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Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree make amends at go-kart raceway meeting

Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree make amends at go-kart raceway meeting

To say there was tension between former Raiders (and 49ers) wide receiver Michael Crabtree and defensive back Aqib Talib is a bit of an understatement.

But all appears to be fine between the two, thanks to a go-kart outing.

That's right. Crabtree and Talib, according to TMZ Sports, were spotted coming face-to-face with one another, families in tow, at Kartland in Frisco, Texas.

According to the report, there were apparent "tense moments" when the two spotted one another. But a witness said they "took it outside" to resolve any issues. They talked it out for several minutes and appeared to have calmed the situation for the time being.

Why the beef? Well ... 

It dates back to when Talib ripped a gold chain off Crabtree's neck during a game a couple of years back ... then did it again the following season.

Yikes.

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For now, it seems everything is OK, but I'm glad to see that for their families' sake, they didn't want any drama.  

Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn't let down 49ers knowing eyes were on him in rehab

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Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn't let down 49ers knowing eyes were on him in rehab

SANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo knows there is always a chance a set of eyes are on him, and that served as motivation during his time rehabbing at the 49ers’ practice facility during the early months of this offseason.

It will be another week before the coaching staff will be allowed to work with Garoppolo on the practice field, but there was nothing keeping Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch from keeping tabs on his movements from afar.

At one point in the offseason, Lynch said he looked out his window and got fired up when he saw Garoppolo throw a pass to running back Jerick McKinnon as the two players rehabbed from ACL injuries.

“He was a couple weeks ahead of me and everything so I was trying to play a little catch-up game with him,” Garoppolo said. “But we never know when those guys are watching. The windows are hard to see through. They must put tints on them or something.”

[RELATED: Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon lean on each other during rehab]

Garoppolo said he likes knowing that the higher-ups in the organization might be watching from their upstairs offices, which overlook the team’s weight room and practice field.

“It actually kind of turns it into more of a practice, kind of ramps you up a little bit, gets the energy going,” Garoppolo said.

Garoppolo said he is steadily rounding into form after the Week 3 injury to his left knee. He will undoubtedly wear a brace on his left knee, he said. He said he wore a brace during his rookie season with the New England Patriots as a preventative measure.

“I never played with one before in college or high school or anything like that,” he said. “So it was different. But these new ones that they got are titanium, lightweight. It’s like you’re not wearing anything sometimes.”

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with reporters on George Kittle's new fame

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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with reporters on George Kittle's new fame

I'll admit it, sometimes I get a big head when a tweet of mine goes viral -- I get a little ahead of myself with the attention. One person who does not have that problem is 49ers' tight end George Kittle. At least not yet.

During a recent press conference, 49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was asked about Kittle and how the tight end could be handling his "new higher profile" since last year. Jimmy G wanted to make sure Kittle remained humble and simply answered, "George who?"

Garoppolo smiled, of course, and it was pretty apparent he was being facetious -- and rightfully so.

Last season, Kittle was voted the most improved player by the Pro Football Writers of America, he was selected to the Pro Bowl, earned second-team All Pro honors, and set the NFL receiving yards record by a tight end in a season with 1,377 yards. 

Not bad. And through it all, he not only remained humble, but he also remained awesome.

[RELATED: Kittle played through rib injury last season]

At the end of the day, he's just a guy rushing through a press conference to get to a WWE event.

He's all of us.