Bron­cos swing a trade for TE Davis

49ers will get sixth-round picks in 2016, ’17

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John El­way likes to talk about the long-term vi­sion, win­ning “not only now but from now on.”

Com­ing off a 500-yard per­for­mance and a shel­lack­ing of the Green Bay Pack­ers, the boss of the un­beaten Den­ver Bron­cos made a bold move that shows he’s all in for 2015.

Den­ver’s gen­eral man­ager sent a pair of late-round draft picks to the San Fran­cisco 49ers for two-time Pro Bowl tight end Ver­non Davis on Mon­day, the first big move on the eve of the league’s trad­ing dead­line.

El­way called the 31-yearold vet­eran “a big weapon for us,” one who’ll add ex­pe­ri­ence, speed and lead­er­ship to an of­fense that can use more big-play abil­ity.

Davis gives the Bron­cos (7-0) some fire­power over the mid­dle that Pey­ton Man­ning has been miss­ing since los­ing Julius Thomas and Ja­cob Tamme to free agency, and rookie Jeff Heuer­man to a knee in­jury just a week af­ter the draft.

The 10th-year pro has 55 ca­reer touch­down catches.

The 49ers will get six­thround picks in 2016 and 2017 and the Bron­cos also re­ceive a sev­enth-round pick in 2016. If Davis, who’s due about $2.3 mil­lion on the fi­nal year of his con­tract, can quickly adapt to Gary Ku­biak’s of­fense and fin­ish strong, the Bron­cos could also get a com­pen­satory draft pick if Davis leaves af­ter the sea­son and signs else­where.

Lock­ette has surgery: Seat­tle Sea­hawks wide re­ceiver Ri­cardo Lock­ette had surgery to sta­bi­lize lig­a­ments in his neck, a day af­ter be­ing taken off the field on a back­board just be­fore half­time of Seat­tle’s game at Dal­las.

Lock­ette un­der­went surgery at Bay­lor Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Dal­las. The Sea­hawks is­sued an up­date that the surgery was a suc­cess and that all neu­ro­log­i­cal signs were pos­i­tive. Lock­ette is ex­pected to stay in the hospi­tal in Dal­las for a few days re­cov­er­ing, but could be up and mov­ing around as soon as Tues­day.

Lock­ette will miss the rest of the sea­son and his longterm prog­no­sis is still to be de­ter­mined.

Bell’s sea­son is over: Steel- ers run­ning back Le’Veon Bell is done for the sea­son af­ter Pitts­burgh placed him on in­jured re­serve af­ter he hurt his right knee Sun­day against Cincin­nati.

Bell was in­jured in the sec­ond quar­ter when he was tack­led by Ben­gals line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict.

DeAn­gelo Wil­liams takes over as the fea­tured back.

Allen is ail­ing: San Diego Charg­ers coach Mike McCoy said wide re­ceiver Keenan Allen has a kid­ney in­jury and will be out in­def­i­nitely.

Allen was hurt mak­ing a spec­tac­u­lar touch­down catch just be­fore half­time of Sun­day’s 29-26 loss at Bal­ti­more.

At the time, the Charg­ers thought Allen had the wind knocked out of him.

49ers mull QB op­tions: Jim Tom­sula has al­ways said that Colin Kaeper­nick is his quar­ter­back and has made that com­mit­ment al­most weekly dur­ing San Fran­cisco’s strug­gles this sea­son. Not on Mon­day. The 49ers coach said ev­ery player is be­ing eval­u­ated af­ter his team lost, 27-6, at St. Louis and failed to score a touch­down for the sec­ond straight game and third in five, and he didn’t name his starter for a home game Sun­day against At­lanta.

Kaeper­nick’s sta­tus is sud­denly un­cer­tain head­ing into an­other week of re-eval­u­a­tion for a San Fran­cisco fran­chise search­ing for any pos­si­ble spark af­ter an­other dis­mal day on of­fense. The Nin­ers are 0-3 in the NFC West.

