49ers' Raheem Mostert receives hateful messages after suffering injury, wife says

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UPDATE: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Mostert will be out for at least eight weeks after chipping cartilage in his knee. He will be placed on IR as a result of the injury. Sporting NewsRaheem Mostert injury update: 49ers running back exits vs. Lions with knee injury

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San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions

Social media users -- who likely play fantasy football -- decided to send hate messages to Moster and his wife, Devon.

"Sometimes I cannot deal with this fanbase," Devon wrote on her Twitter post.

"It's days like today where I truly contemplate never getting on social media again," she wrote. "As if today wasn't hard enough, to get on here and have dms about how my husband should kill himself, about how he should be cut, about how he's made of glass. I know I shouldn't care, but wow."

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Monday that Mostert will miss at least eight weeks with a knee cartilage injury. Last season, Mostert had 521 rushing yards with two rushing scores in eight games played.

However, In 2019, Mostert played all 16 games. He piled up 772 rushing yards with eight touchdowns. Mostert’s days as the team’s starter could be numbered after the emergence of rookie running backs Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon.

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Jared Goff had his moments in opener, but it won't be nearly enough for bad Detroit Lions

Detroit Free Press 14 September, 2021 - 07:50am

OLB Trey Flowers: Flowers has been the consummate team player since he came to Detroit, and his play Sunday embodied that. He finished with a modest four tackles and no sacks, but had the Lions’ key defensive play, coming from the far side of the field to knock loose a Deebo Samuel fumble late in the fourth quarter on what almost was a third-and-13 conversion that would have iced the game. The Lions need more pass rush out of Flowers and their entire defensive front, but his forced fumble was the hustle play of the game.

T.J. Hockenson:  Hockenson is going to have a big year — make that a huge year — if he stays healthy. Hockenson was the Lions’ only downfield receiving threat Sunday. He finished with eight catches for 97 yards and scored the Lions’ first touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Jared Goff, when he ran a beautiful route in the red zone. At this rate, and given how little the Lions have at receiver, Hockenson seems like a fair bet to be the team’s first 100-catch receiver since Calvin Johnson in 2012.

S Will Harris: It wasn’t just Okudah who struggled in the secondary. Harris and cornerback Amani Oruwariye, both of whom drew mention from general manager Brad Holmes for their strong preseasons, also had rough days. Oruwariye gave up the 49ers’ first touchdown to Trent Sherfield, and Harris had a facemask penalty and a handful of missed tackles, including one on Elijah Mitchell’s long touchdown run.

OT Matt Nelson: The Lions shuffled their offensive line after Taylor Decker suffered a finger injury in the middle week, moving right tackle Penei Sewell to left tackle and inserting Nelson in Sewell’s place. Sewell had a couple slip-ups but fared mostly well in his NFL debut. Nelson had a bit of a rougher day, allowing a sack to Dee Ford, multiple other pressures and drawing a holding penalty that was declined. In his defense, the converted defensive tackle was asked to pass block an unsustainable 57 times.

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After struggling to contain quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers' offense, it's back to the drawing board for Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant. 

Okudah's injury leaves Amani Oruwariye to shoulder the burden of covering opponents' top receivers. 

Detroit will likely turn to rookie Ifeatu Melifonwu and other young members of the roster to step in and compete for reps at the position. 

Detroit head coach Dan Campbell commented on Monday, “Look, he’s (Melifonwu) been working hard, and he quietly has really improved. He’s another guy from spring that has just quietly had a good spring and a good camp. There’s a good chance he’s the next guy up. But look, we’ve got two other young guys, too, in Bobby Price and (Jerry) Jacobs."

Campbell added, "We’re going to put the best combination out there and see where we go. But, listen, it’s next man up, and we said that from day one. It doesn’t matter who’s in there, all that matters is who’s in there does what they’re asked to do and does it the very best that they can do it.”

Detroit surprised some when the final 53-man roster was announced, since the team decided to keep three undrafted rookie free-agent cornerbacks in A.J. Parker, Bobby Price and Jerry Jacobs. 

Each will now have the opportunity to prove why the decision was made to keep them on the roster. 

