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NFL capsule: 49ers 1-point favorites vs. Saints

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NFL capsule: 49ers 1-point favorites vs. Saints

SAN FRANCISCO (7-2-1) At NEW ORLEANS (5-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 1, per Bovada.lv
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 6-4; New Orleans 6-4SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 46-24-2AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 2; Saints No. 12 (tie)LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Saints 36-32, Jan. 14, 2012LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Bears 32-7; Saints beat Raiders 38-17STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers QB Alex Smith had three TDs, 0 INTs and a 103.2 rating when teams last met in last season's divisional playoffs. He also ran for a 28-yard TD. ... When Smith sat out last week (concussion), QB Colin Kaepernick had two TDs, 0 INTs and 133.1 rating in first career start against Chicago last Monday night. ... WR Michael Crabtree has four TDs in past three games. He also had TD catch in last season's playoff victory over New Orleans. ... 49ers average 165.3 yards rushing, most in NFL. ... 49ers allow 13.4 points per game, fewest in NFL. ... LB Aldon Smith has 29 career sacks, most by player in first 26 games. He had 5 12 sacks last week. ... New Orleans has won five of last six after 0-4 start. ... QB Drew Brees holds NFL records with TD passes in 53 straight games and 20 or more completions in 46 straight. ... New Orleans has allowed at least 400 yards of offense in all 10 games. ... New Orleans has rushed for 140 yards or more in each of last three games, all with RB Darren Sproles out (broken hand). ... WR Marques Colston has 55 career TDs and needs one more to pass Deuce McAllister for most by Saint. ... Colston has seven TDs in past seven games. ... WR Lance Moore had two TDs last week.

49ers activate Jimmie Ward

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49ers activate Jimmie Ward

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.

Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.

He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.

Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.

Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.

Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason

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Shanahan evaluates Hyde's performance in early goings of 2017 preseason

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, the 49ers’ No. 1 running back, has gained just 26 yards on 10 carries in the first two exhibition games.

But aside from a play Saturday night against the Denver Broncos when he did not gain as many yards as coach Kyle Shanahan thought he should, the 49ers appear satisfied with what they’ve seen from Hyde.

“It takes 11 guys to execute a play,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “Usually, the guy with the ball in his hands is the one who’s rewarded or blamed. But I’ve been happy with Carlos’ reps during the preseason.

“I definitely want to do better. I want to score every time we call a play, so I’m usually disappointed if it doesn’t end in a touchdown. But he’s done a good job for us.”

That does not mean that Hyde has been perfect. Shanahan recounted a play on Saturday in which Hyde did not read the blocking correctly and gained fewer yards than his coach expected.

“There was one run in particular I thought the O-line blocked it for about a 4-yard gain and he got 1 yard,” Shanahan said. “(He was) trying to do too much on one play, which happens a lot with running backs. So there was one play he left about 3 yards on the field.”

Hyde finished the first half with gains of 6, 2, 7 and 7 on a series that ended with a lost fumble from backup running back Tim Hightower.

“We blocked well and he got to the right hole and when contact hit him at 5 yards, he fell for 2 more,” Shanahan said of Hyde. “So I thought he got exactly what we blocked for and a little more after that.”