49ers recovering after 2 games in 5 days

49ers recovering after 2 games in 5 days

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) After a pair of games in the span of five days, a Monday night matchup was a welcome sight on the schedule for the San Francisco 49ers.

With 10 days between the 49ers' 13-6 win against Seattle and a trip to Arizona, coach Jim Harbaugh has the opportunity to give his team some much-needed rest. The 49ers had the weekend off and, after a light practice Monday, won't practice again until Thursday as preparation for the Cardinals ramps up.

``I spent every waking and asleep moment with my wife and kids,'' Harbaugh said. ``Wonderful weekend, every minute of it was with them.''

Despite the arduous task of playing a Thursday night game following a Sunday game, San Francisco can still be considered a generally healthy team.

``I believe it will be, especially as the week goes on,'' Harbaugh said. ``A lot of our guys came in and lifted and got treatment (over the weekend).''

Running back Frank Gore, who left Thursday's game with bruised ribs, was on the field Monday as the team practiced in shells and helmets.

He said it was good to move around a little bit and doesn't expect the injury to hinder his play moving forward.

``(Running backs coach Tom) Rathman just wanted to be smart (against Seattle),'' said Gore, who lamented he could have remained in the game. ``We have other backs who can play the game pretty well. He didn't want it to get any worse.''

With two days off, Gore's attention will still be on football.

``It's basically like a mini bye week,'' he said. ``We appreciate it a whole lot. We get our bodies back. Watch a little film and chill out, relax.''

Gore has missed at least one game due to injury in all but one (2006) of his first seven seasons in the NFL coming into this season.

Harbaugh said there was no plan to limit Gore's touches in order to preserve him for later in the season.

With 601 yards on 103 carries through seven games, Gore is on pace for 1,373 yards, which would rank as the second-best total of his career.

His 5.8 yards per carry is the best average of his career, outpacing his 5.4-yard clip in 2006, when he rushed for a career-high 1,695 yards.

``He's doing a great job,'' Harbaugh said. ``Been very productive when he has had the ball in his hands.''

Wide receiver Mario Manningham sat out the game against Seattle due to a shoulder injury sustained in the game against the New York Giants, but he is also expected to play against Arizona. Manningham's injury occurred on the first play against the Giants, but he stayed in for the rest of the game.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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Crowder, Richardson headline long list of injury questions for Redskins during Dallas week

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden joked about optimism when going over the team's injury report, but that might be the coach's only way to deal with the current situation. 

Receivers Jamison Crowder and Paul Richardson did not practice on Thursday, and their status for Sunday seems murky at best. Crowder was spotted at Redskins Park using a scooter to keep his weight off his injured ankle, and while Richardson was seen walking around, his knee remains an issue. 

There was some good news, however, that Chris Thompson and Shawn Lauvao practiced, albeit in a limited role. 

Getting Thompson back on the field would be a big help for the Redskins offense, and alleviate some pressure off Adrian Peterson. The future Hall of Famer did not practice Wednesday as he is dealing with a host of injuries, including his shoulder and knee. 

The one player Gruden said he did not have optimisim in a return this week was rookie safety Troy Apke. There has been some conversation about possibly moving him to the injured reserve, but that has not happened yet. 

The Redskins currently have one open roster spot as the team released veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood earlier this week. With all the concerns at wideout, maybe Washington uses that spot to bring up a practice squad player to support the unit. 

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Redskins announced that they have elevated receiver Jehu Chesson from their practice squad to the active roster.

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