New 49ers nemesis available to Seahawks for playoffs


New 49ers nemesis available to Seahawks for playoffs

If the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks play a rubber match in the NFC playoffs, new 49ers nemesis Richard Sherman will be available.

Sherman, the Seahawks' outstanding young cornerback, revealed Thursday morning via Twitter that he won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

His Seahawks teammate, cornerback Brandon Browner, will serve the final game of his four-game suspension on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Sherman was allowed to continue to play while appealing his suspension. Had he lost the appeal, he would have been ineligible for the playoffs.

"Thank you #nfl for upholding the truth!" Sherman wrote on Twitter.

Sherman in late-November denied ingesting any form of the banned prescription drug Adderall. He told that any reports to the contrary were "incorrect." His appeal hearing took place Friday, two days before the Seahawks played the 49ers.

Sherman, who played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown on Sunday night in the Seahawks' 42-13 victory over the 49ers. He also intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass in the end zone.

The 49ers (10-4-1) can clinch their second straight NFC West title with a victory Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals. The playoff-bound Seahawks (10-5) can only win the division with a victory over the St. Louis Rams, coupled with a 49ers loss.


Robinson, Lynch questionable for 49ers' next game

Robinson, Lynch questionable for 49ers' next game

SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Rashard Robinson and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch might not be available when the 49ers return after the bye week to play the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6.

Neither Robinson nor Lynch sustained long-term injury, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Monday, a day after they left the game in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both players underwent MRI examinations on Monday.

Robinson sustained a partially torn MCL in his left knee. The injury will not require surgery, but it is uncertain how long he will be out of action. Lynch sustained a high left ankle sprain. He is also questionable for the 49ers’ next game.

The 49ers players had meetings on Monday before Kelly dismissed the team until next Tuesday.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead also left Sunday’s game due to an injury in the third quarter. Kelly suggested Armstead’s shoulder condition will not prevent him from being ready to play upon the team’s return to action.

49ers seeking first-round pick for Joe Staley? Chip Kelly responds

49ers seeking first-round pick for Joe Staley? Chip Kelly responds

SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has never had a conversation with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke about trading five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.

“No one’s ever talked to me (or had) discussions with me about Joe being traded,” Kelly said. “We need Joe here.

“I’m not in charge of the overall roster. I’ll give my weigh in and weigh in where everybody is. But my point to that thing is we’ve never had a conversation about that, and we talk about everything on a daily basis. That’s never come up.”

Pro Football Talk on Sunday night reported the 49ers are seeking a first-round draft pick for Staley. According to the report, the list of interested teams include the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots.

The trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1. The 49ers players report back to Santa Clara on that day after the bye week.

“And I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe’s a veteran player,” said Kelly. “It’s just kind of the nature of the sport you play.”

When asked if Kelly spoke to Staley on Monday to assure him that there has been no trade talk, Kelly answered, “I don’t make a habit about talking to our guys about erroneous reports.”

Staley is under contract to the 49ers through the 2019 season.