Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert. It is possible the 49ers could bring back Reid much later in the offseason, if he remains unsigned, on a one-year, "prove it" contract.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”

49ers fear rookie receiver Shawn Poindexter sustained ACL injury


49ers fear rookie receiver Shawn Poindexter sustained ACL injury

The 49ers are fearing a diagnosis of a torn ACL for rookie wide receiver Shawn Poindexter, coach Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday.

Poindexter, an undrafted player from Arizona, sustained the knee injury on a special-teams play in the second half of Monday night's preseason win over Denver. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI examination to confirm the extent of the injury.

Poindexter (6-foot-5, 213 pounds) played just one snap of offense and four plays of special teams on Monday. In the opener, he caught two passes for 12 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. Poindexter appeared to be a prime candidate to land a spot on the 49ers’ practice squad this season.

The club is prepared to re-sign wide receiver Chris Thompson to take Poindexter’s spot on the roster, Shanahan said.

In other injury news, neither running back Jerrick McKinnon nor defensive end Dee Ford is expected to return to practice this week on a short week before the 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Both players underwent recent platelet-rich plasma treatments for their knees. McKinnon has been slow to return from a torn ACL of nearly a year ago, while Ford experienced tendinitis in his knee early in training camp.

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The 49ers are hopeful center Weston Richburg to will be able to practice next week and possibly play in the team’s final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Richburg had extensive surgery on his knee and quad in the offseason after playing most of last season with the injuries.

49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's Madden ratings increased after big hit


49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky's Madden ratings increased after big hit

Ask and you shall receive. 

49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky saw his Madden NFL 20 ratings go up Tuesday, one day after San Francisco's 24-15 preseason win in Denver. But it wasn't for his kicking ability. 

Wishnowsky actually saw his tackling and hit power rating receive big boosts after laying the boom on Broncos rookie return man Devontae Jackson. You now all refer to the 49ers' rookie punter as Big Hit Mitch. 

The 49ers immediately requested EA Sports raises Wishnowsky's tackling rating of 36. The next morning, the team's wish was granted. 

Wishnowsky went from a 36 overall tackler to 41, and his hit power jumped 20 points, from 40 to 60. 

“I just saw it kind of open up and it was more, I thought I’d just plug a hole,” Wishnowsky said about his big hit on The 49ers Insider Podcast. “I was almost expecting to get side-stepped, but it didn’t happen.

“I reckon that’s about as good as I’ve got.”

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Clearly, it was good enough to catch the eyes of those who really matter in the NFL -- video game creators.