49ers believe Joe Staley, Dante Pettis didn't sustain long-term knee injuries

49ers believe Joe Staley, Dante Pettis didn't sustain long-term knee injuries

CARSON -- The 49ers believe neither tackle Joe Staley nor wide receiver Dante Pettis sustained long-term knee injuries Sunday in the team’s 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Staley and Pettis suffered injuries in the first half and did not return to action. Pettis injured his left knee on a punt return in the first quarter, and Staley went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter.

After the initial diagnosis, neither of the injuries is believed to involve damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. Staley and Pettis are expected to undergo MRI examinations Monday.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last week sustained a torn ACL. He did not make the trip to Southern California as he awaits season-ending surgery.

Three of the 49ers’ offensive linemen had to exit the field Sunday because of injuries. Center Weston Richburg missed just one snap with a knee injury, and rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey sustained a knee injury late in the second quarter. McGlinchey sat out the first series of the third quarter and clearly was hobbled the remainder of the game.

“I know it wasn’t perfect, and we need to play better, but I was happy with how hard the guys battled,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Losing both of our tackles there for a while was scary. We had to finish the first half without them.

“McGlinchey toughed it out. Obviously, it wasn’t as bad as Staley’s, but I know it was hard for him to go in the second half. I’m real proud of our center. He got hurt on the first play of the game and had to come out, but he battled through the entire game when we needed him to.”

Erik Magnuson played center for one snap in place of Richburg, who quickly returned to action. Later, Magnuson went into the game at right tackle for McGlinchey for a series, and veteran backup Garry Gilliam entered in place of Staley and played the remainder of the game.

Other players who were injured were able to return to action, including quarterback C.J. Beathard, who had the wind knocked out of him in the fourth quarter, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), running back Matt Breida (shoulder) and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas (shoulder).

Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation


Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

With protests taking place in numerous cities nationwide, 49ers CEO Jed York announced Saturday night that the team would be making a $1 million donation to local and national organizations seeking social change.

Two former 49ers teammates had different responses to York on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, praised York for his commitment to fighting injustices.

York even responded to Smith.

But safety Eric Reid, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and played with the team through the 2017 season, was not a fan of York's donation.

Smith and Reid were teammates on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.

Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in 2016 to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices plaguing the United States.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract after being told he would be released, and the 49ers didn't re-sign Reid, who would join the Panthers early in the 2018 season.

Smith defended York's handling of Kaepernick's protest, but Reid wasn't having it.

Smith could only agree with what Reid said.

The protests across the nation are in response to recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of police.

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change


49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of the-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement.

Along with the organization's latest donation, York also committed support for the Players Coalition, which was co-founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition’s goal is to make an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.

York’s announcement comes as protests take place across the nation. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by Minneapolis police on Monday. Video later surfaced that showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he told officers he was struggling to breathe.

“People throughout our country are hurting,” York wrote in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we just first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against.

“The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

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