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No suspensions after 49ers-Cardinals scuffle

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No suspensions after 49ers-Cardinals scuffle

The fight that broke out in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday will result in no suspensions, the NFL announced on Monday.

The NFL announced Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans was suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules against the New Orleans Saints.

A league spokesman said Evans was the only player in the NFL to face a suspension due to on-field conduct.

San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde and Arizona defensive players Frostee Rucker and Haason Reddick were ejected for fighting on Sunday. Those players, along with Cardinals defensive back Antoine Bethea, will be subject to fines.

Reddick appeared to punch 49ers center Daniel Kilgore in the face at the beginning of the melee, which began after Bethea delivered a hit to the head and neck area of a sliding C.J. Beathard

Then, Rucker knocked down Hyde, who got to his feet and took a swipe at Rucker and was ejected. As Hyde came off the field, 49ers general manager John Lynch excitedly slapped hands with the 49ers running back and yelled, “Good job.”

“There’s a very fine line,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game. “I want our guys to be smart. I know Carlos is the one who ended up getting ejected. I didn’t see Carlos throw a punch. I don’t know exactly what he did. I did see him get punches thrown at him. I did see him get knocked over a couple times.

“I really loved how he went and got our quarterback’s back. I thought our quarterback had a couple helmets to the head when he was in the pocket a few plays before and then he ended up scrambling and sliding and he got one again. I think our players had had enough.”

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

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Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.