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49ers' Justin Smith questionable vs. Seahawks

49ers' Justin Smith questionable vs. Seahawks

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 21, 2012
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois has been preparing all week to start in place of All-Pro Justin Smith on the NFL's second-ranked defense.
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  • Jousting For January

    Jousting For January

    CNNSI.com Dec 21, 2012
    Andy Dalton and the Bengals can punch their playoff ticket with a win over the Steelers. Peter King also discusses Giants-Ravens and one of the games of the year -- 49ers at Seahawks.
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  • Looking like status quo for CB Sherman

    Looking like status quo for CB Sherman

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    It's looking like nothing has changed regarding Richard Sherman's availability to the Seattle Seahawks for their Week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman, facing a potential four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, travel…
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  • NFC West penalty watch: Goldson's fine

    NFC West penalty watch: Goldson's fine

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Objections to NFL fines for unnecessary roughness fall into a couple categories. Some objections pertain to the rules themselves. Others pertain to rules interpretations. The first category should cover objections to the $21,000 fine levied against San …
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  • 49ers’ David Akers quits Twitter after death threat

    49ers’ David Akers quits Twitter after death threat

    yahoo.com Dec 21, 2012
    The grand promise of social media is its immediate, unfettered access between athletes and fans. The grand problem of social media is also its immediate, unfettered access between athletes and fans. In other words: The idiots are ruining Twitter too. Fo…
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  • Final Word: NFC West

    Final Word: NFC West

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 16: Mandatory viewing, optional running. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will be showcasing throw-first quarterbacks with the ability to beat defenses with their legs as well. The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick…
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  • Sando's best guesses: Week 16 predictions

    Sando's best guesses: Week 16 predictions

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers are the only current division leader without a three-game winning streak during the 2012 season. They can change that in Week 16 with a victory in Seattle, where the 49ers put together a comeback to claim a 19-17 victory last Chr…
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  • Scoring changes affect Brady, Kaepernick

    Scoring changes affect Brady, Kaepernick

    ESPN.com Dec 21, 2012
    The Total QBR scores for Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick have changed slightly after the NFL made changes to the official play-by-play account from the San Francisco-New England game Sunday night. The first change involved the interception return for 49e…
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  • Video - NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 16 05:11

    NFL Kickoff OT: Key Games For Week 16

    Dec 21
    NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the big games for Week 16.
  • Video - Who has the edge: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick or Seattle Seahawks D? 02:14

    Who has the edge: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick or Seattle Seahawks D?

    Dec 21
    Does San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick or the high-flying Seattle Seahawks defense have the edge? Willie McGinest discusses this anticipated matchup.
  • Video - 'Playbook': San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks 04:32

    'Playbook': San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Dec 21
    The "Playbook" gang discusses this matchup between two of the best defenses in the league and also explains why the San Francisco 49ers' offense has become so dangerous.
  • Video - Dashon Goldson Fined $21,000 02:29

    Dashon Goldson Fined $21,000

    Dec 21
    NFC West blogger Mike Sando discusses the fine levied against San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson for an illegal hit against Aaron Hernandez.

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