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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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San Francisco 49ers Release “Special Teams Ace” Kassim Osgood; Sign Bubba Ventrone

October 8th, 2014 at 4:39 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers released special-teamer Kassim Osgood on Wednesday, in response to signing safety Bubba Ventrone

Ventrone is a nine-year pro out of Villanova and played on the special teams unit last year for the Niners. Ventrone appeared in all 16 regular season games, accumulating 11 tackles and recovering one fumble, while also appearing in three playoff games last year.

Last season was the first as a Niner for Ventrone. He had previously been a member of the Cleveland Browns, where he spent four seasons, and the New England Patriots, where he spent the first three years of his career.

Over the course of his career, Ventrone has tallied up a total of 61 tackles, one forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Osgood finds himself in familiar territory. With his release on Wednesday, it marks the third time Osgood has been cut from the Niners since the end of training camp.

Often being the victim of precautionary transactions for the Niners, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has continuously thrown praise in Osgood's direction. The most recent example came on Monday:

"Kassim Osgood, again, he's our best player on special team, especially on the coverage units. He's doing a great job."

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San Francisco 49ers Will Have to Be Patient with NaVorro Bowman

October 7th, 2014 at 3:04 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers recently improved their record to 3-2 and have given up the second fewest total yards per game in the NFL with 282.8 yards (just .4 yards more than the Detroit Lions). While the Niners defense has performed admirably through the first five games, one wonders how long that will last as the red and gold are still missing a few key players, arguably none bigger than All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during last year's NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. The fifth-year pro is eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list next week, but will require several additional weeks to be ready to practice and especially game action, according to Niners' Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio.

"NaVorro’s doing well in his rehab,” Fangio said. “He still has to be out two more games, at least, then he’ll be out several after that. But he’s doing well. He’s had no roadblocks in his rehab. Everything’s gone smooth. He’s ahead of where he should be and we’re looking forward to his return at some point."

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