An extra week to heal has proved beneficial for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who says he can play without thinking again. ”I feel healthy enough to go out, get going, not thinking, just reacting.” Hampered by ankle and back problems most of the season, Davis hopes to add to his 14 catches for 142 yards in the 49ers’ rematch with the visiting St. Louis Rams on Sunday. ”You can grow from it if you deal with it the right way.” San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects bigger things ahead for Davis, the franchise leader among tight ends with 55 touchdowns. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The Seattle Seahawks have signed veteran fullback Will Tukuafu and linebacker L.J. Fort. Seattle announced the signings Wednesday, a day after clearing the two roster spots by releasing wide receiver Phil Bates and tight end Brett Brackett. Tukuafu had spent his career with San Francisco before being placed on injured reserve at the end of training camp and later released. He played in only two regular-season games last year with the 49ers, but was part of all three playoff games for San Francisco. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Colin Kaepernick offered a few encouraging words, and rookie Marcus Martin knew the quarterback believed in him to step in at center and do the job. ”Let’s go, you know the task in front of, let’s go,” Kaepernick told Martin. Martin, all of 20 and yet to step on the field for game day, is set to make his long-awaited season debut for the 49ers (4-3) on Sunday against St. Louis – and he’ll do it as San Francisco’s starting center. Martin has been working to get a feel for Kaepernick’s tendencies, preferences and how he reacts under pressure to make a play succeed. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Gordon Soltau, a wide receiver and kicker who played nine NFL seasons with San Francisco, has died. The three-time All-Pro passed away on Sunday, according to the 49ers. Soltau had 249 receptions for 3,487 yards and 25 touchdowns. He remains one of only three players in NFL history to score 25 touchdowns and make 70 field goals in their career. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to return to the practice field at last, ready to forget the devastating knee injuries, surgeries and countless hours of rehab. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Lattimore would be on the field beginning Wednesday, starting the team’s 21-day window to determine whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve. Lattimore can’t fathom not playing and making his debut with San Francisco after all this time. San Francisco’s 2013 fourth-round draft pick was eligible to return after Week 6. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The Seattle Seahawks could move on from Marshawn Lynch next year, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Per @MortReport , the @Seahawks have grown tired of Marshawn Lynch’s ways and he’s not expected to return next season. — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 26, 2014 It’s worth reminding: The Seahawks bumped up Lynch’s salary prior to the season. Just to get him to report to training camp. Are the Seahawks losing control of their roster? Following the Percy Harvin trade, which the Seahawks clearly felt they had to make, it certainly begs the question. Lynch was reportedly upset with the Harvin trade, which the Seahawks obviously aren’t too concerned about. And with this Lynch report, which is hardly shocking, it does make you wonder what is next. But this much is clear: This is Russell Wilson’s team — even aside from bizarre reports about how the locker room might view him — and the Seahawks’ brass won’t prevent that from remaining the case. Lynch doesn’t fit in with the team dynamic? Use him up and let him walk; that would be the theory, anyway. It’s going to be fascinating to watch these Seahawks over the next weeks, even after Sunday’s gutty 13-9 victory against the Carolina Panthers. They have work to do, with the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers (who are getting healthier, by the way) ahead of them in the division, but it would be dumb to assume the Seahawks couldn’t make another Super Bowl run.   – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Through the month of September, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers became one of the NFL’s hot way-too-early MVP candidates.  The Chargers were playing well. Rivers was on fire. All of the way-too-early MVP buzz was justified. But no matter how good Rivers is, he’s not even the best MVP candidate in his own division. Peyton Manning, who was surprisingly absent from the MVP talk in its very early stages, and the Denver Broncos dismantled the Chargers 35-21, leaving no question they are the favorite in the AFC West. The Broncos are 6-1, a game-and-a-half ahead of the second-place Chargers (5-3). [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 8 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,905 teams paid ] This was Manning’s second straight dominant performance on prime time. Manning was 25-of-35 for 286 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday’s win. Last week, Manning was 22-of-28 for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers.  