49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again


49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Jacobs remain inactive for the 49ers on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.Also, the team's top draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, will not be in uniform. Neither Jenkins nor James has played in a regular-season game.Eric Bakhtiari, the team's only backup outside linebacker, and rookie tight end Garrett Celek will suit up for the game. Bakhtiari was signed this week to take the roster spot that opened when the NFL suspended Clark Haggans three games for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.Celek and safety Trenton Robinson are the only two rookies in uniform for the 49ers. Robinson was a sixth-round draft pick. Celek was undrafted. Both played college football at Michigan State.Ginn had his first week of limited practice after sustaining an ankle sprain Aug. 26 against the Denver Broncos in the 49ers' third exhibition game.Kyle Williams handled the punt-return chores in the first two games. Williams has 28 return yards on two punt returns. He also has three fair-catches. Kendall Hunter has averaged 23.2 yards on five kickoff returns with one fumble.Jacobs has not practiced since sustaining a left knee sprain Aug. 18 against the Houston Texans in the 49ers' second exhibition game. His status for next week's game at the New York Jets is unknown, as he will likely require at least one week of full practice for the 49ers to play him in a game.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
RB LaMichael James
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsVikings inactives
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
WR Jarius Wright
CB Brandon Burton
S Robert Blanton
LB Erin Henderson
G Mark Asper
DE D'Aundre ReedMarvin Mitchell will start at weakside linebacker in place of Henderson, who is out with a concussion. The 49ers lead the overall series 22-21-1, but the Vikings hold a 9-13 advantage in games played in Minnesota. The Vikings have won the past two meetings and four out of five, including a stirring 27-24 victory over in the final seconds on Brett Favre's 32-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis with :02 remaining.Since the beginning of last season, the 49ers are 7-2 in road games, ranking tied for second in the NFL with the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers are 7-1, entering their game Monday night at the Seattle Seahawks.--Quarterback Alex Smith has attempted 216 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest streak in team history. He has won 16 of his past 19 starts.--In Smith's career, 49ers are 12-0 when Smith starts and has passer rating of 100 or better.--The 49ers have won seven in row when running back Frank Gore gains 100 yards or more rushing. Since 2006, Gore has 7,218 rush yards, second-most most in the NFL.--Since entering the NFL in 2007, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads league with 6,896 rush yards and 66 rushing touchdowns. In 37 career home games, he has rushed for 3,854 yards (104.2 per game) and 36 TDs.

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates


Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”

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


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.”