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Richard Sherman praises Levi's Stadium crowd during 49ers' Week 3 win

Richard Sherman praises Levi's Stadium crowd during 49ers' Week 3 win

SANTA CLARA — After the 49ers' 24-20 win over the Steelers on Sunday, Richard Sherman confirmed that the Levi's Stadium home crowd did not disappoint. 

Before San Francisco's home opener, the 49ers cornerback called for the fans to be loud when the defense was on the field. He was quite aware that the 49ers have not necessarily been worthy of fan participation during the past few seasons. 

"I think no matter where you're playing, no matter what stadium you're in, in order to get the fans enthusiastic about coming to see you, especially at this stadium where it's kind of hot -- and there's not a lot of shade -- you have to put on a good product,” Sherman explained on Thursday. “And that's on us. That's on the team, that's on the players, and that's on the coaches."

Levi’s Stadium, which is not known for providing an overwhelming home-field advantage, did exactly that. Sherman gave his own "thank you" to the fans during his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. 

“Oh man, it had a great impact,” Sherman said. “Niner gang, we appreciate you guys. We went out and fought for you. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always going to be a blowout where you get to sit comfortably in your seats and drink. 

“Sometimes we got to keep you on the edge of your seats, keep you involved, keep you in the seats, that’s what they told us. We did appreciate you guys sticking through, being loud, being proud. 3-0 for the first time since ’98. Niner gang.”

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The 49er Faithful will have to wait two weeks before they will get another opportunity to provide another assist to the defense, as the team has their bye during Week 4.

The team’s next matchup is scheduled for Oct. 7 against the Browns on "Monday Night Football." 

Emmanuel Sanders remains sore and 'day to day' with ribs injury

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Emmanuel Sanders remains sore and 'day to day' with ribs injury

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders envisioned having a big game on Monday night before leaving the game after appearing  in just 24 snaps due to a rib injury.

“It sucked,” Sanders said on Wednesday. “I wanted to be out there with the guys, especially because I felt like I was going to have a good game. Then, when I got hurt, it sucked.”

Sanders appeared to sustain the injury in the first quarter while making a 12-yard reception. He bent awkwardly and his helmet came off when he was hit by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of the play.

The next time Jimmy Garoppolo a pass Sanders’ way, it was low and Sanders immediately grabbed the right side of his chest and ran off the field. He did not come back into the game. Sanders had two catches for 24 yards in his limited action.

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Sanders declined to reveal the specifics of his injury, but coach Kyle Shanahan said the injury is to Sanders’ rib cartilage. Sanders said he is still sore and described himself as “day to day.”

Sanders was one of a few 49ers who were not on the field at the start of Wednesday’s practice and may not be available for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. The list also includes:

TE George Kittle (knee/ankle)
LT Joe Staley (finger dislocation/fracture)
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
K Robbie Gould (quadriceps)
NT D.J. Jones (groin)
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion)

49ers sign Damontre Moore, place Ronald Blair on season-ending IR

49ers sign Damontre Moore, place Ronald Blair on season-ending IR

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Damontre Moore made a strong bid for a roster spot with the 49ers with an impressive training camp and exhibition season.

Moore finally made it to the team’s 53-man roster on Wednesday, filling the roster spot that was vacated when the 49ers placed defensive end Ronald Blair on injured reserve. Blair is scheduled for season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Moore, 27, has appeared in 54 games over the past seven seasons with the New York Giants, Miami, Seattle, Dallas and the Raiders. He has 10 sacks in his NFL career.

Moore signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Wednesday after originally coming to the organization in the spring.

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He played with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football in the spring, and signed with the 49ers. He registered two sacks during the preseason but was among the team’s final cuts when the 49ers were required to trim their roster from 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53.

Blair served as the 49ers’ No. 3 edge rusher behind Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Moore is likely to see action in a backup role, beginning Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.