Sharks mum on Thornton's status for Game 5


Sharks mum on Thornton's status for Game 5


CSNBayArea.com staff

SAN JOSE -- Sharks captain Joe Thornton left the game with just under 11 minutes remaining following a crushing shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Raffi Torres.

Thornton was able to leave the ice under his own power, but later went to the San Jose dressing room and did not return. He was not made available to the media.

Aside from his departure, the most obvious sign that something was amiss was that Thornton grimaced as he hit the ice, then reached instinctively for his right shoulder with left glove.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said after the game that he did not have an update on Thornton's status for Game 5, Tuesday in Vancouver.

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"I can't right now," McLellan said when asked for an update. "We'll see once I get an update."

A Sharks team spokesman said an update would come Monday.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Thornton is confident he will be able to play.

"100 percent," Thornton texted. "It's playoffs, got to play through everything."

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The contact occurred during a battle on the board between Thornton and Vancouver's Alexander Edler. Thornton had his head down, his gaze on the puck, when Torres unloaded, knocking "Jumbo Joe" to the ice.

Thornton remained on the ice for approximately 10 more seconds before departing.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.