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Kyle Shanahan: Raheem Mostert’s “given us no choice” but to play him

The initial plan for the 49ers backfield this season called for Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon to split time, but it didn’t take long for that plan to change. McKinnon went down with a season-ending knee injury during the summer for the second straight year, Tevin Coleman missed time at the start of [more]

Clinton Portis, nine other ex-NFL players charged with health care fraud

The United States Department of Justice has charged 10 former NFL players with defrauding a health care program for retired players. Former Washington and Denver running back Clinton Portis is among those who have been charged. He is joined by Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll [more]

NFL announces nominees for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

The NFL has announced this year’s nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award given each year to a player based on their philanthropic and community work. There’s one nominee per team, each of whom will receive a donation of up to $50,000 to a charity of their choice. The winner of the [more]

Falcons expect to need multiple players to take George Kittle down

San Francisco tight end George Kittle made one of the plays of the year in the NFL this season when he dragged multiple New Orleans players down the field on the late catch and run that set up the game-winning field goal on Sunday. Atlanta was watching. The Falcons play the 49ers on Sunday, and [more]

Roger Goodell: Colin Kaepernick chose not to take incredible opportunity

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hadn’t talked publicly since Colin Kaepernick’s failed workout last month. He didn’t seem interested to talk about it Wednesday. Goodell said the league has “moved on” after Kaepernick “chose not to take” an “incredible opportunity.” “I haven’t thought about this in a few weeks,” Goodell said. “This was, as I’ve said [more]

Goodell sees no momentum for changes to playoff seeding

This season’s playoffs could see a 7-9 NFC East champion playing host to a 13-3 NFC West runner-up, and some people think that’s unfair. Roger Goodell is not one of those people. The Commissioner said at the league meeting today that there has been talk in the past about changing the NFL playoff structure so [more]

Rich McKay acknowledges “angst” with pass interference rule

Expanded replay for pass interference was supposed to fix a problem. But while trying to right the wrong from the NFC Championship Game last January, the NFL arguably made things worse not better. Sunday offered another week, another controversy. Or two. Or three. Al Riveron, the NFL’s officiating supervisor, dropped a flag against the Dolphins [more]

D.J. Jones could be out for season with ankle injury

The hits keep coming for the 49ers. According to Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said defensive tackle D.J. Jones could miss the rest of the season with a “significant” ankle injury. Losing the run-stopper will be a blow for a team that has faced more than its share of injuries lately, losing [more]

49ers bring back Jordan Matthews

After getting cut again by the Eagles, Jordan Matthews has been signed again by the 49ers. Via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com, the 49ers added the veteran wide receiver back to the roster among a flurry of moves. They also announced the addition or cornerback Dontae Johnson, and that center Weston Richburg was placed on injured [more]

49ers bringing back cornerback Dontae Johnson

With Richard Sherman set to miss some time with a hamstring injury, the 49ers are bringing back a familiar face for their secondary. According to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, the 49ers are re-signing cornerback Dontae Johnson. Johnson was originally a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2014, with a lot of stickers on [more]

Jimmy Garoppolo named NFC offensive player of the week

The 49ers dropped out of the lead in the NFC West and the NFC as a whole after their Week 13 loss to the Ravens, but they’re back on top after Week 14 and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a lot to do with that. Garoppolo was 26-of-35 for 349 yards, four touchdowns and an interception [more]

Emmanuel Sanders “motivates every wideout” on 49ers

The 49ers traded for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in order to give their receiving corps a boost and it appears that’s happening in multiple ways. Sanders has 28 catches for 407 yards and three touchdowns in seven games since coming to the 49ers in a trade with the Broncos. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne said that [more]

49ers place Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve

The 49ers have placed receiver Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Goodwin has chronic knee and foot injuries. He played nine games with six starts this season but had only one special teams snap in Week 13 and was inactive Sunday. Goodwin has not seen action on offense since Week 11. [more]

Five teams can clinch playoff berths in Week 15

Three teams have booked passage to the playoffs and five more can join them before Week 15 comes to an end. Two of those teams play in the AFC East. Per the NFL, both the Patriots and Bills will wrap up playoff spots if they win this weekend. The Patriots will be in Cincinnati and [more]

NFC playoff picture: The 49ers get back on top

There was no change to the six teams in playoff position in the NFC during Week 14, but there was a change to the way they stack up. The 49ers are back in the top seed by virtue of beating the Saints while the Seahawks stumbled to a loss in Los Angeles. The Packers beat [more]

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