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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jed York, president and CEO of the 49ers, said at a Monday news conference that he will recommend that the NFL postpone the annual exhibition game between the 49ers and Raiders in the aftermath of Saturday's violence.
"This is a game where you have a rivalry situation and unfortunately you have the worst segment from a very small segment of both fan bases that come and bring about this type of event," York said. "It's our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at last postponed for some period of time."
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Two people were shot after the game and a third was assaulted and left unconscious in a bathroom at Candlestick during the fourth quarter of San Francisco's 17-3 win.
The press conference at Candlestick was attended by San Francisco police chief Greg Surh, mayor Ed Lee and vice president of stadium operations and security Jim Mercurio, in addition to York.
Among the changes that will be implemented for this Saturday's game with the Houston Texans are an elimination of tailgating during or after games at Candlestick. Surh also said there will be a more visible police presence.
The 49ers and Raiders have met in each of the past 11 exhibition seasons. The franchises did not play in the preseason from 1994 to 1998. The Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995.
The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.
After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.
The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.
Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.
The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.
The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.
Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.
The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.
An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.
Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.
"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.
Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.
"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.