49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack


49ers third quarter: Aldon Smith gets first sack

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NEW ORLEANS -- After a scoreless third quarter, the New Orleans Saints held onto a 17-3 lead against the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.Third quarter recap
Rookie Colin Kaepernick remained at quarterback through the entire third quarter. The 49ers did not get much going, as one drive ended when Kaepernick's pass attempt on a fourth-and-3 from the Saints' 45 fell incomplete.The 49ers' best play of the third quarter came when Kaepernick hit receiver Kyle Williams on a third-and-9 play. Williams turned into the middle of the field was brought down after a 25-yard gain. Williams, Ronald Johnson and Lance Long saw action at wide receiver in the third quarter.Through three quarters, Kaepernick completed five of 12 passes for 74 yards. He also led the 49ers with three rushes for 36 yards.Defensively, Aldon Smith recorded a sack, as he received credit for the being the one closest to the play after Saints quarterback Chase Daniel lost the ball and recovered it for a 6-yard loss. Smith was credited with four tackles through three quarters.After giving up a big play on special teams earlier in the game, the 49ers looked as if they'd gotten one back in the third quarter. Undrafted rookie Kenny Rowe broke through to block a punt. But the play was wiped out, as the 49ers were penalized for having 12 men on the field.

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

NFL fines former 49ers wide receiver

Anquan Boldin owes the NFL some money.

The former 49ers wide receiver was fined $6,076 for throwing the football into the stands last Sunday near the end of the Lions' win over Washington.

Boldin tossed the ball into the crowd after his game-winning touchdown reception with 16 seconds remaining.

Through seven games this season, Boldin has registered 32 catches for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

The 36-year old played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2015.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.