YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The 49ers might be spending the week in Ohio but the team still held their "Community Tuesday" events as usual in the York family’s hometown.
The day started off with a visit to a local children’s hospital. Both Denise and John York, co-chairs of the 49ers, joined Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, C.J. Beathard and several other players going from room to room to meet some of the young patients.
Later in the day, another group of players visited Williamson Elementary School to talk to the students about inclusion and anti-bullying. They spoke at an assembly before joining smaller groups to write compliment cards and discuss how to be kind to one another.
Richard Sherman, Solomon Thomas, Ahkello Witherspoon and several others spent time with the students. Sherman had a funny exchange with some his group denying that he was a football player, but the kids weren’t having it. They knew he had scored a touchdown in the team’s Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s amazing how smart these kids are,” Sherman laughed.
The next venue was the Easter Seals Center for Rehabilitation. Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, Azeez Al-Shaair and Daniel Brunskill spent time painting with some of the patients before engaging in a lively game of trivia with several seniors who attend the center.
The players and seniors attempted to answer questions about both Youngstown and the 49ers, competing for 49ers paraphernalia and bragging rights for their prospective teams.
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Denise York expressed her approval of all of the players involved in the events.
“it’s just so nice to see these players spending time in the community of Youngstown,” York said. “It’s such a great group of men.”
SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders envisioned having a big game on Monday night before leaving the game after just 24 snaps due to a rib injury.
“It sucked,” Sanders said on Wednesday. “I wanted to be out there with the guys, especially because I felt like I was going to have a good game. Then, when I got hurt, it sucked.”
Sanders appeared to sustain the injury in the first quarter while making a 12-yard reception. He bent awkwardly and his helmet came off when he was hit by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of the play.
The next time Jimmy Garoppolo a pass Sanders’ way, it was low and Sanders immediately grabbed the right side of his chest and ran off the field. He did not come back into the game. Sanders had two catches for 24 yards in his limited action.
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Sanders declined to reveal the specifics of his injury, but coach Kyle Shanahan said the injury is to Sanders’ rib cartilage. Sanders said he is still sore and described himself as “day to day.”
Sanders was one of several 49ers who were not on the field at the start of Wednesday’s practice and may not be available for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. The list also includes:
TE George Kittle (knee/ankle)
LT Joe Staley (finger dislocation/fracture)
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
K Robbie Gould (quadriceps)
NT D.J. Jones (groin)
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion)
SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Damontre Moore made a strong bid for a roster spot with the 49ers with an impressive training camp and exhibition season.
Moore finally made it to the team’s 53-man roster on Wednesday, filling the roster spot that was vacated when the 49ers placed defensive end Ronald Blair on injured reserve. Blair is scheduled for season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
Moore, 27, has appeared in 54 games over the past seven seasons with the New York Giants, Miami, Seattle, Dallas and the Raiders. He has 10 sacks in his NFL career.
Moore signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday after originally coming to the organization in the spring.
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He played with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in the spring, and signed with the 49ers. He registered two sacks during the preseason but was among the team’s final cuts when the 49ers were required to trim their roster from 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53.
Blair served as the 49ers’ No. 3 edge rusher behind Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Moore is likely to see action in a backup role, beginning Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.