Spikes nominated for Payton Man of the Year award

Spikes nominated for Payton Man of the Year award

Jan. 21, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
49erslinebacker Takeo Spikes has been nominated for the Walter Payton NFLMan of the Year Award, the only league award that recognizes a playersoff-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Theannual award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back whopassed in 1999.Spikeshas participated in a wide range of community events throughout hiscareer and started his own foundation, 51 Ways Foundation, to furthergive back to those in need. His foundation was started in 2004 tosupport families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer andblood disorders through financial, spiritual and physical resources.During his time with the 49ers, Spikes has participated in communityrelations events related to the team that range from hospital visits,to stocking food boxes for food banks in San Francisco, to shoppingwith youth during the holidays for their families. Onemember from each of the 32 NFL teams is nominated for the award. Threefinalists for the award will be announced during the NFC ChampionshipGame on Sunday, January 23. The winner of the award will be announcedand recognized during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6.Allnominees will receive a 1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.The three finalists will receive an additional 5,000 donation in theirname. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award willreceive the Gladiator statue, an original art creation by the notedsculptor, Daniel Schwartz. In addition, the players favorite charitywill receive an additional 20,000 donation in his name.
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49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."