The NFL regular season officially kicks off on Thursday when Green Bay travels to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Shutdown Corner will be previewing everything to come all week, capped off by our awards and Super Bowl predictions on Thursday. Here are the post-preseason power rankings, updating the initial rankings from four weeks ago, and will be otherwise known as “How could I have known the Bears defense was still going to be this bad?” Chicago (seventh in the initial rankings) looked flat out putrid against Seattle in their third preseason game, when the starters play the most. The Bears didn’t look all that great in the second preseason game at home against Jacksonville either. You’d think that a defense which signed ends Lamarr Houton, Jared Allen and Willie Young, drafted tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton and cornerback Kyle Fuller, and got linebackers D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs back from injury would be better than last season’s horrible unit. It definitely didn’t look that way. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] That raises the tough question of how to weigh the preseason. The Bears weren’t using a full defensive game plan. So are they that bad? Is the Buccaneers offensive line that shaky? Is the Bills offense that bad? Is the Giants offense ever going to score? Will young quarterbacks like Blake Bortles look as good in the regular season when teams actually blitz? Is there anything to make of the 49ers’ preseason struggles? It’s hard to evaluate because the games are meaningless. For now, the Bears have to move down a bit until their defense shows something. Other teams might find themselves bumped up or down a spot or two in our final rankings before the seasons starts (and the “last week” rankings this time are where the teams ranked before the preseason ): 32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: 32) Bortles looks great. I think the only reason he’s not starting this week is because the Jaguars boxed themselves into a corner in May by saying he wouldn’t and now they feel they have to stick to it. Bortles is clearly their best option right now. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

Post info: By 49ersGold on September 2nd, 2014
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San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone has passed his physical and rejoined the team for its Week 1 preparation ahead of Sunday’s opener at Dallas. The 27-year-old Boone reached agreement on a restructured $6 million, two-year contract Sunday. The 49ers requested a roster exemption and Boone must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play. Boone is a key member of a veteran offensive line and the unit struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald’s arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody. ”I’m a good-hearted person.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. ”The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

Post info: By 49ersGold on August 31st, 2014
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Despite the holdout of guard Alex Boone, the San Francisco 49ers parted with veteran offensive lineman Adam Snyder as they got down to 53 players by the Saturday deadline. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Miami Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal, made the 49ers when the team trimmed its roster to the NFL’s 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period. The star linebacker received his nine-game penalty from the league Friday stemming from a series of off-field legal issues. A statement from the NFL said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game against the New Orleans Saints. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies. Smith, 24, will be eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Nov. 10 following the team’s Nov. 9 game against New Orleans. “Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. It was his second such arrest since entering the NFL in 2011. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

Post info: By 49ersGold on August 29th, 2014
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Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the 49ers he should be in the mix of linebackers to replace injured NaVorro Bowman. Borland, a third-round pick from Wisconsin, returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes and San Francisco beat the Houston Texans 40-13 on Thursday night. Michael Wilhoite is listed as the starter, but defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said younger players would get a ”good, healthy dose of snaps” Thursday night to move up the depth chart. ”That’s kind of been the story this preseason, so I have some things to improve on, but it could help.” Colin Kaepernick did not play for the 49ers. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Linebacker Aldon Smith still has no indication from the NFL about a possible suspension for his off-field legal issues. Everybody around the San Francisco 49ers is bracing for the news. Smith said Tuesday he would hope to hear something soon, and a decision by the end of the week seems likely regarding the star pass rusher ahead of the regular season’s Week 1. 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio also has no idea how long the team might be without Smith, and coach Jim Harbaugh has said the same. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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