SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore walked without a limp Monday after playing just 22 snaps in the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the New York Giants.As Gore left the 49ers' practice facility, he told CSNBayArea.com he felt fine and did not expect to miss any playing time with a bruised right knee. The 49ers return to action Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park.The 49ers appeared to make it through the game Sunday against the Giants without any serious injuries. Linebacker Patrick Willis sustained banged-up ribs, but is not expected to miss any time.Gore appeared to sustain his injury late in the first half when he landed hard on his knee while Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul tackled him after a 1-yard gain. Gore returned for one more play at the end of the first half and another play in the third quarter.Gore said running backs coach Tom Rathman did not want him on the field thinking about the injury. For the first time since Gore became the featured running back in 2006, the 49ers feel confident in their backup running backs."You just feel like right now that we have a stable of backs," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We got Frank Gore. We got Kendall Hunter. We got fresh legs in Anthony Dixon. This bodes really well for our football team."
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.”
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.”