ORLANDO, Fla. – Wide receiver Quinton Patton returned to limited practice, as he continues to be on pace to be cleared to play Sunday in the 49ers’ game against the Chicago Bears.
Patton wore a blue jersey, signifying he is off-limits for physical contact, during practice on Thursday at the University of Central Florida. Patton has returned to non-contact football activity. The next step for Patton to be cleared is to take part in full football activity, including contact.
Patton is the 49ers’ second-leading receiver with 31 catches for 374 yards. Veteran Rod Streater entered Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins when Patton was injured. Streater caught four passes for 46 yards.
Regardless of Patton’s condition, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Streater has earned more playing time.
“Yeah, he should,” Kelly said. “I think with Streat, all this is a meritocracy and he merits playing time. I thought what he did was really valuable for us, especially late in that fourth quarter there he made some really big plays for us.
“It’s about trying to get the ball in playmaker’s hands and those guys did a really good job.”
49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)
DL Ronald Blair (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (knee, neck)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring, calf)
G Zane Beadles (ankle, knee)
CB Rashard Robinson (knee)
WR Torrey Smith (shoulder)
BEARS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Adrian Amos (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (right shoulder)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
LB Leonard Floyd (concussion)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)
CB Tracy Porter (knee)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)
DE Mitch Unrein (back)
Ah, the peril of live television.
NFL Network thought they were capturing a nice moment between Kyle Shanahan and his South squad during Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday in Mobile, Ala.
The second-year 49ers coach was giving his players some advice. But a few seconds into the speech, Shanahan forced NFL Network to audible.
"Alright, make sure you're on time," Shanahan started to tell the players. "Whether it's at weigh-ins, whether it's meeting with us, whether it's an appointment you have with anyone here, because those are the questions everyone wants to ask of you guys. You'll do everything f****** perfect around here and then have one f****** ..."
That's when the NFL Network host jumped in and spoke over the rest of Shanahan's speech. Moments later, they cut to a commercial.
Oops. Guess the NFL Network censors weren't fast enough.
You can watch the NSFW video here:
MOBILE, Ala. -- Kyle Shanahan has experienced more than his share of disputes with NFL officials in his two seasons as 49ers head coach.
The officiating on Sunday in the NFC Championship game became the biggest storyline of the weekend. Shanahan said on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that he would like to see something done to correct officiating errors.
“I’d like to see, when things are obvious and everyone in the world knows, that you do whatever it takes to get it right,” Shanahan said.
The New Orleans Saints appeared to be on their way to the Super Bowl with 1:45 remaining in regulation when Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis before quarterback Drew Brees' pass arrived.
“I thought the same thing that everyone else thought,” Shanahan said. “It was obviously pass interference. But they missed it. That happens a lot, so you get used to it as a coach and you got to deal with it sometimes.”
The obvious pass-interference penalty came on a third-and-10 play from the L.A. 13-yard line. A penalty would have given the Saints a fresh set of downs, enabling them to run out the clock and kick a short field goal to win the game.
Instead, the Saints had to kick the go-ahead field goal with 1:41 remaining. The Rams had enough time to drive 45 yards for a field goal to send the game into overtime. Los Angeles emerged with a 26-23 victory in overtime.
The NFL – as it has done in the past -- is expected this offseason to consider expanding the kinds of plays that fall under replay to review. But there is no guarantee the league will make any changes to its current replay rules to allow for challenges on judgment calls, such as pass interference or holding.