49ers rookie linebacker Newsom taken to hospital, diagnosed with concussion

49ers rookie linebacker Newsom taken to hospital, diagnosed with concussion

UPDATE (2:50pm on Tuesday) -- The 49ers released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"San Francisco 49ers linebacker Donavin Newsom was transported to Stanford Medical Center following an injury sustained during practice earlier today. After evaluation, doctors determined Newsom has no cervical spine fractures, but did suffer a concussion. Newsom remains at Stanford Medical Center under observation."


SANTA CLARA – Rookie linebacker Donavin Newsom sustained an apparent head and neck injury Tuesday and was taken off the practice field in an ambulance.

Newsom sustained the injury when he and safety Chanceller James collided while converging on a pass intended for wide receiver Trent Taylor.

Newsom remained motionless on the field for nearly 15 minutes while the team’s medical staff evaluated him and gathered around him while taking a knee. He was transported to Stanford Hospital for further evaluation. Coach Kyle Shanahan abruptly ended practice.

“It puts things in perspective when you see that happen,” Shanahan said. “It’s scary down there any time you have a guy on the ground for that long. We got a lot of information we got to find out. The encouraging part that I can say, is that his eyes were open. He did have feeling in his lower half and his hands. That’s the encouraging part about it. . . . We’re praying for the best.

“I think it will be all right, but you never know.”

Newsom signed as an undrafted rookie from Missouri. He sustained a neck injury in practice Thursday that kept him out of practice for two days. Newsom returned to full practice on Monday.

When asked he if communicated with Newsom while he was on the ground, being treated by Dr. Anthony Saglimbeni and head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson, Shanahan answered, "No one did."

Shanahan added: "I did see his eyes open, so he wasn’t knocked out the whole time. But he was sitting there resting. They didn’t want him to move. They were being very safe with it. We tried to give him our distance and tried to keep him as relaxed as possible. Let the people who know what they’re doing do their job."

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.”