Jaguars claim LB James Onwualu off waivers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed third-year LB James Onwualu off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced today.

Onwualu, 6-1, 232, originally signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as a rookie free agent in 2017 and appeared in nine games, posting six special teams tackles during his rookie year. In 2018, he played in five games with the 49ers and registered two special teams tackles and one forced fumble.

The Saint Paul, Minn. native attended Notre Dame and began his college career as a wide receiver before switching to linebacker during his sophomore season. As a senior in 2016, he registered 75 tackles, three sacks and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss.


Redskins’ Reuben Foster fined two game checks by NFL

The NFL has fined Redskins LB Reuben Foster two game checks after his altercation with girlfriend back in November.  After the incident, Foster was released by the 49ers. Foster would be later claimed off waivers by the Redskins.

Here is a statement from the NFL:

Today, the NFL notified Reuben Foster of the Washington Redskins that he will be fined two game checks following a review of recent incidents and an assessment of his adherence to obligations arising from previous violations of league policies

Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities.

Foster has acknowledged that he is responsible for his actions, and he has committed to a comprehensive accountabilIty plan developed by the league, the NFLPA, and the Washington Redskins to help him grow personally and avoid future misconduct. Foster was advised that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline.

Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities.

Foster has acknowledged that he is responsible for his actions, and he has committed to a comprehensive accountabilIty plan developed by the league, the NFLPA, and the Washington Redskins to help him grow personally and avoid future misconduct. Foster was advised that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline.

Seahawk players reenact ‘The Swat Heard Around the World'(VIDEO)

49ers CB Richard Sherman came back to Seattle on Sunday. While Sherman and the 49ers were routed by the Seahawks 43-16, his former teammates showed Sherman some love.

Let’s rewind to the 2013 NFC title game between the 49ers and Seahawks. With the 49ers trailing 23-17 and driving late in the 4th quarter, San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw a pass intended for Michael Crabtree that was tipped by Sherman and intercepted by Malcolm Smith to the send the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in a play that would later be called: “The Swat Heard Around the World.”

Today, after a Jaron Brown TD, the Seahawks reenacted that famous play:

That is pretty cool!!

Anquan Boldin on returning to NFL: ‘If I wanted to, I know I could'(VIDEO)

When Anquan Boldin retired from the NFL last August, two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills, the goal for Boldin was to do more work in his community.

Recently, the Bills released Boldin from the retired list. Now, if Boldin decides to play again, he can sign with any team he chooses.

Boldin, 37, believes he can still play in the NFL.

“If I wanted to, I know I could,” Boldin said about returning to the NFL.

We caught up with Boldin at Torrey Smith’s Family Fund Charity Basketball game in Baltimore.

He discussed a wide range of things, including what he is up to now, his thoughts on Michael Crabtree to the Ravens, and what happened after the Super Bowl 47 with him and the Ravens.

Take a listen:


Jeff Garcia on TO: ‘Put him in the Hall of Fame’

Former NFL WR Terrell Owens is again a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced on February 3.

Ex-NFL QB Jeff Garcia, who played and clashed with Owens in San Francisco, believes that Owens belongs in Canton:

“He should absolutely make the Hall of Fame. It is just a matter of time,” Garcia told TMZ Sports. “Whether it happens this year or next it is just a matter of time-based upon statistics; what the guy has accomplished throughout his career.  How much of a difference maker he was on the field, a competitor. All the things that you want out of a football player he brought to the field on a daily basis. Not just on game days, on practice days, in the weight room. Whatever it took to make himself better he was always trying to do that, and always trying to be the best he could be. He made it happen on the field.”

Based on the numbers(1,078 receptions, 15,935 yards, and 153 touchdowns), Garcia believes there is no way Owens can be denied:

“With what he was able to accomplish statistically, being a top 5, top 2 guy in many categories. Stop beating around it; the guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Put him in the Hall of Fame.”

We all know why Owens is not in the Hall of Fame right now. He did not always get along with his quarterbacks and has been accused by many of being a “cancer” in the locker room. But no matter how you feel about Owens, personally, he should be in the Hall of Fame!

Numbers never lie!

NFL makes changes to the Concussion Protocol after Tom Savage injury

Here is a statement from the NFL:

The NFL and NFLPA have completed their joint review of the application of the Concussion Protocol involving Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage during Houston’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on December 10. As de​tailed below, the parties have both concluded that while the medical staff followed the Protocol, the outcome was unacceptable and therefore further improvements in the Protocol are necessary.

The review showed that following a hard tackle, Mr. Savage was immediately removed from the game and evaluated for a concussion.  The Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant (“UNC”) and team physician reviewed the initial broadcast video, saw the play and Mr. Savage’s response and followed the Protocol by performing a complete sideline concussion evaluation on Mr. Savage, which he passed.  The slow-motion video, which focused more directly on the fencing posture, was not broadcast until after the doctors had begun the sideline evaluation and thus was not seen by the medical staff prior to the evaluation. The Texans medical staff continued to monitor Mr. Savage after the initial evaluation and shortly after his return to the game, identified symptoms that had not been present during the sideline evaluation and took him to the locker room for further evaluation.

The NFL and NFLPA recognize that Mr. Savage’s return to the game did not reflect the expected outcome of the Protocol. As such, the parties have agreed that no discipline will be assessed, but have already implemented several improvements to the Protocol to prevent such an unacceptable outcome in the future. Working in conjunction with the NFL’s independent Head, Neck and Spine Committee, these improvements include:

  • Implemented a pilot program utilizing a centralized UNC based at the league office to monitor the broadcast feeds of all games. The UNC will contact the team medical staff on the sideline should they observe any signs or symptoms warranting further evaluation.

