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Shanahan: Eric Reid will miss at least one game with knee injury

Shanahan: Eric Reid will miss at least one game with knee injury

Safety Eric Reid will miss at least one game with a left knee sprain, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during a conference call on Monday.

Shanahan said Reid will definitely miss the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium. The injury is likely to keep Reid out of action for more than just one game, Shanahan said. The injury is to the posterior cruciate ligament in Reid's left knee and will not require surgery, according to Shanahan.

Reid was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on three separate occasions. The first time he left the game in the second quarter with a non-contact injury. After the game, Reid said he left the game all three times feeling the same condition in his knee.

"They (the 49ers medical staff) didn't feel that there was anything torn, so he felt it was all right," Shanahan said. "I haven't gotten to talk to him personally, yet, so I'm not exactly sure. But when he checked out, it seemed all right. The X-ray they had looked good, and he said he could go so he kept trying to go and then he had his final straw and said he couldn't go anymore."

The 49ers are not sure about the status of safety Jaquiski Tartt for Thursday's game. Shanahan said Tartt is questionable with a neck injury.

“I know he was hurting today," Shanahan said. "We’ll see how he is when he comes in tomorrow."

Tartt and Reid have started both games. Jimmie Ward returned to action on Sunday after missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert are the only other safeties on the 49ers' roster.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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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

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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.”