Spikes' exit clears way for 49ers' Bowman to start


Spikes' exit clears way for 49ers' Bowman to start

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SANTA CLARA -- In his one starting assignment as a rookie, 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman replaced Patrick Willis and responded with 15 tackles in the final game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals.This season, Bowman's goal is to start alongside Willis. And that looks like a reasonable possibility after veteran Takeo Spikes agreed to a three-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.RELATED: Spikes agrees to terms with Chargers
"He made a good decision for himself," Bowman said. "It's one less competitor. I'm not coming here like I already have the starting job. I'm coming in here to compete, and I'm sure they'll probably bring in somebody else to compete for the job. It's not mine yet, but I'm definitely shooting for it."

Bowman was a third-round pick of the 49ers last year. He was eased into the action on third downs early in the season, but Spikes ultimately became an every-down linebacker. He said he felt a different comfort level in the season finale after stepping on the field at the beginning of the game.And his strong play in the 49ers' 38-7 win over the Cardinals also gave him a lot of confident heading into the offseason."I think it helped, it was the one time I got out there and started the game," Bowman said. "I felt comfortable and got a feel for the other team and what they wanted to do. I got a chance to play my first full NFL game, and it felt great. I'm ready to go out there and compete for the starting job, and hopefully I get it."I came here with the same mindset I came here last year -- just ready to work. Like coach has been saying, this is an opportunity and I want to take advantage of it."Bowman reported Wednesday to the 49ers' practice facility at 240 pounds. It's the same weight at which he played last season, he said. "But it's a better 240 and a smarter 240," he said.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve


49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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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.