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Tramaine Brock's release leaves 49ers with no obvious answers

Tramaine Brock's release leaves 49ers with no obvious answers

It took the new 49ers regime less than four hours from the time of Tramaine Brock’s reported arrested on a domestic incident on Friday to his release from the team’s roster.

Now, as the 49ers get set to open their official offseason program on Monday in Santa Clara, Brock’s void on the preliminary depth chart stands as the team’s most-obvious hole.

The 49ers had NFL starters at every position. General manager John Lynch said he expected to use the draft to upgrade some spots. But, now, cornerback is a position without an obvious fall-back starter already available.

The offseason began with whispers the 49ers would look to extend Brock’s contract beyond the 2017 season. Now, Brock is gone and there is little proven experience remaining at the position.

Rashard Robinson, a second-year player, has more NFL starts at cornerback than anyone remaining on the 49ers’ roster. Robinson, a fourth-round draft pick last year, started eight of the 13 games in which he appeared as a rookie.

Robinson was the second cornerback that Trent Baalke selected in his final draft as 49ers general manager. In the third round, the 49ers drafted Will Redmond. Despite Baalke’s assertion that Redmond would be ready to play as a rookie, the ACL injury that ended his final season at Mississippi State kept him sideline for the entire season.

Dontae Johnson, a fourth-round pick in 2014, started six games in his first three seasons and never seemed to fully gain the confidence of any of the three 49ers coaching staffs for which he played.

Keith Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his first season as he recovered from multiple ACL surgeries, he appeared in 28 games the past two seasons with no starts.

Newcomer K’Waun Williams had 10 starts with Cleveland in 2014 and ’15 as a nickel back, where he is a better fit than playing on the outside.

The 49ers last week visited with Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who could be an option for the team to select with its first pick in this month’s draft.

The 49ers are scheduled to have the No. 2 overall pick, and cornerback is a position on which they might feel forced to spend an early draft pick.

Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

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Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

The Cowboys and their owner did kneel, though not during the anthem.

Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group prior to the playing of the national anthem.

"I hope that I'm clear and I hope that our team is clear: We want to respect the flag. Make no mistake about that," Jones said.

"Nothing that we've done, nothing that we did tonight says anything other than that. We also want to as a complete team, as players and an organization, be able to, whenever we can, demonstrate that unity is important and equality is important.

"That's what I'm so proud of these guys for, they did both and did it in a way when people really stop and think about it, makes a lot of sense."

The Cowboys sat and watched the protests across the NFL on Sunday and spent most of Monday discussing the best way to show unity without denigrating the flag.

After warmups Monday night, they went into the locker room and returned to the field for the anthem, lining up between the sideline and the yard markers on the field.

Arm-in-arm, they dropped to a knee as a giant flag was carried onto the field, with Jones and his family in the middle near the 50-yard line.

Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem.

"The objectives, as much as anything else, was to somehow, some way demonstrate unity and demonstrate equality, and do so without any way involving the American flag and the national anthem," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

The Arizona Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem. They were joined by owner Michael Bidwell, his family and general manager Steve Keim.

More than 200 NFL players kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national anthem should be fired.

Three teams did not take the field for the national anthem and numerous NFL owners came out against Trump's statements.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

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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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