How will you be received by 49ers fans?
"I haven't thought about it, and I guess (I have) no idea," Smith said. "I guess we'll find out."
"I can’t wait to see him. Me and Alex came in together, and I’m so happy for him," said running back Frank Gore, a staunch supporter of Smith over the years. "He’s doing a great job. We’ve got to go out there and try to get a win. But I’m happy for Alex and I love him, man."
Amid a mistake or misunderstanding that may or may not have reflected bias, Abdullah extended the benefit of the doubt and set an example of tolerance anyone could follow no matter what your religion.
I asked Smith about this after the Monday night game against New England. To his credit, he didn’t give that "it’s just another game" answer. He said he wasn’t going to be in denial about it but would try to embrace everything about returning to the Bay Area to play against the 49ers. I expect him to play well. He’s on a roll right now with three excellent games following a rotten season opener against Tennessee.
The NFL publicly criticized officials for flagging Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah after he knelt in prayer following a touchdown on Monday night. The NFL Referees Association responded Thursday with a news release explaining the penalty was graded as correct by the league.
Burkholder said Avery is traveling to Philadelphia to have the injury repaired Friday by Dr. Bill Myers and will miss Sunday's game. He didn't give any further timeline on the injury, but Dr. David J. Chao, an NFL team physician for 17 years, said that Avery could be out for a minimum of four weeks, depending on the severity.
Twelve of the 13 so-called ESPN experts that predict the outcome of games each week have the 49ers beating the Chiefs.
Little production from wide receivers. This isn't surprising considering the Chiefs didn't get much from their wide receivers last year. But this year's numbers are even lower. The Chiefs are 30th in wide receiver catches (34), 32nd in yards (386) and they are the only NFL team without a touchdown catch from a wide receiver.
This Sunday, they will face their most athletic adversary yet. "You’ve got a dynamic player at quarterback," Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said of the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick. "[He] can make any throw happen that can be made in the NFL from almost any body position, has great speed and ability to extend a play."
Q: You used Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles a lot together last game, is that the game plan moving forward?
PEDERSON: "Jamaal was coming off some injuries and you have to be careful in that situation. Knile was coming off a big game the week before and you want to keep him hot also. Really the bottom line is you want to keep all your guys fresh going into the second half of the game, particularly the fourth quarter. When we can we are going to continue to substitute and roll players in offensively and keep our guys fresh for the second half of the game."
We asked Chiefs running back Knile Davis five questions. Then we asked his teammate, running back Joe McKnight, to guess Davis' answers.