NFL Capsule: 49ers at Cardinals

NFL Capsule: 49ers at Cardinals


Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 4-3; Arizona 3-4

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 24-17

AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 4; Cardinals No. 19

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat 49ers 21-19, Dec. 11, 2011

LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Seahawks 13-6; Vikings beat Cardinals 21-14





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers have allowed 173.4 yards passing per game. Cardinals averaging 204.1 yards passing per game. ... Against Seattle, RB Frank Gore earned 32nd 100-yard rushing game since 2005, most in NFL in that span. ... QB Alex Smith has thrown five interceptions - total he threw all of last season. Four have come in last two games. ... San Francisco has 41 wins Monday night, second only to Dallas (44). .. 49ers 15-4 against NFC West foes since 2009. ... 54 percent of San Francisco's rushing plays have gained at least 4 yards, tops in NFL. ... San Francisco is second in NFL in yards rushing with 1,246. ... Arizona's defense, ranked seventh in NFL and fourth against pass, is just 20th against run, allowing 166 yards rushing vs. Minnesota and 165 against Buffalo in the last two games. ... Cardinals only team not to allow more than 21 points in a game. ... Minnesota QB Christian Ponder was 8 for 17 for 58 yards with one TD and two INTs against Arizona. ... Four teams Cardinals beat to start season all rank above Arizona now in AP Pro32 rankings. ... Cardinals beat San Francisco last season - one of only three 49ers losses - after losing QB Kevin Kolb on first series with what turned out to be season-ending concussion. John Skelton came on to throw for 282 yards and three TDs, with two INTs in 21-19 win. WR Larry Fitzgerald caught seven for 149 yards to top 1,000 yards receiving in season for sixth time in eight years in NFL. Last week in loss to Vikings, Fitzgerald had four catches for 29 yards. ... 49ers win would give them two-game lead over Arizona in NFC West. Arizona win would snap 3-game slide and tie Cardinals with San Francisco atop division standings.


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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!