The Jaguars might just be the NFL team that could most urgently use some help at quarterback, and their owner wouldn’t stand in the way of adding Colin Kaepernick to the mix.
The Raiders coach didn’t discuss the incident too much, but did say Smith was “defending his sister,” making the alleged assault seem understandable.
“I think we’ll let him battle legally what issues he has,” Del Rio said, via sfgate.com. “I don’t really have anything to add to it. I mean, I think you heard the story. He was defending his sister. Obviously, things occurred that were taken issue with, so he’s having to defend himself right now.”
Del Rio did allow Smith to play in the Raiders’ second preseason game one day after his arrest on Aug. 18, which also shows the Raiders likely won’t punish Smith (if he is punished at all) until his arraignment on Sept. 29.
Smith’s lawyer said the 30-year-old plans on pleading not guilty after he was charged with felony assault and battery with serious bodily injury for the July 4 incident.
The Patriots made a big investment in Gilmore perhaps after seeing how poorly their secondary looked in most of the Super Bowl last season. Gilmore got by far the strongest contract among free agent cornerbacks and the largest signing bonus among all active cornerbacks in the NFL. Nobody will deny that Gilmore is a talented player, but he will need to up his level of play to justify this contract.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t appreciate criticism leveled at him following his team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. The third-year quarterback responded to ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, who called him a “remedial” passer that struggles when teams take away his first read.
Dilfer’s core criticism stemmed from a perceived lack of development, which he elaborated to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.
The 49ers’ tight end depth was tested on Sunday with Vernon Davis leaving the game with a concussion and backup Garrett Celek exciting with a hamstring injury. Neither player returned to the game. The 49ers’ offense has struggled mightily without Davis, so his health will be something to watch moving forward.
Davis wasn’t the only 49er to leave with a concussion, with rookie safety Eric Reid also suffering a concussion. This is the second concussion Reid has suffered this season and the safety is likely to miss Sunday’s game against New Orleans.
The Falcons dropped to 2-7 on the season with a loss to Seattle and Atlanta continues to deal with injury issues. Tight end Tony Gonzalez suffered a toe injury against Seattle. Gonzalez returned to the game and played through the injury, but said he would have to wait and see how it responds during the week, according to Vaughn McClure. Gonzalez has not missed a game since 2006.
Sam Baker missed Sunday’s game and head coach Mike Smith said he is concerned about the left tackle’s knee injury because it has lingered all season. There is a chance Baker will be placed on injured reserve. Atlanta will get some good news, with the return of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is expected to be activated from injured reserve early this week.