Foster, Reid likely out at least one more 49ers game


Foster, Reid likely out at least one more 49ers game

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers do not expect linebacker Reuben Foster or safety Eric Reid to be available for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Foster sustained a high right ankle sprain on the 11th play of the 49ers’ season opener on Sept. 10 against the Carolina Panthers. He was originally expected to be out four to six weeks. Reid went down with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 2. Neither player required surgery to repair their injuries.

“We’ll see how his rehab goes these next three days,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Foster. “I'd be surprised if he got back this week. I'm not totally ruling him out, but it would surprise me. Being optimistic about it, but if we don't get him back this week, hopefully we’ll get him out there next week.”

Reid is also not likely to play against the Colts, Shanahan said.

“He's coming along,” Shanahan said. “I think he's similar to Reuben. I'd be surprised if he was out there this week. A little more optimistic for next week. But, still, no guarantees.”

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after sustaining his third concussion since August of 2016. Goodwin sustained a head and eye injury in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a concussion.

Running back Carlos Hyde is expected to be limited in practice again this week due to a hip condition. He sustained the original injury in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams.

“I know he battled through that game,” Shanahan said. “I know he wasn't feeling great, but he played well. Appreciate him being out there and playing hard, and I know I didn't get to talk to him personally. I'm sure he's extremely sore from it, but we'll see Wednesday when he comes back in.”

Linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) and rookie safety Adrian Colbert (hamstring) are not expected to be available for Sunday’s game.

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.”