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49ers' Foster, Reid expected out another week

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49ers' Foster, Reid expected out another week

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid are not expected to be available for the 49ers on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Foster has missed the past two games after sustaining a high ankle sprain in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. Reid sat out last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams due to a knee injury.

This is the second week the 49ers’ medical staff has not required Foster to wear an orthopedic on his right foot. The initial prognosis was that Foster would be out four to six weeks. General manager John Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area last week that the club would be extra-cautious in clearing him to return to action.

Reid could miss a month of action with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. The injury does not require surgery.

Running back Carlos Hyde (hip) and three players who sustained concussions last week were limited in practice on Wednesday. Each player – safety Jaquiski Tartt, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and linebacker Brock Coyle – is on pace to play on Sunday after progressing through four of the five steps in the NFL’s return-to-play protocol.

Each of the players must remain symptom-free through full football activity to be cleared to return to game action.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”