SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Vernon Davis #85 and Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers take the field against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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NFL Roster Cuts: 49ers Waive Wide Receiver Brett Swain

The San Francisco 49ers began to clear up a crowded wide receiver corps Friday by waiving Brett Swain, according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan.

Swain had a solid camp and has shown the ability to be a special teams contributor in the past, but there simply wasn't nearly enough room at the position with all the 49ers' offseason acquisitions. Swain also only has eight catches in 27 career games, but did catch six for 63 yards this preseason, which should help his cause on the open market.

The 49ers are now left with Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, Ted Ginn Jr. and 2012 first round pick A.J. Jenkins as the locks to make the roster at wide receiver. Nathan Palmer and Chris Owusu have done some good things this preseason but they'll likely be stashed on the practice squad with San Francisco's incredible depth.

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49ers Trade Colin Jones To Panthers, According To Report

San Francisco 49ers special teams ace Colin Jones has been traded to the Carolina Panthers for a seventh round pick, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Jones, who naturally plays safety, had six solo tackles in 13 games with the 49ers last season. David Fucillo of Niners Nation passed along the theory that this move could have been made for Darcel McBath or Michael Thomas to make the team as a special teamer. Both McBath and Thomas are still young and could possibly contribute more at safety than Jones would.

Jones was a sixth round pick of the 49ers last season and quickly proved to be a valuable special teams asset with his straight line speed. The 49ers had spoken about possibly turning him into a wide receiver but he's still likely to have the same role with the Panthers that he had with San Francisco last season.

For more information on the 49ers, head on over to Niners Nation. If you want the Panthers reaction to the trade, pay a visit to Cat Scratch Reader.


49ers Depth Chart 2012: Post-Roster Cut Aftermath

The San Francisco 49ers have updated their depth chart after the latest round of cuts.


49ers Roster 2012: Fan-Favorites Get Shown The Door

The 49ers were required to trim the roster down to 75 this week. Niners Nation examined some of the cuts.


49ers Injury Update: 49ers Still Hoping To Get Aldon Smith Back Soon

The San Francisco 49ers have a host of injuries heading into their final preseason game, but one player they still hope to get back is their top rookie from last season, pass rush specialist Aldon Smith.

Smith has a deep hip bruise and missed Sunday's game against Denver. He did suit up before the game but the decision was made not to let him play, though that is a good sign he could see some time on Aug. 30 against San Diego.

The same goes for linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who is dealing with a knee injury. He missed Sunday's game as well.

Wide receiver and return man Ted Ginn Jr. injured his right ankle being tackled in the third quarter Sunday. Ginn needed X-rays but they were negative, according to reports.

Other 49ers dealing with injuries include running backs Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James and cornerback Chris Culliver. Outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari appeared to suffer a concussion during the game, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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49ers Vs. Broncos Final: David Akers' Foot Carries San Francisco To 29-24 Win Over Broncos

Peyton Manning may have shredded the 49ers defense while he was on the field but David Akers still managed to personally outscore the veteran quarterback thanks to five field goals in San Francisco's 29-24 win over the Denver Broncos.

Akers looked about as sharp as a placekicker can look, nailing all five of his attempts including a 45-yarder. The 37-year-old Akers made nine straight points in the fourth quarter to give the 49ers a lead they'd never relinquish and outscored Manning 15-12 in the process.

The outcome might have been different though if Manning played more than a quarter. The new Broncos signal caller carefully tore apart a usually unyielding 49ers defense, completing 10 of his 12 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns to Eric Decker. San Francisco would eventually get a break when Caleb Hanie replaced Manning and threw an interception to former Bronco Perrish Cox on his first drive.

The only 49ers first-stringer touchdown would come on a 44-yard strike from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis in the waning seconds of the first quarter. Anthony Dixon also found pay dirt later in the third with a 26-yard touchdown scamper but Akers would do the rest of the damage.

Smith finished the day 5-of-7 for 69 yards and a touchdown and Colin Kaepernick continued to impress completing all four of his pass attempts for 80 yards. The 49ers would total 139 yards on the ground lead by Dixon's 58 yards on 13 carries.

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49ers Vs. Texans Final Score: Brandon Jacobs Injures Left Knee In 20-9 Loss To Houston

The San Francisco 49ers fell 20-9 in their second preseason game on Saturday night to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston. But the bigger loss might be running back Brandon Jacobs, who hurt his left knee.

After his first carry of the game for eight yards, Jacobs injured his knee and needed help getting off the field. He was unable to put any weight on his leg while on the sidelines. X-rays are negative for Jacobs; however, he will have an MRI on Sunday as a precaution. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the running back's injury and that he will miss time. According to Harbaugh, the injury is not considered to be season-ending.

Rookie running back LaMichael James also suffered an injury, twisting his left ankle in the fourth quarter. But the running back vowed not to miss any practice time.

