NFC West Blog
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-tore his left ACL in Saturday night's preseason game versus the Browns, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Bradford missed half of the 2013 season after tearing the same ligament. Shaun Hill is considered the team's starting QB for now.
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree played in five games last season, but that wasn't really Michael Crabtree. The sixth-year wideout said it himself last week: "I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn't me."
This is understandable, of course, as Crabtree was coming back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the spring. He is fully healthy now, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has noticed an improved Crabtree on the field.
Colin Kaepernick ran for 502 yards in 10 starts, including the postseason, in 2012. After putting some dynamic highlights on tape in those playoffs, expectations were high and subsequently not met in 2013 as Kaepernick ran for basically the same amount of yards in 16 regular-season starts. There is a good reason for this plateau, a reason that Kaepernick has not spoken about until now.
The 49ers' quarterback played the 2013 season out after suffering two injuries to his left foot in Week 2 versus the Seahawks. Specifically, Kaepernick had a chipped bone in his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot.
"It was something that was always there," Kaepernick told the Sacramento Bee. "Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you're a football player, you play through pain. Unless you're being carted off, you should be on the field. If it's something you can play through, that's what you do."
Kapernick remained on the field in full practices and games for the rest of the year. He was listed on the injury report in Weeks 3, 6, 7 and 8 with a "foot" injury but was then removed from the report in Week 9.
The Cardinals have activated DB Tyrann Mathieu from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Kent Somers via Twitter. Mathieu is coming off of an ACL/LCL tear suffered late in the 2013 season. By removing him from the PUP list, the Cardinals avoided having to keep Mathieu sidelined for the first six weeks of the season. However, Mathieu is still considered questionable to play Week 1.
Running back Tre Mason allowed two sacks after failing to pass protect in the Rams' preseason game Saturday versus the Packers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On two consecutive plays, the rookie failed to pick up blitzes, and each resulted in a sack. Speaking after the game, head coach Jeff Fisher said Mason "needs to keep working on" his pass protection-skills. Mason is currently the Rams' third-string RB, behind Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham.
In his first carry of the second preseason game, Seattle RB Christine Michael fumbled, which was recovered by the Seahawks. Turbin rushed 12 times for 81 yards and one TD while Michael had eight carries for 45 yards. It it also worth noting that Michael has run behind Robert Turbin in both preseason games. Michael looks to have third-string duties at this point and hasn't shown much of a reason why he should be Marshawn Lynch's direct backup over Turbin.
The blowout win by the Seahawks over the San Diego Chargers was an equal mix of power offense, led by QB Russell Wilson, and the amazing defense. RB Robert Turbin looked good running with the first team, putting up 81 yards on 12 rushing attempts with a TD to boot. On the opening series, he noticeably got goal-line work which led to a 1-yard touchdown run. He followed that up on the second series with a 47-yard power-run to the right side. He has has been running with the first team, behind starter Marshawn Lynch, and in front of Christine Michael for both preseason games.
49ers WR Michael Crabtree has returned to practice after experiencing soreness in his hamstring. He has missed about a week and a half after head coach John Harbaugh said Crabtree would miss about two weeks of practice, but wouldn't disclose the injury. There was a fear he may still not be recovered from his ACL tear last year, which caused him to miss 11 games. Crabtree should be ready to play in the 49ers second preseason game versus the Denver Broncos.
49ers RB LaMichael James is back practicing at training camp after dislocating his elbow for the third time in his football career. Although he was in a no contact jersey, James "caught a few passes and took handoffs in team drills" on Wednesday. It's encouraging news as James will be San Francisco's third-string back if he stays healthy.
The Bellevue, WA police department released a statement Wednesday night clearing Lynch of all wrongdoing in an alleged incident of assault and property damage. The Seahawks had previously released a statement saying the claim was "bogus," and police have now corroborated that. Lynch may see his first action of the season in the Seahawks' second preseason game versus the Chargers.