NFL capsule: 49ers 7-point favorites vs. Rams

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NFL capsule: 49ers 7-point favorites vs. Rams

SAN FRANCISCO (8-2-1) At ST. LOUIS (4-6-1)Sunday, 1 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 7RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 7-4; St. Louis 7-4SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 62-61-3AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 2; Rams No. 22LAST MEETING - Rams 24, 49ers 24 (tie), Nov. 11LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Saints 31-21; Rams beat Cardinals 31-17STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - First meeting of season ended in NFL's first tie since 2008. 49ers 7-1-1 in last nine meetings with lone loss in St. Louis in 2010. ... 49ers 10-3 on road since 2011 under coach Jim Harbaugh, tied with Texans for NFL's best in that span, and lead NFL allowing 14.1 points per game. ... 49ers have NFL's top rushing offense, averaging 163 yards. ... Rams 3-0-1 vs. NFC West opponents and guaranteed of first winning record in division since 2004. ... Harbaugh 2-0-1 vs. Rams. ... Frank Gore is 49ers all-time leading rusher with 8,539 yards and Steven Jackson is Rams' all-time leading rusher with 9,817 yards. ... 49ers WR Michael Crabtree has TD catch in five consecutive games against Rams. ... Gore has 12 TDs vs. Rams, tied with Lenny Moore for most in NFL. ... DE Aldon Smith has 30 12 career sacks and needs one to pass Hall of Famer Reggie White for most in first two seasons in NFL. Smith has 12 sacks in last five games. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford has completed 71 percent of passes with four TDs and no interceptions in three starts vs. 49ers, and 3-0-1 in last four division starts. ... Jackson rushed for 101 yards and TD in last meeting and since 2006 has NFL-best 10,721 yards from scrimmage. Jackson had season-best 139 yards rushing last week. ... Rookie WR Chris Givens had five catches for 115 yards and TD last week and has catch for 35-plus yards in six of last seven games. ... Last week, CB Janoris Jenkins became fourth rookie in NFL history with two interception returns for TDs in game.

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”

 

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.