The 49ers welcomed back once-retired wide receiver Randy Moss, who had three catches tonight for 24 yards.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub went 11-for-14 with 129 yards and one touchdown. Another player affected by injuries last season was star running back Arian Foster. Like his teammate Schaub, he looks to be back in form with 10 carries for 47 yards.

For more on this game, head over to Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area.


49ers Vs. Texans 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

It might just be a lousy, meaningless preseason game but this lousy, meaningless preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans is a very realistic potential Super Bowl matchup.

Both teams had breakout seasons last year, with the Niners earning a first round bye and the Texans securing their first playoff birth in the history of the franchise. And oddly enough, both teams did it with similar formulas: control the ball with a pounding run game then unleash an aggressive attacking defense on unsuspecting offenses.

For this go around though, don't expect to see a lot of star power. Houston my try to test San Francisco's line with a blitz or two but ultimately, they're not going to risk much with J.J. Watt still recovering from an elbow injury and Shaun Cody owning a back ailment of his own.

The Niners' will be without their star pass-rusher, Aldon Smith, as well. Smith will most likely miss the remainder of the preseason with a hip bruise as head coach Jim Harbaugh looks to play it safe with last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up.

Other than that, fans can expect to see their favorite players on the field for about one and a half quarters of action. Yipee!

Game Date/Time: Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 pm EDT

Location: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas

Where To Watch: NFL Preseason Live

Radio Schedule

Texans: 610 AM/100.3 FM/1010 AM

49ers: KGO/107.7 THE BONE

For more on the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation. For all your Texans updates, pay a visit to Battle Red Blog.


Perrish Cox Fights For Spot On Depth Chart

Even with the news that 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox will not be suspended by the NFL for his sexual assault case that occurred over 2010-2012, the second-year defender is still fighting an uphill battle to make San Francisco's final roster.

The most recent team depth chart had Cox as the third-string left corner behind Carlos Rogers and Tramaine Brock. While this may seem discouraging, Niners Nation is quick to point out that this list doesn't have a spot for the slot receiver coverage man when San Fran switches to their nickel formations. This is most likely where Cox will make his presence felt and luckily enough, it seems he's been able to catch the eye of the coaching staff so far.

There's no doubt Cox is talented enough to make the team. As a fifth-round rookie in 2010, Cox started nine games and showed some serious flashes of potential with 14 passes defended. Then again, there could be some rust with Cox sitting out all of the 2011-2012 season while battling his legal issues.

But as long as the former Oklahoma State Cowboy keeps his head down and learns a thing or two from Pro Bowler Carlos Rogers, he should have more than enough natural ability to find his niche in San Francisco.

For all your 49ers news, stay plugged into Niners Nation.


Rex Ryan Liked 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, Could He Still Be Interested?

Apparently Jets head coach Rex Ryan hasn't had his fill of Wildcat quarterbacks after publicly admitting his regret for not drafting 49ers' backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sunday, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

Despite having already having a full blown quarterback controversy on his hands with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, Ryan went out of his way to share with the NFL that the Jets had legitimate interest in drafting Kaepernick back in 2011.

"Again, some people think the Wildcat has come and gone. No, it hasn't. If anything, it's just the opposite. I saw the kid from San Francisco, Kaepernick," Ryan said, via comments distributed by the team. "He runs a 4.4 or something. I was really intrigued by him when he came out because I thought we were going to lose Brad. [The 49ers] drafted him before we could, but I was interested in him. He went for a 70-yard touchdown run the other day. You're seeing these guys and it's hard to defend some of that stuff. When you have the ability to throw, as well as run, it makes it tough."

With Ryan being the character he is, it's difficult to determine if this was the fourth year head coach's way of setting trade discussions in motion or if it was just a moment of borderline-tampering honesty. Regardless, San Francisco has to love the fact that Ryan was this public with his love of the 6-foot-4 quarterback. It certainly can't hurt his trade value if that's a route they decide to consider down the road.

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49ers Injury Update: Aldon Smith Unlikely To Play Another Preseason Down, Walker Rests With Knee Injury

While Aldon Smith's bruised hip injury wasn't nearly as severe as first estimated, the second year pass-rusher is still expected to miss the 49ers' final three preseason games, according to Matt Maiocco of

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has already ruled to keep Smith out of Saturday's game against the Houston Texans and it also seems "unlikely" that he'll play in the August 26 exhibition against the Denver Broncos. And with the final game of the preseason commonly being the one in which coaches tend to rest all if not most of their starters, it seems like San Francisco may just choose to play if safe with the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year runner up.

Tight end Delanie Walker was also bit by the injury bug Sunday afternoon, sustaining a right knee injury that forced him to spend most of practice riding the pine while he iced the ailment. Harbaugh suggested that Walker's injury wont keep him out for any sort of extended period of time and was confident again that the team had dodged "another bullet."

For more information on the 49ers and all your injury updates, head over to Niners Nation.

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