49ers officially add Hastings to roster


49ers officially add Hastings to roster

ST. LOUIS -- The 49ers on Saturday promoted undrafted rookie wide receiver Joe Hastings to the club's 53-man roster to make him eligible to play Sunday in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams.

Hastings, 24, takes the roster spot that opened when the 49ers cut ties with under-performing veteran Braylon Edwards this week.Hastings is likely to be in uniform against the Rams, joining Michael Crabtree and Brett Swain. Hastings wears No. 13.It remains uncertain whether Ted Ginn (ankle) or Kyle Williams (concussion) will be available for action. A decision must be made 90 minutes prior to kickoff when the 46 players in uniform must be designated.Hastings originally signed with the 49ers on July 27 after the lockout. He was among five rookie receivers in 49ers camp. He distinguished himself to the coaches, and eventually earned a spot on the 49ers' practice squad over sixth-round draft pick Ronald Johnson of USC.Hastings did not catch a pass for the 49ers during their four exhibition games."We get a sense, day-in and day-out, out here," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said of practices. "When you go out and play in the game, now is when it's got to show up. From what we've seen on the practice field, he's done everything we've asked him to do at a high level."Hastings starred collegiately at Washburn University, an NCAA Division II school, where he played in 35 games (14 starts), and hauled in 119 receptions for 2,033 yards and 17 TDs during his career.

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.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


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.”