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Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Cornerbacks Jimmie Ward and Rashard Robinson will be in uniform and available for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Ward started the 49ers’ first three games of the season before sustaining a right quadriceps strain that sidelined him for the past three games. Robinson started every game in place of Ward, but he sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ loss last week at the Buffalo Bills.

Robinson cleared the concussion protocol this week to be cleared to return to action. It is unclear whether Robinson or Ward will start at right cornerback. Ward practiced this week at cornerback and nickel back.

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. He will suit up for Sunday’s game and be the second running back into the action, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Mike Davis will start in place of Carlos Hyde, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Harris was productive late last season after signing with the 49ers. He rushed for 140 yards on 27 carries (5.2-yard average).

Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey is inactive due to a knee condition for the second time in the past three weeks.

49ers inactives
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey

Buccaneers inactives
QB Ryan Griffith
RB Doug Martin
CB Johnathan Banks
T Leonard Wester
OL Caleb Benenoch
DE Robert Ayers
DT Clinton McDonald

Jerry Rice supports Hall of Famers' cause but denies he's a board member

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Jerry Rice supports Hall of Famers' cause but denies he's a board member

Former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice was identified as a board member of a group of Pro Football Hall of Famers who are lobbying for health insurance and an annual salary for all Hall of Famers.

But Rice released a statement on Tuesday to clarify that he is not a board member.

The group threatened to boycott the annual induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, unless the demands are met. The letter was sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, players union executive director DeMaurice Smith and David Baker, the president of the Hall of Fame.

The 100th anniversary of the NFL will be celebrated at the induction ceremony in 2020.

Rice released the following statement:

"While I support any effort to improve health insurance and benefits to all current and retired NFL players, I am not part of a players’ Hall of Fame board of directors as referenced in a letter earlier today. We need to continue to have meaningful discussions about this issue with the League, the Union and the HOF, especially as we near a new collective bargaining agreement. I plan to support the Pro Football Hall of Fame and look forward to attending the 100th anniversary in 2020."

The letter identified Eric Dickerson as the chair of the Hall of Fame Board and listed the following as board members: Rice, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Carl Ellard, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, John Randle, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jackie Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Kurt Warner and Sarah White, wife of the late Reggie White.

The letter noted Goodell’s $40 million annual salary and the NFL's reported generated $14 billion in revenue in 2017.

“Meanwhile, many of us Hall of Fame players can’t walk and many can’t sleep at night,” the letter read. “More than a few of us don’t even know who or where we are. Our long careers left us especially vulnerable to the dangers of this violent sport, especially those intentionally hidden from us. Commissioner Goodell, there are better uses for that money.”

 

Brent Jones believes core of a 49ers playoff team already is in place

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Brent Jones believes core of a 49ers playoff team already is in place

One season removed from nine consecutive losses to open the season, the 49ers may not be all that far from playoff contention, former tight end Brent Jones said.

“You talk about flipping it,” Jones said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “It just shows me that John (Lynch) and Kyle (Shanahan) have a good plan and understanding that it’s still about talent development and talent acquisition that go toward building a playoff and, potentially, a championship organization.

“It’s been a pretty quick turnaround from where we started the season last year.”

Jones said he believes the 49ers showed promise in the team’s first two games of the season – a loss at Minnesota and a home victory over Detroit -- but must exhibit more consistency and avoid injuries to place themselves in position to compete for a spot in the NFC playoffs.

“We have some players that are going to be part of the core going forward four, five, six years from now,” he said. “I think the more consistent we get, the more possibilities we have to be a consistent playoff team. I think it starts this year.”

Jones is not at all discouraged by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s up-and-down first two games. He described the 49ers’ acquisition of Garoppolo as similar to obtaining a “fully loaded computer” after coming over in a trade from New England, where he learned from quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.

“A fully loaded computer doesn’t mean you don’t have a software update every now and then,” Jones said. “But a guy who trained under arguably the greatest, alongside Joe Montana, and one of the greatest coaches to ever coach, just your awareness and your analysis of the game and defense, all those things, is so much different than drafting a quarterback and developing him.”

Jones played 11 seasons at tight end for the 49ers. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee who was selected to four Pro Bowls and played on three Super Bowl-winning teams.

He currently lives in Dallas and plays fantasy football. He has 49ers second-year tight end George Kittle on one of his teams, he said. Kittle leads the 49ers with seven receptions for 112 yards.

“I really do like George a lot,” Jones said. “He has really good route-running, smooth, nuanced receiving skills with the way he attacks routes and the way he catches the ball. With any young player, you’re looking for more consistency.

“He can explode and have six or seven catches and take it to the house from 60 yards, but he’s got to be able to focus and sometimes instead of getting up field, you got to look that ball into your hands and make the easy catches, as well as the tough ones. I think that just comes with playing time and consistency.”