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49ers S Eric Reid heading to New York to discuss protests with NFL owners

49ers S Eric Reid heading to New York to discuss protests with NFL owners

Editor's Note: The above video is from Oct. 1, 2017.

LANDOVER, Md. – Safety Eric Reid, who joined Colin Kaepernick last season to protest racial inequality, said he will attend the NFL owners meeting in New York on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

Reid was one of seven 49ers players to protest during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Washington. The players took a knee and placed their right hands over their hearts.

“My hope is that the NFL will be progressive and utilize their platform to bring awareness to these issues for us, so we don’t have to protest any more,” Reid said.

Reid has stated the protest has nothing to do with the anthem, the U.S. flag and certainly not the military. The protest is about shedding light on issues of racial inequality and police brutality, he said.

The owners meetings take place Tuesday and Wednesday in New York. The NFL last week said commissioner Roger Goodell invited DeMaurice Smith, the head of the Players Association, to discuss the players’ concerns over social issues.

Goodell sent a memo to team executives in which he expressed a preference for players standing during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Goodell wrote in the memo. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. “

But the NFL followed up a day later to explain that there has been no change to the league’s policy on the national anthem. The matter will be discussed in length during the owners meetings this week.

“The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized,” according to a league statement. “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way."

Reid said last week 49ers CEO Jed York has been nothing but supportive of the players who choose to use their platform to affect change and bring awareness to their causes.

"I've talked to Jed, and he's expressed very clearly that he wants to support us, that he’s not going to force us to do anything,” Reid said on Wednesday.

The 49ers had 23 players protest last week in Indianapolis. On Sunday, Reid was joined by six teammates: Marquise Goodwin, Adrian Colbert, Eli Harold, Arik Armstead, K’Waun Williams and Dekoda Watson, who was inactive for the game due to an injury.

Retired player Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles are also scheduled to attend the NFL owners meeting, Reid said.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 26-24 loss to Washington

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 26-24 loss to Washington

LANDOVER, Md. -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 26-24 loss to Washington in Week 6 on Sunday:

1. Beathard takes over
Rookie C.J. Beathard replaced struggling Brian Hoyer in the second quarter. And, now, there is no reason to go backward. Beathard will get the remainder of the season to show what he can do.

When asked if Beathard showed enough to earn him the job as the permanent starter over Hoyer, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan answered, “Yes, he did.”

Beathard was not perfect. He completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But he brought a whole new attitude to the 49ers. Hoyer’s play did not inspire anybody. Beathard brings a much-needed spark to the 49ers with his competitiveness and toughness.

He helped rally the 49ers from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter to pull the 49ers even. Then, he nearly moved the 49ers into field-goal range before a controversial penalty complicated matters in the final minute of the game.

It is much too early to tell whether Beathard can be the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. But we know that Hoyer certainly is not that guy. Any chance of him finding a long-term home with his seventh NFL team in nine seasons is over.

2. A losing streak like none other
The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or less. Just like the four previous weeks, the 49ers had their chances. On Sunday, they again felt as if a bad call went against them at the most inopportune moment.

The 49ers moved the ball to the Washington 40 with :28 remaining. Shanahan said if the 49ers did not gain another yard, he would have sent out kicker Robbie Gould for a 58-yarder to win the game.

Instead, the 49ers never got that chance because veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon was called for offensive pass interference for what was deemed an illegal pick play. Garçon was apoplectic as he pleaded his case with the officials. Shanahan was not pleased, either.

“I saw a slant route on a flat route and the guy guarding the flat route ran into a guy (Garçon),” Shanahan said.

When asked if a penalty flag for a pick can be thrown against the intended receiver, Shanahan said, “No. Absolutely not.”

The 49ers are finding a way to lose these close games, whether it's because of their league-high number of penalties, dropped passes, problems with the run game and a defense that has not buckled down in key moments.

And while it might be true that one questionable call is not enough to lose a game, the 49ers need that assistance because they have been unable to help themselves in those game-deciding moments over the past five weeks.

3. Moving on from Bowman
The 49ers’ defense got off to a slow start Sunday just two days after the release of four-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Washington moved briskly down the field for a game-opening touchdown drive.

But, then, the 49ers defense started to settle in. Reuben Foster was deemed not ready to return from a high ankle sprain. Brock Coyle and Ray-Ray Armstrong started and helped the 49ers limit Washington to 94 rushing yards on 33 attempts for a 2.8 average. But both struggled mightily in pass coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. Combined, they surrendered 11 catches on 12 targets for 213 yards and one TD.

Foster is expected to be back for next week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and the 49ers can really begin the process of working with the players they expect to build around for the future.

A transition also appears to be happening at strong safety, where Jaquiski Tartt has put himself into position to take Eric Reid’s job. Reid was back in uniform after missing three games with a knee injury. But Tartt started, and Reid was used only as a sixth defensive back in passing situations.

Inactives: Reid returns, but Foster still out for 49ers

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Inactives: Reid returns, but Foster still out for 49ers

LANDOVER, Md. – The return of rookie linebacker Reuben Foster will have to wait another week.

The 49ers thought they would be getting Foster back on the field for Sunday’s game against Washington. But after a strong practice on Wednesday, Foster did not rebound as well physically as the team had hoped.

Foster was among the seven players the 49ers designated as inactive. He will miss his fifth consecutive game with a high right ankle sprain sustained in the 49ers' season opener against Carolina.

With the 49ers release of NaVorro Bowman on Friday, the club will enter the game with inside linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong, Brock Coyle, Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha.

The 49ers will also be without fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was ruled out due to a back injury. The 49ers will compensate with four tight ends in uniform: George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen and rookie Cole Hikutini, who was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday.

Safety Eric Reid is set to make his return to action after missing the past three games with a left knee injury.

49ers inactives
WR Kerndrick Bourne
CB Leon Hall
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
LB Dekoda Watson