the first half, completed 12 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns came on well-thrown balls on rollouts to either side.He rolled left and hit tight end Delanie Walker on a 31-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. In the second quarter, he moved to his right and drilled a 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie A.J. Jenkins.Johnson was the fourth quarterback to enter the game after Smith, Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien.On his first attempt, Johnson threw a quick hitch to undrafted rookie Nathan Palmer, who outran everybody for a 51-yard touchdown down the left sideline. Later, Johnson found reserve tight end Garrett Celek on a 3-yard scoring pass.Tolzien did not help his cause with a series at the start of the fourth quarter. First, he underthrew a wide-open Chris Owusu, who came back for the ball and dropped it. Two plays later, Tolzien was intercepted by linebacker Bront Bird.Give me a break: Not one player on the 49ers' starting defense played in the game, including Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson.On offense, Frank Gore, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams did not play.Four other players were unavailable: Receiver Ted Ginn (right ankle), tight enddefensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (left calf), outside linebacker Parys Haralson (undisclosed) and receiver Mario Manningham, who attended his grandfather's funeral on Thursday.Two-way contributors: Dobbs has been a two-way player since the first day of camp. Last week, the 49ers used defensive lineman Will Tukuafu as a fullback. That continued on Thursday with Tukuafu seeing a lot of action at fullback.Tukuafu played seven snaps at fullback on the 49ers' opening drive. And he opened a hole through which Anthony Dixon rumbled for a 1-yard touchdown run.In the second half, linebacker Michael Wilhoite saw several snaps at fullback. Wilhoite is on the bubble for a spot on the 53-man roster.Return problems: Ginn is hobbled by an ankle sprain. The 49ers took no chances with Kyle Williams, who might be the team's primary punt-returner to open the season due to Ginn's injury.Rookie LaMichael James returned punts on Thursday, and he struggled catching the ball. He bobbled one punt before getting ahold of it. Later, he muffed two punts but recovered his own fumbles both times.Droppin' in: Palmer had a touchdown, but he also dropped two passes. And fellow undrafted rookie Chris Owusu, who could be battling Palmer for a spot on the practice squad, dropped two passes in the second half.

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


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


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.“