  • Defined impact seizure and fencing responses as independent signs of potential loss of consciousness, representing “No-Go” criteria under the current Protocol. Players who display either of these signs at any time shall be removed from play and may not return to the game.

  • Require a locker room concussion evaluation for all players demonstrating gross or sustained vertical instability (e.g., stumbling or falling to the ground when trying to stand).

  • Officials, teammates, and coaching staffs have been instructed to take an injured player directly to a member of the medical team for appropriate evaluation, including a concussion assessment, if warranted.

  • Require all players who undergo any concussion evaluation on game day to have a follow-up evaluation conducted the following day by a member of the medical staff.

  • Added a third UNC to all playoff games and the Super Bowl to serve as a backup who can step in immediately should one of the original two UNCs be absent from the sideline for a time to attend to a more severely injured player.

In addition to implementing these changes to the Concussion Protocol, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer and NFLPA’s Medical Director have hosted conference calls with every Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant, Booth ATC Spotter and relevant team medical staff members to review the changes to the Protocol and the signs and symptoms of concussion. The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, NFL and NFLPA will conduct a comprehensive off-season review of all aspects of the protocol with an emphasis toward continued improvement in detection and diagnosis.

Report: Colin Kaepernick interested in playing for Ravens

On Thursday, after it was announced that Ravens QB Joe Flacco would miss some time with a back injury, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens had some interest in free agent QB Colin Kaepernick. However, on Friday,  the team signed arena league QB David Olson.  At this point, it seems Kaepernick to the Ravens will not happen.

According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Kaepernick is interested in joining the Ravens. Kaepernick, who was coached by John Harbaugh’s brother Jim in San Francisco, has a relationship with John Harbaugh.  The two have spoken this offseason, according to John Harbaugh.

In addition, Flacco seems okay with it:

“I would like to see Colin get back in [the NFL], and at some point, maybe get another shot [to be a starter]. I wouldn’t like that to be here. I do not want him to get another shot [to be a starter] here, but yes, he can come here and have some fun. I think it would be a good spot for him,” Flacco said at a press conference on Friday.

Maybe this could happen. The Ravens current backup QB Ryan Mallett reportedly had an awful day at practice on Friday, so Baltimore might need an upgrade.

We’ll see…..


Former NBA star Craig Hodges believes Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed”

Former NBA player Craig Hodges knows what it’s like to speak out on social issues, and knows the impact that it could have on a career. Hodges, who wrote a letter to then president George H. Bush about the plight of African-Americans back in 1992 during a visit to the White House to celebrate the Bulls winning a NBA title, was cut from the Bulls shortly thereafter. Hodges would never play in the NBA again. At the time, Hodges was still a productive player. While he was not a star, he was a guy who could play.

He was a three-point sniper, who won three consecutive 3-point shooting contests from 1990-92. Sadly, Hodges knows all too well about what free agent QB Colin Kaepernick might be experiencing.

Kaepernick is having a hard time finding a job in the NFL. The reason could be sitting during the national anthem last season, and standing up against the oppression of minorities in America. Hodges applauds everything Kaepernick is doing in the community and his message. “When I look a Colin Kaepernick doing what he is doing on his own, that’s cool because now you have the safety net. Not just the safety net of social media, but you have social media that can tell people about the struggle that you’re going about,” Hodges told Paul Gant.


Unfortunately for Kaepernick, Hodges believes the 29-year-old QB is being blackballed. “No doubt, man. You see it happening already. In that’s the whole thing that silence is violence, silence s acquiescing. So, as it continues in my guestimation, they’ll continue to try to downplay the fact that nobody is picking him up, and the closer it gets to the season nobody will pick him up,” Hodges said.  “Pretty soon they’ll be a star on the horizon who has the media’s attention and pretty soon it will be ‘man, what happened to Colin Kaepernick.’ Then, at that point in time, you’re out of the league.”

Hodges is concerned that if Kaepernick were to miss a year in the NFL that his career could be over. “That’s the problem I faced, but I think basketball is easier to be out a year or two and still come back and play,” explained Hodges.

It would be sad to see Kaepernick’s career end this way. Many quarterbacks have been signed, but many of those quarterbacks do not have the talent or the ability of Kaepernick. Sadly, we might have seen the end of Kaepernick in the NFL.

Make sure to get Craig Hodges’ new book “Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter.”




Eagles WR Torrey Smith on Colin Kaepernick: ’96(QBs) aren’t better than him’

Free agent QB Colin Kaepernick is still without a job, and one of his former teammates thinks it’s crazy. Former 49er and now Eagles WR Torrey Smith went to Twitter to defend his former teammate.

Take a look:



Redskins’ Vernon Davis on Kaepernick: ‘He’s the type of guy you want on your team’

Former 49er and Redskins TE Vernon Davis gave his support for Colin Kaepernick. Davis told TMZ Sports his thoughts on Kaepernick, and what he can bring to a team:

“Great teammate, never really had any problem out of him. I know he’s an extremely hard worker. He’ll outwork anyone, any day; that’s what I always loved about him. Always come to work. He gives a 110 percent; all day, everyday, hands down. But yeah, he’s a great guy.” 

Davis, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco, still believes Kaepernick can play:

“He’s fast, he can throw, he does it all. He’s one of those guys you want on your team.”