Blaine Gab­bert will get the nod if Kaeper­nick gets benched by Tom­sula. Gab­bert com­pleted 23 of 28 passes in the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son.

Smith done for sea­son: Bal­ti­more Ravens re­ceiver Steve Smith was lost for the sea­son when he suf­fered a tear of his right Achilles ten­don late in the third quar­ter against San Diego.

Smith made a nice grab in traf­fic, curled back and was tack­led by Charg­ers cor­ner­back Ja­son Ver­rett af­ter a 17yard gain. Ver­rett wrapped Smith up by the right foot, and the 36-year-old re­ceiver im­me­di­ately went face down to the turf, point­ing to his foot.

Smith had five catches for 82 yards at the time he was in­jured. He came into the game as Bal­ti­more’s lead­ing re­ceiver with 41 re­cep­tions for 588 yards and three touch­downs.

Torn ACL for Bush? Reg­gie Bush slipped on the con­crete slab that rings the Ed­ward Jones Dome on Sun­day and may be lost for the sea­son.

Two na­tional re­ports said the 49ers fear the vet­eran run­ning back tore his left ACL on the play, which oc­curred in the first quar­ter. Bush said that he didn’t want to spec­u­late and that he’d have images taken of the knee when he’s back in the Bay Area.

“I’m not a doc­tor; I’m not go­ing to try to be one to­mor­row,” he said. “We’ll find out (Mon­day).”

It’s the sec­ond straight week an op­po­nent has slipped in the Ed­wards Jones Dome. Cleve­land quar­ter­back Josh McCown had a sim­i­lar fall Oct. 25.

2 pro­test­ers rap­pel from bal­cony dur­ing game: Two pro­test­ers rap­pelled down from the up­per bal­cony to un­furl a ban­ner protest­ing Bank of Amer­ica dur­ing Mon­day night's game be­tween the In­di­anapo­lis Colts and the Car­olina Pan­thers.

The pro­test­ers dan­gled over fans in the lower bowl and in front of the press-box win­dows late in the third quar­ter, then dis­played a ban­ner telling the Char­lot­te­based financial in­sti­tu­tion to "dump Do­min­ion."

The ban­ner also in­cluded a web­site, which out­lined op­po­si­tion to Bank of Amer­ica's role in fi­nanc­ing a liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas ex­port fa­cil­ity by en­ergy com­pany Do­min­ion Resources in Cove Point, Md. Bank of Amer­ica owns the nam­ing rights to the Pan­thers' home sta­dium.

Those fans were still dan­gling by ropes with the sign well into the fourth quar­ter.

City lead­ers pon­der new plan for Raiders sta­dium: Oak­land city of­fi­cials are tak­ing yet an­other run at fi­nanc­ing a new sta­dium to keep the Oak­land Raiders in town.

As­sis­tant City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Clau­dia Cap­pio said Mon­day that the city has hired a sta­dium con­sul­tant to come up with new fi­nanc­ing op­tions that won't in­clude tax­payer money to build a $900 mil­lion sta­dium.

The Raiders say they need about $400 mil­lion in pub­lic money for a new sta­dium to re­place the di­lap­i­dated Oak­land Coli­seum. Lo­cal lead­ers are re­luc­tant to pitch in given that they are still pay­ing off debt from a 1995 re­model that brought the Raiders back from Los An­ge­les.

Cap­pio said a con­sul­tant is ex­pected to present a pro­posal pri­vately to the City Coun- cil and to the Alameda Board of Su­per­vi­sors, per­haps as soon as this week.

“We're try­ing to get some sense of com­mon ground,” she said.

Cap­pio said the city can com­mit money to up­grade in­fras­truc­ture, in­clud­ing storm drains and bet­ter light­ing, as the city would need to do that any­way for fu­ture use of the grounds.