Remember in the 1990s when NBA voters got bored giving Michael Jordan the MVP award every year, so guys like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone were given one even though Jordan was clearly the best player in the league? That might be other NFL MVP candidates’ hope this year: Manning fatigue by voters. Manning has five MVPs already and it’s obvious he’ll be one of the top candidates again this season. That will be sorted out a long time from now, but what was reinforced on Thursday night is that the Broncos are the best team in football. The offense might even be more dangerous this year with additions like receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who scored three touchdown Thursday. The defense is clearly better, with a healthy Von Miller and other newcomers like end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward. The Broncos were ahead 28-7 early in the third quarter, and although the Chargers got the ball back late in the fourth quarter down just 14 points, the game never seemed in doubt. The Broncos, who lost to these Chargers at home on a Thursday night last year, are just the better team. In fairness to the Chargers, the Broncos are better than any other team right now. And Manning has a very good case as the league’s best player. Again. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The way his big brother tells it, Jim Harbaugh never minded the regular moves every few years for his father’s football coaching jobs because he needed a change in towns to find fresh surroundings and make new friends given how quickly he ran them off. Fast forward about four decades and Harbaugh is in the fourth year of his $25 million, five-year contract coaching the San Francisco 49ers, and the relationship might be wearing thin despite success on the field. Harbaugh carries on amid speculation he is grating on everyone from his players to the front office and could be on his way out. Not that Harbaugh pays much attention to the constant, weekly scuttlebutt. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Since the NFL is already carving “Denver Broncos” into this season’s Lombardi Trophy, there’s probably no use in checking the Super Bowl odds almost halfway through the season. But let’s do so anyway, for kicks. It’s hard to figure out who the second-best team in the NFL is. Which means that there should be value in the Super Bowl odds, just in case the Broncos blow it in the playoffs again (I know, hard to imagine). Here are the odds for every semi-legitimate contender (the Raiders are 3000-to-1, if you feel like setting your money on fire), from Bovada via OddsShark.com , before Thursday’s game:  Denver Broncos, 3-to-1 Again, this was before Thursday’s game. It’s not good value to take any team in Week 8 at 3-to-1 to win the Super Bowl, no matter how far Denver is ahead of the rest of the NFL. Green Bay Packers, 8-to-1 Interesting that the Packers are the second favorite. Considering that if the season ended today, they wouldn’t even be NFC North champs. Dallas Cowboys, 9-to-1 I do believe the Cowboys are good. I do also believe you’re never getting good odds on anything relating to the Cowboys. I don’t know if they’re America’s Team, but they are Las Vegas’ Team. Seattle Seahawks, 9-to-1 Hmm. Two weeks ago, you’d have jumped all over this. And i think by the end of the year this will look like a steal. Indianapolis Colts, 12-to-1 Our second AFC favorite. With that easy schedule, could they steal the No. 1 seed? Maybe. Could Andrew Luck pull off a colossal upset even if it’s in Denver? Sure. If you believe Peyton Manning will choke in January, this looks pretty good. New England Patriots, 12-to-1 Injuries piling up, but I wouldn’t blame you if you liked this. San Diego Chargers 12-to-1 I like the Chargers well enough but I’m not feeling it. Not sure how they get past the other three AFC teams already listed. San Francisco 49ers, 14-to-1 The argument for it: Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis will all be back soon. Philadelphia Eagles, 16-to-1 If you’re asking me who the second-best team in the NFL is right now, the Eagles are my answer . So yeah, I like this. Baltimore Ravens, 18-to-1 Pass. Arizona Cardinals, 20-to-1 Nah. Detroit Lions, 28-to-1 They’re technically in first in the NFC North, thanks to the tiebreaker (for now) against the Packers. They’ve gotten almost nothing out of Calvin Johnson yet. the defense is pretty nasty. Yeah, it’s still the Lions, but 28-to-1? That’ll go down, and soon. After the Eagles, this seems like the best number on the board. Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints, 33-to-1 We’ll lump them both together because this is the cutoff for making any remote case for a Super Bowl contender. And right now it’s a stretch for the Bengals. But consider that the Saints are 2-4. First place in the NFC South is 3-3-1 Carolina. It’s not like they’re dead. And I’m not saying the Saints are gonna roll through the playoffs if they get in, but I do know you wouldn’t want to face Drew Brees in January either. Who do you like out of that group? While you decide about the game on Feb. 1, we’ll look at some picks for Week 8: Broncos (-8.5) over Chargers ( picked Thursday ): They’re really good right now . Lions (-3.5) over Falcons: Call the oddsmakers, there’s a misprint! This should be -13.5 and not -3.5, right? Bengals (+1) over Ravens: I can’t justify it based on how the Bengals have played the last three weeks. But I still think there’s a good team in there somewhere. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning added to his latest record by throwing three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The win comes four days after quarterback Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 demolition of the San Francisco 49ers. Against the Chargers, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career National Football League touchdown total to 513. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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