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49ers fearful Jerick McKinnon sustained season-ending knee injury

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49ers fearful Jerick McKinnon sustained season-ending knee injury

SANTA CLARA – Running back Jerick McKinnon went down with a knee injury on Saturday that has the 49ers concerned he could have sustained a season-ending ACL injury.

“We hope that we’re wrong,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday afternoon on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

McKinnon returned to 11-on-11 drills Saturday for the first time since sustaining a calf injury three weeks ago. On the final play of practice, he went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

“He just made a cut on air and no one was around him and just went down,” Shanahan said. “It looked awkward. We’re concerned about it, but we don’t have an MRI done, so we don’t know for sure.”

McKinnon was scheduled for an MRI on Saturday afternoon. The injury occurred before the 1 p.m. deadline to submit cuts for the 53-man roster. The 49ers kept McKinnon on their initial 53-man roster.

“We’re concerned, but we’re also confident,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “We have a lot of good football players here. We’re proud of our 53-man roster. Next week we’re going to be really excited, looking to take on the Vikings.”

The 49ers open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 9, against the Minnesota Vikings, McKinnon’s former team. The 49ers signed McKinnon to a four-year, $30 million contract on the first day of free agency. He was expected to be one of the central figures of the team’s offense, as a runner and receiver.

The 49ers kept three other running backs, along with fullback Kyle Juszczyk on their roster. Veteran Alfred Morris, who was signed two weeks ago, could be the starter when the 49ers open the season. Matt Breida is likely to be the backup, with special-teams ace Raheem Mostert available in emergency situations.

Richard Sherman has message for Antonio Brown in his bid to join 49ers

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Richard Sherman has message for Antonio Brown in his bid to join 49ers

Richard Sherman knows what it's like to leave the only franchise he's ever known to join the 49ers.

So, what does he think about Antonio Brown's desire to play in San Francisco?

"Good luck to him," Sherman told TMZ on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

The All-Pro receiver wants out of Pittsburgh and to come to the 49ers "really badly," according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II has said the team won't release Brown but will explore all other options, including a trade. Rooney also said he expects discussions regarding Brown's future to heat up in mid-March when the new league year begins.

Sherman, who signed a three-year, $27.15 million contract with the 49ers last March, was asked about his time in the Bay Area.

"So far, so good," Sherman told TMZ.

Before Sherman could get away, he was asked if he had a message for Brown.

"Go wherever it makes him happy," Sherman said.

49ers' George Kittle voted 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by PFWA

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49ers' George Kittle voted 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by PFWA

George Kittle had an impressive 2018 season for the 49ers to the say the least.

Kittle was named the top tight end in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, and PFF even told NBC Sports Bay Area his season could be considered one of the all-time greats if data was around years ago to back it up.

Regardless, he will be known for breaking the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, finishing his 2018 campaign with 1,377 yards.

Kittle can now add "Most Improved Player of the Year" to his list of accomplishments, as voted by the Pro Football Writers of America.

This is on top of being voted by the PFWA's All-NFC Team Tuesday and just about every other prestigious football honor one can receive.

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The best part is knowing Kittle is only 25 years old, and can surely still get better.

But for now, we should all relish in his growing list of impressive resume accomplishments.