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Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

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Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

SANTA CLARA – The quarterback who delivered the pass that resulted in Marquise Goodwin’s emotion-packed touchdown did not know the sorrow with which his teammate was playing.

“I had no clue,” 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Beathard, like many of his teammates, did not find out Marquise and Morgan Goodwin lost their baby boy in the early morning on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy. Beathard learned about the tragedy after the game – a game in which Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass.

“That shows a lot about who he is,” Beathard said. “He’s a great dude. The night before – I didn’t even realize – he probably didn’t sleep. I’m sure he got no sleep the night before and went out and played. There are a lot of guys in that situation who would not have been able to do that. He showed a lot to us, the tough guy that he is.

“Our prayers have been with him and his family. I can’t even imagine going through that. He’s just a genuine dude, and it was awesome to have him have that big touchdown."

A clearly distraught Goodwin arrived at Levi’s Stadium 3 ½ hours before kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants and met with 49ers officials before deciding to play. The 49ers entered the game short-handed at the receiver position. Goodwin played 48 of the 49ers' 61 offensive snaps.

“I just met him up here and a few of us did and talked to him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He was struggling with it for obvious reasons. He decided to play, which we were very grateful for. I think he did a hell of a job for his wife being there for her and helped out his family from that aspect, and also helped out his family here, too. I think he helped out every side and was pretty impressive.”

Goodwin also provided a key block to clear the sideline for tight end Garrett Celek on a 47-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Earlier, everything came together on Goodwin’s long touchdown reception. His emotions poured out in the end zone as he fell to his knees in prayer.

“I think it meant a ton to him , and you see that when he crosses the goal line,” Beathard said. “It’s like he releases all the (emotion). It was an emotional moment for him. Now knowing what he went through the night before, I’m glad I was a part of that and the way that play worked out.”

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.