Roman: No decision on starting QB, Smith yet to be cleared

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Roman: No decision on starting QB, Smith yet to be cleared

SANTA CLARA -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman made two definitive statements following the 49ers' Thanksgiving Day practice.No decision has been made on the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, and quarterback Alex Smith has yet to receive medical clearance to return to game action after sustaining a concussion, Roman said.Smith was listed as taking part in "limited practice" Thursday, and the 49ers publicly kept the door open for both quarterbacks to start Sunday. But there can be no debate until Smith is cleared to play."No decision has been made," Roman said. "We're hopeful that Alex gets cleared tomorrow, physically. We're confident in both quarterbacks being on the field."Coach Jim Harbaugh was seen speaking with Smith coming off the practice field on Thursday. Later, Harbaugh pulled aside running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis for a conversation.RATTO: Impulsive Harbaugh goes all in unnecessarily
"He talked to us, and we had a chance to let him know what we thought and things like that, but at the end of the day, it's not our decision," Davis said."It doesn't matter. Whatever we decide to do, I'm sure it'll work out in our favor, whether it's Kaepernick or whether it's Alex. At the end of the day, we have two good quarterbacks regardless of the situation."Davis said he expects Harbaugh to make a decision before the 49ers depart Friday afternoon for New Orleans."I'm sure he'll probably announce tomorrow (Friday) who's the starting quarterback," Davis said. "It's not my decision. Alex looks good in practice. Kaepernick looks good in practice. I know Alex still has some concussions things lingering around. Maybe he's ready, maybe he's not. That's up to the doctors and the coaches."Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Smith was informed that Colin Kaepernick would start Sunday and that his concussion is not an issue. Trent Dilfer of ESPN reported that Smith told him that Kaepernick would receive the first-team practice snaps this week but no other decision was made. And ESPN's Ed Werder reported Thursday that Smith has already received final medical clearance.Roman contradicted those reports.RELATED: Report: Smith informed Kaepernick will start"Colin has been getting pretty similar (practice time) to what he got last week," Roman said. "He's been getting some of the reps, and Alex has been getting some of the reps. That's how it gets divvied up."He (Smith) has been practicing. He's not cleared for contact, but he has been practicing. Both quarterbacks are looking sharp."PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORTS
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Limited participation: CB Tarell Brown (knee), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), S Dashon Goldson (ribs, calf), QB Alex Smith (concussion)
Full participation: LB Tavares Gooden (shin), RB Frank Gore (wrist, ribs), WR Randy Moss (finger), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), S C.J. Spillman (finger), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist, wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder)SAINTS
Did not participate: T Charles Brown (knee), DE Junior Galette (ankle), LB Ramon Humber (illness), CB Elbert Mack (concussion), CB Corey White (knee)
Limited participation: T Zach Strief (groin)
Full participation: RB Darren Sproles (hand)

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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