BRADENTON, Fla. – Cornerback Richard Sherman participated in 49ers practice on Wednesday, just three days after sustaining a knee sprain in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Sherman’s appearance on the practice field was a bit of a surprise after he was seen having difficulty walking Sunday after the game. He missed just one snap of the team's game against Baltimore due to the injury.
Safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) and receiver Dante Pettis (knee) were the only 49ers who were not active at the beginning of practice on Wednesday at the IMG Academy, where the 49ers are practicing before their game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Nose tackle D.J. Jones, who left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, also was on the practice field.
Running back Matt Breida, left tackle Joe Staley and defensive end Dee Ford were on the practice field as well. Breida went through a full practice.
Breida is the team’s leading rusher with 542 yards on 109 rushing attempts for a 5.0-yard average. He has sat out the past three games with an ankle injury.
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Staley missed the past three games after undergoing surgery to repair a broken and dislocated finger on his right hand. Staley sustained the injury on Nov. 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. He returned in that game after missing the six previous games with a fractured left lower leg.
Ford missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. He was injured while chasing down Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray for a sack in the 49ers’ Week 11 game. Ford is third on the 49ers with 6.5 sacks.
The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.
York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.
That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.
“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."
That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.
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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.
Kyle Shanahan hasn't forgotten that the Atlanta Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead in their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots.
The 49ers coach cited the loss as a valuable learning experience in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 3, and he doesn't think he'll repeat history in Miami. If you think he will against the Kansas City Chiefs, then you can get action on that.
New Jersey-based sportsbook PointsBet listed the 49ers as having 100-1 odds of blowing a 28-3 lead against the Chiefs in a prop bet, according to ESPN's David Purdum. The Super Bowl is synonymous with highly specific wagering, and it's only fitting that one of the most-memed moments in NFL history has earned such a designation.
The Falcons' long history of heartbreak, providing the movable object, came to the forefront against the unstoppable force that was (is?) the Patriots' historic dominance. New England completed the 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl's first overtime session, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. won their fifth ring -- all at the expense of a city once called "Loserville."
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Shanahan's first season on the 49ers' sideline came the following season, and San Francisco's appearance in Super Bowl LIV will be his first in the big game since, well, 28-3 happened. The 40-year-old hasn't let the scoreline define him, but it has since defined his approach as a head coach. He told reporters in Santa Clara this week that the blown lead is "something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over."
And, surely, so will the Chiefs erasing double-digit playoff deficits with regularity.