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Capt. Andrew Luck tweets ‘coming home’ letter after Colts QB retires

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Capt. Andrew Luck tweets ‘coming home’ letter after Colts QB retires

Dearest Mother, cue Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” documentary violin music and a throaty, somber voiceover.

Capt. Andrew Luck is coming home.

The Twitter parody account, which has attracted 521,000 followers (and many more laughs) by reimagining shaggy-bearded Luck as a Civil War soldier writing letters to his mom, delivered this message Sunday morning, after the real Luck announced his retirement from the NFL

If this also is the end for @CaptAndrewLuck, which started in December 2015, Twitter just became a less humorous place. Jokes about the former Stanford star’s various “battles” and him eating such exotic foods as braised pigeon shins and zesty gopher wrists drew laughs and retweets.

But in their own light way, the tweets also highlighted the beating the Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s body took over his career. Squirrel oil as a treatment for various ailments was mentioned in so many tweets that it almost became an expectation. You even can buy a squirrel oil T-shirt through the account.

The author of the account isn’t known, and while Luck himself isn’t writing the Civil War-era-style letters, he’s admitted that he enjoys them.

“I'm not clever enough to write that, but it's pretty cool,” Luck told NFL Network in January. “I'm glad people find a little enjoyment about it when maybe some things on the Internet can be a little meaner."

Luck even had some fun with the whole meme before last season.

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Whether or not we’ll ever hear from Capt. Luck remains to be seen. But if we don’t, we might need some of Mother’s trusty squirrel oil to soothe our souls.

Go easy, Captain.

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

Dennis Brown to replace Tim Ryan on radio broadcast for 49ers-Saints

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The 49ers announced on Thursday that former player Dennis Brown will replace Tim Ryan as the team’s radio analyst for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan was suspended for one game after the organization said it was “disappointed” in his Monday comments on KNBR. Ryan referenced Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s skin color as a factor that contributed to the 49ers defense’s difficulty in defending the read option.

Ryan issued a public apology to Jackson for his choice of words.

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Brown, 52, played seven seasons for the 49ers as a defensive lineman from 1990 to ’96, and was a starter on the team’s Super Bowl-winning team after the 1994 season. He has served as an analyst on KNBR’s pre- and post-game 49ers coverage the past two seasons.

49ers' Marcell Harris, Mike McGlinchey make PFF's Team of the Week

49ers' Marcell Harris, Mike McGlinchey make PFF's Team of the Week

The 49ers lost just their second game of the season last Sunday in a battle against the Ravens in Baltimore, but they still landed two players on Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week. 

PFF awarded one San Francisco player on each side of the ball this past week. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey represented the offense, while safety Marcell Harris represented the defense. 

McGlinchey was phenomenal in the trenches against a stout Ravens defense. At 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds, the former first-round draft pick showed off his athleticism in the 49ers' outside run game, helping prompt running back Raheem Mostert to a career day. 

Mostert, who entered the season as more of a special teams star, rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry, and scored a 40-yard touchdown

McGlinchey earned an 88.4 run-blocking grade from PFF as the 49ers as a whole ran for 174 yards on 29 carries, good for an average of 6.0 yards per carry. The second-year pro had an 88.9 overall grade as he also kept QB Jimmy Garoppolo on his feet all game long. 

While McGlinchey is a former top draft pick, Harris is a whole different story. Taken by the 49ers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Harris replaced an injured Jaquiski Tartt and made an immediate impact. 

With Ravens QB Lamar Jackson racing down the field, Harris tackled the speedster, ripped the ball out of his hands and recovered the fumble. It was Jackson's first recovered fumble of the year. 

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Harris ended the game with two solo tackles, one assist and the forced/recovered fumble. He earned a 91.0 PFF grade in the loss.

The 25-year-old who was promoted from the practice squad in October, now has six tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery this season.