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Former Patriots, Broncos linebacker signs three-year deal with 49ers

Former Patriots, Broncos linebacker signs three-year deal with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed LB Dekoda Watson to a three-year deal.

Watson (6-2, 245), a seven-year veteran, has played in 89 games (seven starts) and registered 88 tackles, four sacks, four passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles to go along with 50 special teams tackles. In 2016, he played in nine games for the Denver Broncos where he finished with six tackles and a team-high 11 special teams tackles.

Watson was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (217th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons (2010-13) with Tampa Bay before signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 12, 2014. He appeared in nine games with the Jaguars before his release from the team on November 11, 2014. Watson then signed with the Dallas Cowboys on November 14, 2014, where he spent the remainder of the season, appearing in one regular season and two postseason games for the Cowboys. In 2015, he appeared in three regular season games with the New England Patriots in addition to two postseason contests.

He signed with the Broncos on May 16, 2016.

A 29-year-old native of Aiken, SC, Watson played collegiately at Florida State University for four seasons (2006-09). He appeared in 47 games (32 starts) at FSU and finished his career with 184 tackles, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.

As a senior in 2009, Watson registered 65 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery while earning Second-Team All-ACC honors.

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Jimmy Garoppolo knee injury isn't Taylor Swift's fault, and here's why

Jimmy Garoppolo knee injury isn't Taylor Swift's fault, and here's why

Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season Sunday when his left leg buckled as he tried to cut on the Arrowhead Stadium turf. So will there now be bad blood between 49ers fans and Taylor Swift?

Let us explain ...

Swift’s Sept. 8 show at Arrowhead set a stadium record for concert attendance with 58,611 -- set list here, for those interested. The immense crowd -- some of which stood on the natural grass playing field -- forced officials at the Chiefs' stadium to re-sod the turf, and just 15 days later, the 49ers were left with a blank space at starting quarterback after Garoppolo tore his ACL on that surface.

Kyle Shanahan wasn't happy about losing his QB, to say the least, and the 49ers coach mentioned the turf re-sodding when asked Monday if the team would review its training methods because of ACL tears for Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon in the past month.

"People can, if they want. I personally think they're wasting time," Shanahan said of possible training program changes. "One guy made a cut in Kansas City on some re-sodded turf after a Taylor Swift concert -- I don't know if that had anything to do with it -- and the other guy made a cut on our practice field in the last play of practice. So, whatever information we get, it wouldn't affect me very much. We can't tell them to avoid Kansas City if we play there."

As Shanahan mentioned, no one knows if the turf conditions led to Garoppolo's season-ending injury, and it probably didn't. ACL tears, unfortunately, are commonplace in football, and correlation doesn't imply causation. Plus, a 2017 U2 concert at Arrowhead just five days before a Chiefs-Eagles game didn't lead to any documented catastrophic injuries.

So, Shanahan, the 49ers and The Faithful will have to stop wondering if this is why we can't have nice things, then just shake it off. There's 13 games left, and anything can happen in today's NFL.

Click to watch Shanahan's full press conference on YouTube

NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers

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NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Matt Breida, who is tied for the NFL’s rushing lead, is listed as questionable for the 49ers’ Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Chargers, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

Breida sustained a hyperextended right knee Sunday during the first half of the 49ers’ 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned in the third quarter and finished with 90 yards on 10 carries. Breida on Monday also had some calf soreness, Shanahan said.

Shanahan made note of the playing surface at Arrowhead Stadium, which recently had been re-sodded after a Sept. 8 Taylor Swift concert. He said he wasn't sure if the turf had anything to do with the injuries to Breida or quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who tore the ACL in his left knee when he tried to make a cut near the left sideline to stay inbounds.

Entering the Monday night game, Breida is tied for the NFL lead with Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott with 274 rushing yards on the season. Breida has carried the ball 32 times this season and is averaging 8.6 yards per attempt. Elliott has attempted 48 runs.

Shanahan gave other 49ers injury updates Monday:

-- Cornerback Richard Sherman has a calf strain and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

-- Guard Mike Person has a knee sprain and is questionable for the game against the Chargers.

-- Guard Joshua Garnett still is nursing a toe injury and isn't expected to be available.

-- Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin made it through Sunday’s game healthy after sitting out Week 2 with a deep thigh bruise.

-- Safety Adrian Colbert sustained a hip injury and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

-- Running back Alfred Morris had an ankle injury but returned to action. His practice availability will be determined Wednesday.

Click to watch Shanahan's full press conference on YouTube