"The guys that are still here are the guys that we like. The only way they’re going to get better is if they play," Campbell said. 

With the team being down a roster spot, it is expected that general manager Brad Holmes will also look to add a veteran defensive back to the roster, sooner rather than later.  

"We need to add someone just to help us on the overall roster, even from a practice standpoint," Campbell noted. "We’re looking into that, Brad's looking into it and that’s coming. That will probably be sooner than later. It’ll be somebody that’s going to help us, just overall depth for sure.”

If Detroit looks to its practice squad, it could decide to bring up veteran Nickell Robey-Coleman or Parnell Motley. 

Raheem Mostert's wife pleads with fans over 'thousands' of 'heartless' social media messages after knee injury

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Mostert left Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions after two carries and did not return. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday and is expected to miss eight weeks with chipped knee cartilage, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

According to his wife Devon Mostert, fans sent her "HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS" of direct messages on Sunday that included telling her that Raheem should "kill himself" and "be cut." She pleaded with fans to cease the "heartless" commentary in an Instagram post late Sunday.

"It's days like today where I truly contemplate never getting on social media again," Devon wrote. " As if today wasn't hard enough, to get on here and have dms about how my husband should kill himself, about how he should be cut, about how he's made of glass. I know I shouldn't care, but wow. Wow wow wow."

Mostert, 29, is in his seventh NFL season and his fifth with the 49ers. After a breakout 2019 campaign during San Francisco's NFC championship season, he missed eight games last season with an injury and is scheduled to miss more this season. He was widely drafted as a starting running back on fantasy football teams. 

Devon pleaded with followers to recognize the reality of Mostert's situation rather than their own concerns as fans. 

"The nasty things some of you just carelessly say is gut wrenching," Devon continued. "I don't think y'all get it. Football is my husband's job. It's how my family EATS. To read such HEARTLESS and degrading comments about the person I LOVE hurts. And I try to shake them off... I do."

Mostert is far from the first athlete to draw abusive outrage from fans on social media. American tennis player Sloane Stephens wrote earlier in September that she received more than 2,000 "messages of abuse/anger" from fans after her third-round loss at the US Open. Soccer players are regularly targeted with racist and hateful messaging on social media in addition to fan abuse from the stands.

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Lions top receiver Tyrell Williams in concussion protocol

The Detroit News 13 September, 2021 - 02:13pm

Williams was running a go route from the left slot in the third quarter when he took a helmet-to-helmet shot from 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt simultaneous to the arrival of the pass from quarterback Jared Goff.

Williams stayed down for a minute before exiting the field. Tartt was assessed a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver. 

"I would start with this, (the receivers) did an admirable job of fighting their ass off," Lions coach Dan Campbell said. "We were down to four (receivers) and those guys were kind of rotating, trying to help each other out. They got high in reps, which is why we train the way we train, and they fought through it."

Depth isn't an issue for the Lions. They entered Sunday with seven wideouts on the active roster prior to listing Tom Kennedy and KhaDarel Hodge, another recent addition, as inactive. 

Kalif Raymond, with just 22 career receptions since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016, led the Lions receivers with three grabs for 50 yards in the loss to San Francisco. 

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Williams retreated to the locker room, accompanied by trainers, following the play. He returned to the bench area a few minutes later, but never re-entered the game.

The Lions relied heavily on tight end T.J. Hockenson and running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams in the pass game Sunday, even before Tyrell Williams' injury.

Williams was the only wide receiver to catch a pass in the first half, and quarterback Jared Goff's 6.5 intended air yards per target ranked 23rd out of 30 qualifying quarterbacks through Sunday's games.

Hockenson, Swift and Jamaal Williams had eight catches each against the 49ers, while Raymond led all receivers with three catches for 50 yards.

"They did an admirable job of fighting their ass off because we really lost Tyrell there at the end of the game," Campbell said. "We were down to four and those guys were kind of rotating, trying to help each other out. So they got high in reps, which is why we train the way we train, and they fought through it.

With the season a week old, the Lions' depth already is being tested.

The Lions play the defending NFC North champion Green Bay Packers in a battle of 0-1 teams at Lambeau Field next Monday night.

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