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Steph Curry posts #freekaep on Instagram at 49ers' season opener

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Steph Curry posts #freekaep on Instagram at 49ers' season opener

Stephen Curry is the ultimate Panthers fan. Apparently he's a pretty big fan of Colin Kaepernick too.

Before his favorite team played the 49ers at Levi's Stadium, Curry showed support for Kaepernick, posting #freekaep on his Instagram story. 

Kaepernick remains unsigned with the NFL's regular season underway. The former 49ers quarterback sat and then took a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season, protesting social injustices against African Americans. 

During the anthem on Sunday, 49ers safety Eric Reid took a knee with several teammates placing a hand on his shoulders. 

Tartt starts in place of inactive Ward; Lynch also sits

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Tartt starts in place of inactive Ward; Lynch also sits

Safety Jaquiski Tartt made his 15th career start on Sunday in the 49ers' season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium.

Tartt started the game in place of Jimmie Ward, who was inactive due to a hamstring injury that he has battled since a conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

The rest of the 49ers inactives are: CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB Aaron Lynch, LB Pita Taumoepenu, T John Theus, G Laken Tomlinson, WR Victor Bolden.

49ers: There's nothing questionable about Cam Newton

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49ers: There's nothing questionable about Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is listed as questionable for the season opener against the 49ers because “probable” is no longer an allowable option.

"The only reason he's listed as questionable is because that's what the form says," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday during his briefing with the Carolina media.

"I'm telling you guys I believe the guy is ready to roll. I really do mean it. I'm pretty confident in his abilities and hopefully things will fall into place nicely for us on Sunday."

Newton underwent surgery on his right shoulder in late-March. He went about three months without throwing. He attempted only two passes during the Panthers’ exhibition season.

But Newton went through a full week of practice without any limitations in preparation to face the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

“I expect him to be Cam,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said on Thursday. “I’m sure he’s 100 percent and he’s going to be rolling like he normally does.”

The NFL last year removed “probable” as an option on the official injury reports. The only designations are “questionable,” “doubtful” and “out.”