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Why Ravens' Mark Andrews trolled 49ers' Nick Bosa with flag celebration

Why Ravens' Mark Andrews trolled 49ers' Nick Bosa with flag celebration

Sooner blood runs deep, very deep.

So when 49ers rookie Nick Bosa trolled Baker Mayfield during the Niners' Week 4 win, Ravens tight end Mark Andrews took note. 

Andrews was teammates with Mayfield at Oklahoma, so he had to get Bosa back by busting out the 49ers star's flag celebration once he hit the end zone Sunday during Baltimore's Week 13 clash with the Niners.

“Yeah it was a little comeback,” Andrews said of his move to troll Bosa after the Ravens' 20-17 win. “‘Bosa, Bosa,’ you know one of those things, just like he said ‘Baker, Baker.’ It is what it is. Just having fun out there.

“You kind of talk bad about Oklahoma you’re going to get reprimanded.”

The beef started two years ago when Mayfield, Andrews and Oklahoma beat Bosa and Ohio State in Columbus and Mayfield planted the Oklahoma flag on the field after the win.

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Bosa got his revenge by tormenting Mayfield at Levi's Stadium earlier this season, but Andrews had his former QB's back. 

The Ravens were able to fend off the 49ers and grab a hard-fought 20-17 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, but expect Bosa to remember this should the two teams meet again in the Super Bowl.

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Ex-49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett cut by Lions after six months

Josh Garnett's NFL career has hit another snag.

The former 49ers first-round pick was cut by the Detroit Lions over the weekend as the team reduces the roster to 80 players. Garnett signed with Detroit in February after spending the 2019 season out of the NFL.

San Francisco traded up to select Garnett at No. 28 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, as the Stanford product was one of the nation's top offensive lineman. Garnett won the Outland Trophy in his senior season with the Cardinal, given annually to the NCAA's best interior lineman.

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Garnett started 11 games as a rookie with the 49ers, but was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury just prior to the start of the 2017 season. Garnett was unable to secure a starting spot in 2018 and played just seven games.

After denying his fifth-year option, the 49ers made Garnett one of the organization's final cuts before the 2019 campaign.

Just 26 years old, it remains to be seen where Garnett might find his next home in the NFL.

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49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

49ers' Mike McGlinchey hopes NFL players hold themselves accountable

The 49ers are scheduled to open the 2020 NFL season on Sept. 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.

They will compete head-to-head against the teams on their 16-game regular-season schedule, but 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey also is mindful that all players – even those on different teams – are on the same side in trying to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Typically, almost anything goes in the midst of a pileup at the line of scrimmage, where the same defensive linemen and offensive linemen might be waging one-on-one battles in close quarters for more than 60 snaps a game.

This season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more might be at stake on game days than just the outcome of a football game.

“You really hope guys are really pros about everything that’s going on this season because it’s not just your teammates and your teammates’ families,” McGlinchey said Monday in a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Once you start playing games, you’re affecting the entire league at that point.

“Hopefully, everybody can have the discipline and control and the accountability to one another that we can make this thing move as smoothly as possible, especially in the trenches when we are up close and personal.”

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The hopes of the NFL being able to carry out an entire season will be contingent on teams reducing the spread of the virus. Oakley has developed a clear plastic face shield designed to block the direct path of droplets while allowing for airflow and soundwaves for communication.

McGlinchey said he will try it out at some point in training camp once helmets are allowed during practices, but he will not switch to the new protective device if he believes it hinders his ability to breathe.

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