Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have a quick turnaround, and that means it's questionable whether they will have the services of their Pro Bowl left tackle.Joe Staley was forced out the lineup with a concussion in the third quarter of the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. It is the second concussion Staley has sustained in 10 months.RELATED: Staley leaves game with concussion
In mid-December, Staley had a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers played a Monday night game the following week, and Staley was cleared the day before the game to return to action.The 49ers do not have the benefit of extra rest time this week. The 49ers return to action Thursday evening against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park. Staley is required to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to return to action.With Staley out of the lineup, right guard Alex Boone shifted to left tackle. Veteran Leonard Davis entered the game in place of Boone at right guard.CRUZ, ROGERS COMMUNICATE: New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was greatly offended a year ago when Carlos Rogers intercepted a pass against the Giants and did his version of a salsa-dance celebration.Cruz said he honors his late grandmother, who taught him how to salsa, with his end-zone dance. Rogers was previously unaware of the reason for Cruz's dance until last week when a reporter from the Bay Area Newsgroup informed Rogers of the genesis of Cruz's dance."We talked about it a little bit," Cruz said after Sunday's game. "He is a standup guy. He came up to me and he understood why I do the salsa, and what it means to me. He asked me if I got the message earlier in the week and I said, "Yeah." I told him he was a real good dude for that, and we went about our way. It is always good to have a competitive game against a real good player on the other side."Cruz scored the first touchdown of the game on Sunday on a 6-yard pass from Eli Manning in the second quarter against the coverage of Rogers and safety Donte Whitner. Cruz celebrated with his dance.Cruz finished with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game.
AGONY OF DEFEAT: Tight end Vernon Davis spoke last week of the bitter taste that remains in the mouths of the 49ers from the team's loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship game. There was additional bitterness on Sunday."It hurt," Davis said. "It hurts a lot. We expected to go out there and get the win, but we couldn't pull it off for some reason. I have to go back and look at the film, but I'm sure we made a lot of mistakes and we cost ourselves the game."Davis was not a big part of the 49ers' plan on Sunday. He caught just three passes for 37 yards. The other top players on the 49ers were contained, too. Michael Crabtree had three receptions for 26 yards.Running back Frank Gore did not get a whole lot of touches, either. He carried just eight times for 36 yards."They played good ball," Gore said. "We beat ourselves on a lot of stuff out there. We didn't play San Francisco football today. They played great ball. They came in and got a win."
MOSS MOVES UP LIST: Wide receiver Randy Moss caught two passes for 75 yards to become just the fourth player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career receiving yards. Moss now has 15,032 receiving yards, trailing only Jerry Rice (22,895), Terrell Owens (15,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208).THIS 'N' THAT: Kyle Williams, whose two turnovers on punt returns proved costly in the 49ers' playoff loss to the Giants, was the first player to touch the ball on Sunday. Williams returned the opening kickoff from 7 yards deep in the end zone. He made it back to only the 15-yard line. "There wasn't a lot of hang time on it, so I just read it and felt like it was good to go," Williams said. He averaged 19.3 yards on six kickoff returns. Ted Ginn handled the punt returns. He averaged 11.0 yards on two returns. . . The 49ers converted four of their first five third-down opportunities. The finished the game 0-for-9 on third downs, beginning with the last play on their second drive. . . Tarell Brown blocked a Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt late in the first half. It was the first career blocked field goal of Brown's career. And it was the 49ers' first blocked field goal since Ray McDonald blocked a kick against Minnesota's Ryan Longwell on Sept. 27, 2009. . . . The Giants recorded five of their six sacks in the second half. The 49ers did not record a sack of Eli Manning on Sunday.

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”


49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.