Encounters with the Seahawks have been painful for the 49ers from an injury standpoint in recent seasons, and that trend continued on the second play Thursday when Michael Crabtree caught a short pass over the middle and was crunched by hard-hitting safety Kam Chancellor.
SANTA CLARA -- Richard Sherman, who finished the NFC Championship game with his hands around his throat in a 'choking' gesture to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, got his hands on one of Kaepernick's passes in the first quarter.
The 49ers bulked up their roster with two tight ends hours before today’s game with the Seahawks, activating Garrett Celek from the physically-unable-to-perform list and elevating rookie Asante Cleveland from the practice squad. To make room, tight end Derek Carrier was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury while outside linebacker Chase Thomas was released.
SANTA CLARA -- Jonathan Martin will make his second straight start at right tackle after Anthony Davis officially was declared out of Thursday’s showdown with the Seahawks. Davis suffered a concussion at the end of the team’s Week 11 win against the Giants and still was experiencing symptoms this week.
Thirty-somethings Justin Smith and Frank Gore were among the players listed on the 49ers' first injury report of the week Monday. The team held a walk-through instead of a practice. But because of Thursday's game, they and the Seahawks were required to submit injury reports as if they had a full practice.
Richard Sherman came up big once again against the San Francisco 49ers, with his two interceptions highlighting Seattle's strong defensive effort for a 19-3 victory in a highly-anticipated NFC West Thanksgiving clash.
Offensive right tackle Anthony Davis still is experiencing post-concussion symptoms, and his availability for Thursday’s game is up in the air, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said today. Davis suffered a concussion at the end of the team’s Nov. 16 game against the New York Giants and did not play Sunday against Washington.
The ideal scenario for a team facing a Thursday kickoff is a blowout victory the Sunday prior in which most of the starters are wearing baseball caps in the fourth quarter. The 49ers didn't do that Sunday, requiring a late fourth-down conversion, a late touchdown drive and all sorts of nail biting before winning their game.
After a second-quarter hit on quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday, Aldon Smith ran to sideline with the tip of his middle finger bent at an awkward angle. The digit was dislocated but wouldn't be for long. Smith said he popped it back in place himself and was back on the field two plays later.
Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.