Moss' blocking impresses coaches, inspires teammates

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Moss' blocking impresses coaches, inspires teammates

SANTA CLARA -- In a span of four plays in the 49ers' last game, veteran wide receiver Randy Moss revealed a new part of his game, as well as something for which he has always been known.Moss leveled Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes with a block at the end of Michael Crabtree's 30-yard catch and run. Then, he took a short pass and his speed turned it into a 47-yard touchdown.Offensive coordinator Greg Roman was asked on Thursday which play made him take notice?"Did we score on the knock-down block?" Roman asked."No.""Then, I'll take the touchdown," Roman deadpanned.But that might not have been the consensus among his teammates. Running back Anthony Dixon went up to Moss afterward and told him if Moss makes a block like that every game the rest of the season, the 49ers will not lose again."I've never seen him do that before," Dixon said. "You saw what it did to our sidelined. It inspired everybody to see him do that."Moss told CSNBayArea.com recently that he is having a great time with the 49ers because his football knowledge is expanding with his exposure to Roman's running game. Moss often peppers Roman with questions."He asks the questions on the smallest details, even in the running game, let alone the passing game that it makes you say, 'That's the question that should be asked right now,'" Roman said."He understands there are a couple different ways to do things. Also, he understands the game well enough, where he says, 'Have you thought about this?'"Quarterback Alex Smith said Moss shows a lot of attention to detail in the meeting room."Especially in the run game," Smith said. "You can tell it's something that he thinks about a lot and takes a lot of pride in."Not only is he asking the questions about the run game, Moss is sacrificing his own body to help the 49ers be successful"Starting in the Houston the game, in the preseason, Randy was wearing people out, blocking," Roman said. "And I can't stress enough how professional, how team-oriented Randy Moss is."All I can tell you, as a 49er, he's busting tail on everything."

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Limited
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
Limited
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."