49ers waive ex-'Dogs receiver as Manningham nears return

October 30, 2013 

The San Francisco 49ers waived former Fresno State receiver Marlon Moore on Wednesday in a move that clears a roster spot for the expected return of starter Mario Manningham.

Moore signed with the 49ers during the offseason. He appeared in six regular-season games and caught one pass.

Manningham still is on the physically unable to perform list. The 49ers have until next Wednesday to decide whether to activate Manningham to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

All indications are that Manningham will be activated and ready to play against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 10.

He last played in a game Dec. 23, when he sustained a knee injury against Seattle that ended his season with 42 receptions for 449 yards.

Also, receiver Michael Crabtree is expected back soon. He is recovering from a torn Achilles during offseason workouts.

S.F. Chronicle decides use of Redskins isn't for paper

The San Francisco Chronicle has joined a growing list of publications that will no longer use the term "Redskins" when referring to Washington's NFL team.

Managing Editor Audrey Cooper said the newspaper's style committee decided to eliminate the term because of a long-standing policy against racial slurs.

"Not everyone has to be personally offended by a word to make it a slur," Cooper said in a statement titled "A name unfit for print."

"Make no mistake," she said, " 'redskin' is a patently racist term."

The newspaper's committee decided that though other team names, such as Chiefs and Warriors, refer to Native Americans, they are not offensive in and of themselves.

The Chronicle joins other publications that have made the same decision over the years, including the Kansas City Star, Slate.com and the Oregonian in Portland, which dropped the term two decades ago.

Characterizing their meeting with the NFL as disappointing, representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week in ongoing attempts to have the Redskins name dropped.

Burris, Watson practice as Raiders prep for Eagles

Oakland linebacker Miles Burris practiced for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in January, and second-round draft pick Menelik Watson joined him on the field after missing nearly a month.

Slowly but surely, the line in the Raiders' training room is thinning out.

The timing is right, too.

Coach Dennis Allen's team is in the midst of a five-week stretch playing against opponents with sub-.500 records. The Raiders (3-4) have won two of their past three and can get back to .500 by beating Philadelphia (3-5) on Sunday.

Getting Watson back gives Oakland much-needed depth on its depleted offensive line.

Nick Foles (concussion) will be back at quarterback for the Eagles when they play the Raiders as Michael Vick recovers from a hamstring injury.

Bengals lose safety ahead of tonight's game at Miami

The Bengals put safety Taylor Mays on injured reserve with a dislocated right shoulder, ending his season a day before Cincinnati (6-2) plays at Miami (3-4).

That leaves the banged-up Bengals defense even more shorthanded for tonight's game.

As for the Dolphins, right tackle Jonathan Martin is doubtful because of illness.

Also …

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis missed practice because of sore ribs and is "50-50" to play Sunday against unbeaten Kansas City. Rookie Jeff Tuel, a former Clovis West High standout, and free-agent addition Matt Flynn split the first-team reps. Starting quarterback EJ Manuel remains out for the next game with a knee injury.

Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo, N.D. Sandusky, 36, received a suspended sentence Tuesday and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation.

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