Maiocco's Instant Replay: Texans 20, 49ers 9

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: Texans 20, 49ers 9

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HOUSTON -- The status of 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is in question after a first-quarter knee injury ended his evening after one rushing attempt.The 49ers were lucky quarterback Alex Smith wasn't banged up, too. The offensive line struggled with pass protection Saturday night against the Houston Texans. Smith was sacked twice and hit several other times.Smith completed 5 of 9 passing attempts for 49 yards. The 49ers managed a field goal out of his two drives, which covered 21 snaps.Anthony Dixon, filling the short-yardage role with Jacobs' absence, was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run attempt to end the 49ers' second drive.The extent of Jacobs' injury was not immediately known.
NEWS: Jacobs leaves with knee injury
The 49ers settled for three Akers' field goals, including kicks of 50 and 55 yards, in a 20-9 loss to the Texans at Reliant Stadium.Backup Colin Kaepernick replaced Smith and immediate ran the no-huddle offense. He gained 12 yards on a spread read option. But Kaepernick completed just 4 of 8 attempts for 19 yards.Johnson's night: Josh Johnson was the third quarterback into the game, and he delivered a beautifully thrown 32-yard pass to A.J. Jenkins, who made an over-the-shoulder catch at the right sideline. But Johnson missed an opportunity for a touchdown on the next play when he overthrew a wide-open Jenkins by 5 yards. Johnson finished the night 4 of 6 for 64 yards.On the defensive: The first-team defense kept the Texans out of the end zone, but they were not able to generate much pass rush without outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks on the field. Smith (right hip) and Brooks (left knee) did not make the trip.Parys Haralson and Eric Bakhtiari started at outside linebacker. Bakhtiari played almost the entire game.Cornerback Chris Culliver surrendered a 22-yard Matt Schaub pass to Keshawn Martin. The Texans' first-team offense scored a touchdown against the 49ers' second defense just prior to the end of the half.LaMichael's La-Muff: Rookie LaMichael James has been working on punt returns during training camp, but he did not look comfortable angling toward the sideline in the third quarter to track down Donnie Jones' punt. James misjudged it and muffed the punt, but the 49ers retained possession because the ball deflected out of bounds.Late in the game, James suffered an injury to his lower left leg and left the field without placing weight on his left leg. He was carted off the field.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."