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LB Aldon Smith Could Return to the San Francisco 49ers After Bye

October 22nd, 2014 at 2:47 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

If you were surprised by the notion that outside linebacker Aldon Smith could possibly return to the San Francisco 49ers for their week nine match up against the St. Louis Rams, you're probably not alone…just ask the 49ers.

According to NBC's Pro Football Talk,

"G.M. Trent Baalke quickly said he didn’t know anything about it. On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh said the same thing."

Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the league’s personal conduct and substance abuse policy before the start of the season. However, during Sunday Night Football's halftime show, Mike Florio stated that Smith's suspension could be reduced by a game or two for good behavior. The Niners pass rushing specialist was slated to return to the team on November 10th, a day after their week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.

The interesting point in this story was that there was no notion of a possible reduction when the suspension was given up.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirmed the reports by PFT and stated that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall experienced similar reductions during their past suspensions.

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Wounded Niners Take Another Blow in Blowout Loss to Broncos

October 21st, 2014 at 4:36 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers went into Denver banged up and leaking oil…and it certainly showed. By the end of a historic night that showcased Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown, the Niners left Sports Authority Field at Mile High with another man down…starting center, Daniel Kilgore.

Kilgore suffered an injury during the third quarter and was shown in great pain as he was carted off the field. The injury has been confirmed as a fractured left ankle and will require season-ending surgery.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the injury is similar to the one nose tackle Ian Williams suffered last year. Williams was injured in a Week 2 match up against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams missed the rest of the year and took until the start of training camp to fully recover.

“It’s similar. He was disappointed. He played well in the game. So that’s an obstacle to overcome. He’s made of the right stuff. No doubt that he’ll overcome,” Harbaugh said.

While Kilgore was out, rookie Dillon Farrell stepped in but was later replaced by Joe Looney after Farrell shaken up only a few plays in.

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The San Francisco 49ers are Limping into Denver

October 16th, 2014 at 4:56 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

While the San Francisco 49ers have quieted the early season critics (for now) since going on a three-game winning streak, the Niners appear to be physically hurting as they prepare for their premiere match-up with the defending AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers have been dealing with injuries all year, even before the season started. Ailments suffered by All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman and starting nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, along with the suspension of All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith, have been widely documented. With that being said, the Niners have persevered and have remained one of the top defenses in the league despite lacking a consistent pass rush.

But as the Niners head to the Mile High State, the harsh reality of their losses may soon become apparent. In addition to their three preseason losses on defense, the heart and soul of the "D" could easily be ruled out for the Sunday Night game.

Another All-Pro inside linebacker, Patrick Willis, could miss Week 7 with a toe injury. The ailment first struck Willis during last week's game against the St. Louis Rams. Willis injured the toe midway through the game and did not play in the second half. He was in street clothes by the end of the Monday Night game.

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The “54th Man,” QB Josh Johnson, is Re-signed by the San Francisco 49ers

October 14th, 2014 at 2:20 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Third string quarterback Josh Johnson was resigned Tuesday by the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson was released last week, leading up to the Niners match up with the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football.

Much like special teamer Kassim Osgood, Johnson has been cut and resigned three different times since the end of training camp. Oddly enough, this time around Johnson had been released in order to make room for Osgood for the week six contest.

On Tuesday however, the Niners had released Bubba Ventrone to make room for Johnson on the active 53-man roster. Ventrone plays safety but is primarily a special teams player, much like Osgood.

Johnson has primarily been used as the Niners' scout team quarterback, as the red and gold currently are without a quarterback on their practice squad.

The sixth-year pro has been called the "54th man" on the roster and has been used as part of a little roster trick in order for the Niners to have additional depth on game days.

According to NBC Sports' Mike Florio:

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Surprise, Surprise…San Francisco 49ers Re-sign Kassim Osgood

October 10th, 2014 at 5:46 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Just two days ago, Kassim Osgood was released by the San Francisco 49ers in order to make room for Bubba Ventrone, but on Friday, Osgood was re-signed and is expected to suit up against the Rams in St. Louis this Sunday.

Third string quarterback Josh Johnson was released to make room for Osgood. According to CSN's Matt Maiocco, "the 49ers opted to release Osgood earlier in the week because they knew he would not get signed by any team." The Niners did not want to cut Johnson early in the week so that a team like the Rams would not be able to sign the QB and gather insight on the 49ers game plan and schemes.

This is the second time Johnson has been part of a transaction like this, late in the week. He was released when the Niners were going to need an extra tight end with Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald hurt leading up to week three and Xavier Grimble was signed off the practice squad.

The 49ers only have Colin Kaepernick and back-up Blaine Gabbert as the lone quarterbacks on the roster, which includes the practice squad. That could be reason enough for the Niners to possible make another roster move leading up to their week seven matchup against the Denver Broncos.

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