Roman: No decision on starting QB, Smith yet to be cleared


Roman: No decision on starting QB, Smith yet to be cleared

SANTA CLARA -- Offensive coordinator Greg Roman made two definitive statements following the 49ers' Thanksgiving Day practice.No decision has been made on the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, and quarterback Alex Smith has yet to receive medical clearance to return to game action after sustaining a concussion, Roman said.Smith was listed as taking part in "limited practice" Thursday, and the 49ers publicly kept the door open for both quarterbacks to start Sunday. But there can be no debate until Smith is cleared to play."No decision has been made," Roman said. "We're hopeful that Alex gets cleared tomorrow, physically. We're confident in both quarterbacks being on the field."Coach Jim Harbaugh was seen speaking with Smith coming off the practice field on Thursday. Later, Harbaugh pulled aside running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis for a conversation.RATTO: Impulsive Harbaugh goes all in unnecessarily
"He talked to us, and we had a chance to let him know what we thought and things like that, but at the end of the day, it's not our decision," Davis said."It doesn't matter. Whatever we decide to do, I'm sure it'll work out in our favor, whether it's Kaepernick or whether it's Alex. At the end of the day, we have two good quarterbacks regardless of the situation."Davis said he expects Harbaugh to make a decision before the 49ers depart Friday afternoon for New Orleans."I'm sure he'll probably announce tomorrow (Friday) who's the starting quarterback," Davis said. "It's not my decision. Alex looks good in practice. Kaepernick looks good in practice. I know Alex still has some concussions things lingering around. Maybe he's ready, maybe he's not. That's up to the doctors and the coaches."Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Smith was informed that Colin Kaepernick would start Sunday and that his concussion is not an issue. Trent Dilfer of ESPN reported that Smith told him that Kaepernick would receive the first-team practice snaps this week but no other decision was made. And ESPN's Ed Werder reported Thursday that Smith has already received final medical clearance.Roman contradicted those reports.RELATED: Report: Smith informed Kaepernick will start"Colin has been getting pretty similar (practice time) to what he got last week," Roman said. "He's been getting some of the reps, and Alex has been getting some of the reps. That's how it gets divvied up."He (Smith) has been practicing. He's not cleared for contact, but he has been practicing. Both quarterbacks are looking sharp."PRACTICE PARTICIPATION REPORTS
Limited participation: CB Tarell Brown (knee), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), S Dashon Goldson (ribs, calf), QB Alex Smith (concussion)
Full participation: LB Tavares Gooden (shin), RB Frank Gore (wrist, ribs), WR Randy Moss (finger), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), S C.J. Spillman (finger), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist, wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder)SAINTS
Did not participate: T Charles Brown (knee), DE Junior Galette (ankle), LB Ramon Humber (illness), CB Elbert Mack (concussion), CB Corey White (knee)
Limited participation: T Zach Strief (groin)
Full participation: RB Darren Sproles (hand)

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

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.