Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


Notes: Staley is questionable against Seahawks


SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have a quick turnaround, and that means it's questionable whether they will have the services of their Pro Bowl left tackle.Joe Staley was forced out the lineup with a concussion in the third quarter of the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. It is the second concussion Staley has sustained in 10 months.RELATED: Staley leaves game with concussion
In mid-December, Staley had a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers played a Monday night game the following week, and Staley was cleared the day before the game to return to action.The 49ers do not have the benefit of extra rest time this week. The 49ers return to action Thursday evening against the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park. Staley is required to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to return to action.With Staley out of the lineup, right guard Alex Boone shifted to left tackle. Veteran Leonard Davis entered the game in place of Boone at right guard.CRUZ, ROGERS COMMUNICATE: New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz was greatly offended a year ago when Carlos Rogers intercepted a pass against the Giants and did his version of a salsa-dance celebration.Cruz said he honors his late grandmother, who taught him how to salsa, with his end-zone dance. Rogers was previously unaware of the reason for Cruz's dance until last week when a reporter from the Bay Area Newsgroup informed Rogers of the genesis of Cruz's dance."We talked about it a little bit," Cruz said after Sunday's game. "He is a standup guy. He came up to me and he understood why I do the salsa, and what it means to me. He asked me if I got the message earlier in the week and I said, "Yeah." I told him he was a real good dude for that, and we went about our way. It is always good to have a competitive game against a real good player on the other side."Cruz scored the first touchdown of the game on Sunday on a 6-yard pass from Eli Manning in the second quarter against the coverage of Rogers and safety Donte Whitner. Cruz celebrated with his dance.Cruz finished with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game.
AGONY OF DEFEAT: Tight end Vernon Davis spoke last week of the bitter taste that remains in the mouths of the 49ers from the team's loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship game. There was additional bitterness on Sunday."It hurt," Davis said. "It hurts a lot. We expected to go out there and get the win, but we couldn't pull it off for some reason. I have to go back and look at the film, but I'm sure we made a lot of mistakes and we cost ourselves the game."Davis was not a big part of the 49ers' plan on Sunday. He caught just three passes for 37 yards. The other top players on the 49ers were contained, too. Michael Crabtree had three receptions for 26 yards.Running back Frank Gore did not get a whole lot of touches, either. He carried just eight times for 36 yards."They played good ball," Gore said. "We beat ourselves on a lot of stuff out there. We didn't play San Francisco football today. They played great ball. They came in and got a win."
MOSS MOVES UP LIST: Wide receiver Randy Moss caught two passes for 75 yards to become just the fourth player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career receiving yards. Moss now has 15,032 receiving yards, trailing only Jerry Rice (22,895), Terrell Owens (15,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208).THIS 'N' THAT: Kyle Williams, whose two turnovers on punt returns proved costly in the 49ers' playoff loss to the Giants, was the first player to touch the ball on Sunday. Williams returned the opening kickoff from 7 yards deep in the end zone. He made it back to only the 15-yard line. "There wasn't a lot of hang time on it, so I just read it and felt like it was good to go," Williams said. He averaged 19.3 yards on six kickoff returns. Ted Ginn handled the punt returns. He averaged 11.0 yards on two returns. . . The 49ers converted four of their first five third-down opportunities. The finished the game 0-for-9 on third downs, beginning with the last play on their second drive. . . Tarell Brown blocked a Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt late in the first half. It was the first career blocked field goal of Brown's career. And it was the 49ers' first blocked field goal since Ray McDonald blocked a kick against Minnesota's Ryan Longwell on Sept. 27, 2009. . . . The Giants recorded five of their six sacks in the second half. The 49ers did not record a sack of Eli Manning on Sunday.

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


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


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.