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Why Terrell Owens believes Seahawks' Josh Gordon shouldn't worry 49ers

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Why Terrell Owens believes Seahawks' Josh Gordon shouldn't worry 49ers

The biggest game of the NFL season to date will occur Monday at Levi's Stadium when the 7-2 Seahawks visit the 8-0 49ers in an epic NFC West clash. 

As the last remaining undefeated team, the 49ers enter the crucial showdown with a leg up on their divisional rivals. But a loss to the Seahawks on Monday night would level the playing field, with the two teams still set to meet in Seattle later this season. 

The Seahawks are anticipating the debut of their newest wide receiver Monday, as Josh Gordon is healthy and expected to play at least some sort of role for Pete Carroll and the 'Hawks.

Seattle already boasts two quality receivers in deep threat Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf, so the addition of a healthy Gordon, who the Seahawks added after the Patriots waived him, will give quarterback Russell Wilson a bevy of weapons to attack the 49ers' vaunted defense with. 

But should Gordon really worry the 49ers? Terrell Owens, for one, doesn't think so.

"Josh really hasn't been a factor the last two or three years," Owens told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "It sounds good in theory, but he hasn't really done much for those guys in the secondary to be of concern. To me, he's not even a deep threat. He hasn't really done a whole lot with the Patriots -- pedestrian at best.

"But I do think they don't want D.K. Metcalf to get loose. This guy is a big problem. He's definitely gaining confidence as the season rolls, and I'm sure he's going to present a challenge.

"With Richard Sherman as well, I'm sure he's going to be fired up," Owens said. "He's going to try to shut him down. But that's not a concern to have Josh Gordon out there. Yeah, he may be ready but I don't think he's going to be a big factor in the game."

Metcalf has been great of late and Lockett remains a deadly deep threat, catching 13 balls for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's Week 9 win over the Bucs. If Gordon can be what he was with the Patriots, he will give Wilson the third option he needs with tight end Will Dissly sidelined due to injury.

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The game, in the end, likely will come down to Seattle's ability to block the 49ers' vicious defensive front and Wilson's ability to escape pressure and extend plays. If Wilson spends a lot of time on the turf, it probably won't matter whether Gordon is good or not. 

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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