NFL capsule: 49ers 12-point favorites vs. Rams

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NFL capsule: 49ers 12-point favorites vs. Rams

ST. LOUIS (3-5) At SAN FRANCISCO (6-2)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 5-3; San Francisco 5-3SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 62-61-2AP Pro32 RANKING - Rams No. 26; 49ers No. 4LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Rams 34-27, Jan. 1, 2012LAST WEEK - Rams had bye; 49ers had byeSTREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Niners have won seven of last eight in series. ... Rams on three-game losing streak. ... San Francisco tries to move to 2-0 after bye week under coach Jim Harbaugh. ... 49ers beat Rams 26-0 last Dec. 4 at Candlestick Park to clinch franchise's first playoff berth since 2002. ... RB Frank Gore became 49ers' career rushing leader in that game by passing late Hall of Famer Joe Perry. ... 49ers have 11-game home winning streak against NFC West dating to Oct. 26, 2008, loss to Seahawks. ... St. Louis begins stretch with three of four vs. NFC West. It's team's first road matchup against division after beating Arizona and Seattle at home. ... San Francisco QB Alex Smith connected with nine receivers in 24-3 road rout of Cardinals on Monday night game of Oct. 29. Completed 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards, three TDs, and 157.1 passer rating. ... San Francisco defense held Arizona to 7 yards rushing on nine carries, tying franchise record for fewest yards rushing allowed in game. ... 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree has TD catch in each of last four games vs. Rams. ... Rams WR Danny Amendola has missed three straight games with right shoulder injury, including 45-7 loss to Patriots at London's Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28. Limited in practice this week. LT Wayne Hunter sat out last two games with back injury. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford threw for 205 yards and TD against Patriots, has passed for 1,797 yards and eight TDs this year. ... Rams LB James Laurinaitis and 49ers RT Alex Boone were roommates for year at Ohio State and both insist they plan to trash talk as much as possible.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.