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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

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Still no play time for 49ers' top rookies

SANTA CLARA -- During Jim Harbaugh's press conference on Monday, he was asked about the lack of contributions from the 49ers' top two draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James.Here's is that portion of the Q&A:Jim, you talked in July about how A.J. Jenkins is going to be outstanding. Yet, there's an injury (to Kyle Williams) and he doesn't get on the field. And Mario (Manningham) got injured yesterday and A.J. still doesn't get on the field. Why hasn't he been playing?
"Well, there's, we talk about Michael (Crabtree), Randy (Moss), Mario have all been playing at a high level. We're working toward it. He was active and he dressed for the game. And he's being integrated now into the plan."Right now, Ted Ginn was in on the three-wide receiver sets, which obviously means Ted Ginn is ahead of him on the depth chart, too?
"He has been, yes."Do you see that changing?
"Anything's possible there. That's the way it has been."The second-round pick, LaMichael, who seems to be more out of the Kendall Hunter mold than Brandon Jacobs, is there a role for LaMichael James with Kaepernick in those read options?
"Yeah, there's a possibility of that."Why wasn't that the case yesterday?
"It wasn't part of the plan yesterday. But that doesn't mean that it won't be going forward." --Harbaugh said had no update on Manningham, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.--Demarcus Dobbs, a core special-teams player, is expected to be back with the team for Sunday's game against the Miami, Harbaugh said.Dobbs did not travel with the 49ers to St. Louis after he was arrested early Friday morning, on his 25th birthday, for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Harbaugh said the team would keep any further discipline internal. Here is the amount of play time from each 49ers player on offense, defense and special teams (Jenkins and Alex Smith were the only players on the 46-man active list who did not play):
Offensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
76 (100 percent) -- LT Joe Staley, RG Alex Boone, RT Anthony Davis, LG Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin, TE Vernon Davis, QB Colin Kaepernick
66 (87) -- RB Frank Gore
47 (62) -- WR Michael Crabtree
46 (61) -- FB Bruce Miller
39 (51) -- TE Delanie Walker
31 (41) -- WR Randy Moss
27 (36) -- WR Mario Manningham
14 (18) -- WR Ted Ginn
10 (13) -- FB Will Tukuafu
8 (11) -- RB Brandon Jacobs
7 (9) -- OL Daniel Kilgore
6 (8) -- OL Leonard Davis
3 (4) -- TE Garrett CelekDefensive play time
Includes plays nullified by penalty
73 (100) -- S Dashon Goldson, CB Tarell Brown, OLB Aldon Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, S Donte Whitner
71 (97) -- LB NaVorro Bowman
70 (96) -- LB Patrick Willis
69 (95) -- OLB Ahmad Brooks, DT Ray McDonald, DT Justin Smith
46 (63) -- CB Chris Culliver
23 (32) -- NT Isaac Sopoaga
10 (14) -- DT Ricky Jean Francois
8 (11) -- CB Perrish Cox
2 (3) -- DT Will Tukuafu
1 (1) -- OLB Clark HaggansSpecial teams
22 (73) -- Tramaine Brock
20 (67) -- Will Tukuafu, Darcel McBath
19 (63) -- Bruce Miller, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Dixon, C.J. Spillman, Michael Wilhoite
17 (57) -- Larry Grant
11 (37) -- Ted Ginn, Andy Lee
10 (63) -- Brian Jennings
9 (30) -- Dashon Goldson, Chris Culliver, David Akers
7 (23) -- Tarell Brown, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks, Ray McDonald, Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois
6 (20) -- Daniel Kilgore, Garrett Celek, NaVorro Bowman
4 (13) -- Jonathan Goodwin, Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Leonard Davis, Perrish Cox
2 (7) -- Brandon Jacobs

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

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Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.