49ers being cautious with Dee Ford, others before third preseason game

49ers being cautious with Dee Ford, others before third preseason game

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers play three preseason games in a 10-day span, which partially influenced their decision not to rush players back onto the field for Saturday's contest against the Chiefs. 

When asked if ailing defensive end Dee Ford was going to make his preseason debut in front of his former team, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh explained that there was no need to hurry the pass rusher back into action. 

“Dee Ford, just like the other guys that haven’t been able to go, there’s no rush for this, especially on a short week” Saleh said. “The Monday night game on the road and then going again on the road Saturday. 

“For Dee, it’s just again going and checking in with the performance staff, see where he’s at. If he’s able to, great. If not, there’s no pressing need. Again, it’s up to the performance staff and how that goes.”

Ford had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his knee at the beginning of August to help him with recurring tendinitis. He has been held out of team drills since the procedure, but Saleh is confident Ford will be able to step in once he is healthy without missing a beat. 

“Yeah, for sure,” Saleh said. “Dee Ford’s position here is less mentally taxing than what it was with the Chiefs.”

The team also will not rush back safety Jimmie Ward, who broke his collarbone 12 weeks ago. While the average recovery time for a collarbone is six to eight weeks, the team is being cautious with Ward -- who has had several injuries spanning his NFL career. 

Saleh and the remainder of the coaching staff has confidence in Ward’s ability, as they do with Ford. 

“For Jimmie, it’s no different than as if it was the first day of camp,” Saleh said. “So, he’s going to come in, he’s going to practice, he’s going to get his reps in and we’ll talk about the plan for him during the game during the week for game action, but just see where he’s at. 

“But, I think mentally, he’ll be okay. He’s been in all the meetings, he’s been going through all of it, he’s been in individual, he’s been at all the walk-throughs, so it’ll be a quick adjustment for him.”

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The game in Kansas City will, however, serve as the preseason debuts for defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and linebacker Kwon Alexander. 

Alexander is coming off an ACL injury and has made great progress in his rehab, and Saleh has taken notice.

“You know what, I give credit, one to him, with his work ethic, two to the performance staff and the plan that they’ve had for him, and everybody executing it,” Saleh said.

“He’s come along well. He’s made great strides from his first day of practice until now, so I’m excited to get him out there and see what he does for his first game action. It’s no pressure for him to go and be great, an All-Pro in his first preseason action, it’s just go out there, get his game reps in and get back comfortable playing football.”

49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game


49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

Everything hasn't been coming up roses for the 49ers in the last week thanks to some injuries and an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The team will face the Arizona Cardinals for the second time in three weeks in Week 11. In addition to the familiarity of the matchup, Nick Bosa could pose a threat to quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, ranks third-most sacks in the league with 31 which could be extremely beneficial for the 49ers who is second in the league in giving up yards per game (251.6).

Here are how the betting lines look for the matchup"


Caesars: SF -480
Consensus: SF -500
Westgate: SF -550
Wynn: SF -550

Here is how NFL writers across the league see the 49ers-Cardinals game shaking out:

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN: 49ers 31, Cardinals 20
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Cardinals 17
Michael David Smith, PFT: 49ers 16, Cardinals 13
Michael Florio, PFT: 49ers 34, Cardinals 21

Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout


Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

First, Colin Kaepernick sent a message with his arm. Then he sent one with his words.

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick told the media following his NFL workout in Atlanta on Saturday. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. 

"Around here, we're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent Jeff Nalley is ready to talk to any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready."

By most accounts, Kaepernick was thoroughly impressive in his workout, showcasing the arm strength that once made him perhaps the most feared quarterback in the league. The workout originally was supposed to be held at the Falcons practice facility and closed to the media, but Kaepernick and his representatives changed the location to ensure transparency.

"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on," Kaepernick said. "We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here."

"It's important that y'all are here," he said to the media in attendance. "Y'all been attacked for the last three years. Y'all continue to be attacked. We appreciate what y'all do. We appreciate you being here today. We appreciate the work you do for the people and telling the truth. That's what we want in everything."

All Kaepernick has ever wanted is a fair opportunity. We can debate whether or not what took place Saturday was indeed "fair", but clearly, he feels he proved enough with his performance. Now we wait and see if the NFL's intentions were at all genuine, or if the workout simply was a thinly-veiled PR move.

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"We'll continue to give you updates as we hear," Kaepernick said in closing. "We'll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams ... we'll let you know if we hear from them.

"Ball's in their court, we're ready to go."