Injury report: Snyder questionable for Sunday vs. Rams


Injury report: Snyder questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

SANTA CLARA -- Fullback Bruce Miller is expected to be available Sunday against the St. Louis Rams after missing the 49ers' Thursday game against the Baltimore Ravens with a concussion.Miller sustained a concussion Nov. 20 against the Arizona Cardinals. He told CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach that he would not have missed the game if the 49ers had played on a Sunday, rather than a Thursday.When asked Monday if Miller has been cleared to play, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered, "He's been in a progression, yes."Right guard Adam Snyder is more of a question mark, though. Snyder played just 18 snaps against the Ravens and did not see any action in the second half due to a left hamstring strain. When asked about Snyder's health, Harbaugh declined to comment."Teams would love to know that information, and you can't expect us to hand it out," Harbaugh said.On Monday, 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards said he has been limited in practice with a shoulder injury. Yet, the 49ers have not made mention of any Edwards shoulder ailment on their injury reports this season. Edwards missed four games earlier this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee.
There appears to be a strong possibility Chilo Rachal will play in place of Snyder, as the 49ers want to ensure there are no lingering injuries as the 49ers head into the final stretch of the regular season. Harbaugh said the coaching staff has faith in Rachal and would not consider moving backup tackle Alex Boone to guard.

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.”