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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois has been preparing all week to start in place of All-Pro Justin Smith on the NFL's second-ranked defense.
The 49ers remain uncertain whether that will actually happen Sunday night in a NFC West showdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
Smith's availability is in question after he missed practice Friday because of an elbow injury for the third consecutive day, placing his streak of 185 consecutive starts in jeopardy.
The 49ers listed Smith as doubtful on an injury report they submitted to the NFL office Friday morning. He was upgraded to questionable later in the day, even though he didn't participate in the afternoon session.
BEST OF MAXIM
The 49ers are preparing for Sunday's game against Seattle with the assumption that defensive end Justin Smith won't be available. Smith left last week's 41-34 victory over New England in the third quarter because of an undisclosed elbow injury and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Smith's departure from the game nearly coincided exactly with New England...
Sarah Redden in the new rapping YouTube sensation. This 5-year old little girl is rap/singing about Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers going to the Super Bowl. This video is a bit more fancy than most home made YouTube videos. Not to mention they went all out with the fake tattoos, and can even pronounce “organically” correct. Check out the video below.
Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have a history together, they both coached in the PAC-10. Carroll ran the monster years of USC dominating, while Harbaugh flew a little under the radar until Andrew Luck brought Stanford out of darkness.
The two know each other very well and Carroll even lambasted Harbaugh for running up the score on his team.
Of coarse that was after Carroll had...
PEOPLE: THEY'RE THE WORST
After retweeting a death threat he received on Wednesday, it appears that San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers has shut down his Twitter account.
A couple of weeks back, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was riding the bench as Alex Smith lead the team to the top of the NFC West.
Now, Kaepernick has them one win away from clinching the division and he has earned the admiration of 49ers fans across the world.
Check out this rather cute tribute rap song that a little 49ers fans did in honor of Colin:
Joe Staley, Mike Iupati and Alex Boone face off in a Dance-off. Boone clearly has better dance skills.
The San Francisco 49ers have several
key players listed as questionable as they prepare for this weekend’s matchup
against the Seattle Seahawks, including defensive end Justin Smith and wide
receiver Mario Manningham, while linebacker Aldon Smith is probable to suit up,
reports Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.
Make of this what you will: Jim Harbaugh today said that
The 49ers beat the unbeatable Patriots last week and now have a chance to prove they are the Super Bowl favorite.
The season is coming to a close and I'm sitting at 142-82. That's over .600 but I can do better.
Here's a look at week 16
Atlanta at Detroit - The Falcons destroyed the Giants last week and silenced a few critics that say they can'...
As reporters circled around Ricky Jean Francois in the 49ers locker room Friday, teammates Randy Moss, Colin Kaepernick and Mike Iupati each stopped by to call out good-natured questions from behind the crowd, drawing laughs all around. Nobody seems too worried about Jean Francois stepping in for stalwart defensive leader Justin Smith at Seattle on Sunday, particularly not Jean Francois.
Last week: 2 (+1)
Net points per drive: 0.90 (2nd)
DVOA: 34.8% (4th)
Weighted DVOA: 35.1% (4th)
The 49ers won last week and earned this spot, at least until they lose in Seattle this week. Then would Seattle be #1 even though you can’t trust them to win a single road playoff game, let alone 3 (4 if you include the neutral site Super Bowl)? Would it be the Patriots...
Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the 49ers’ Pro Bowl free safety. While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often had little to do with his hard-hitting ways until this season.
My Fantastic Five vs. 49’ers
It won’t be easy. But it can be done. Sunday night in front of a national audience at “Seahawks Stadium” the 12th man can will their Hawks to victory vs. the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers.
1.) Attack the Edges
Defensively, the hawks match up well with San Fran, but with two top cover guys out for Seattle the key to shutting down the pass...
Must win time
There is quite a bit riding on this game between the 49ers and Seahawks on Sunday Night Football this week.
Matchup: San Francisco vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Time: 5:20 PM (local)
Weather: High 43. Low 37. Showers
Team Records: Seattle 9-5. San Francisco 10-3-1
Standings: Seahawks 2nd NFC West. 49ers 1st NFC West
With the Hawks coming in on...