Optimism over Walker's return for 49ers-Giants


Optimism over Walker's return for 49ers-Giants

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker suggested several days ago that he could play for the first time since suffering two fractures in his jaw in the second-to-last game of the season against Seattle.

Walker posted the following on his Twitter account @Dwalk46 last Sunday.

"Just got a lil workout in I'm so ready to pad up on Sun"

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco's coach, responded with was cautious optimism.

"That would be our hope, too" Harbaugh said in his Wednesday press conference. "We'll have to wait and see. Today would be his first practice and we'll see how he responds to today's work, to today's treatment. We'll know more tomorrow and more the next day and ultimately it will be in the doctor's hands."

Harbaugh pointed out what the Giants and 49ers already know -- that Walker's presence on the field presents matchup problems for defenses, and creates opportunity in the passing game for other players. Walker led all San Francisco receivers with six catches for 69 yards in the first meeting between the teams, a 27-20 49ers win in November.

"We'd much prefer to have Delanie out there," Harbaugh said. "He is a great football player, first and foremost. He is smart, physical, intelligent, play-making ability. That's not to say that the next guy that steps up doesn't have some of those same qualities -- certainly Justin Peelle has filled that role very well."

Walker had three TD receptions this season and is a key component of San Francisco's offense. The most memorable was his short score to defeat the unbeaten Lions in November.

With under two minutes remaining, quarterback Alex Smith hit Walker on a quick slant and Walker hauled safety Louis Delmas the final yards into the end zone.

Will he have a chance Sunday to make another game-saving play against the Giants?

We'll see how he comes back tomorrow after running around out there and then the doctors will make that decision," Harbaugh said.

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’


Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups


Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"