Raiders owner Mark Davis made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance at an NFL-spon­sored town hall in Oak­land last week, say­ing he wanted the team to stay in Oak­land but needed lo­cal help to do so.

The Raiders are also work­ing on a joint deal with the divi­sion-ri­val San Diego Charg­ers to build a $1.7 bil­lion sta­dium in Car­son out­side of Los An­ge­les.

The team said it had no com­ment on Oak­land's lat­est ef­fort.

Ratliff made threats, po­lice say: Former Bears de­fen­sive line­man Jeremiah Ratliff threat­ened team staff and said he “felt like killing ev­ery­body in the build­ing” the day be­fore he was cut, ac­cord­ing to a sub­ur­ban Chicago po­lice re­port re­leased Fri­day.

Ratliff also said, “‘I am the devil” and he wished staff mem­bers’ chil­dren would die, the Lake For­est po­lice re­port dated Oct. 21 said. It said an of­fi­cer re­sponded when some­one at Halas Hall called po­lice that day to re­port that Ratliff was “very an­gry and ir­ra­tional.”

Ratliff was seen that day hav­ing an an­i­mated dis­cus­sion with gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace in the park­ing lot out­side of Halas Hall.

The Bears cut Ratliff on Oct. 22, the day af­ter the in­ci­dent. Coach John Fox was asked Fri­day how much of a threat he felt.

“As I com­mented early in the week, we were con­cerned for the build­ing and that’s why the po­lice were called,” Fox said.

Fox said there had been no pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents with Ratliff and that he didn’t know why the player was so up­set.

“You would have to ask him,” he said. “We don’t cut peo­ple be­cause they get in­jured. I think at some point we have to do what’s best for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Ratliff twice parked out­side Bears prop­erty and walked past se­cu­rity Oct. 21, the re­port said. The per­son who called po­lice to re­port Ratliff said there was “con­cern for the safety of staff on the prop­erty” due to Ratliff’s state­ments and said it was be­lieved that Ratliff “owns mul­ti­ple firearms.”

No charges were filed and Ratliff has not re­turned to Halas Hall.

Pierre-Paul speaks: Even as his hand was be­ing shred­ded by fire­works, Ja­son Pierre-Paul said he wasn’t fright­ened.

And he never doubted his re­turn to foot­ball.

“I wasn’t wor­ried at all,” the Gi­ants star de­fen­sive end said. “I wasn’t in shock or noth­ing. I looked at my hand, and my fi­ancée was go­ing crazy. But I kept calm.”

The July 4 fire­works ac­ci­dent cost him his right in­dex fin­ger. In his first com­ments since the mishap, Pierre-Paul left unan­swered many ques­tions, but he re­called his time in a Florida hospi­tal with a man­gled hand and burns cov­er­ing his arm.

He said he re­mained con­fi­dent even as doc­tors de­cided to am­pu­tate, leav­ing him with a large gap be­tween his mid­dle fin­ger and a thumb that re­mains swollen and bent in­ward from mul­ti­ple frac­tures and a par­tial am­pu­ta­tion.

“When I was in the hospi­tal, I saw a kid die,” Pierre-- Paul said. “I feel very for­tu­nate I’m alive.”

Pierre-Paul set no timetable for his re­turn.

Wake’s sea­son is over: Mi­ami Dol­phins de­fen­sive end Cameron Wake has a torn left Achilles ten­don that will end his sea­son.

The four-time Pro Bowl player was hurt on a pass rush late in the third quar­ter in a 36-7 loss at New England on Oct. 29.

Tex­ans part ways with QB Mal­lett: Quar­ter­back Ryan Mal­lett has been re­leased by the Hous­ton Tex­ans af­ter he missed the team’s char­ter flight to Florida.

The Tex­ans an­nounced the de­ci­sion last week and also of­fi­cially placed Arian Fos­ter on in­jured re­serve, a day af­ter coach Bill O’Brien said he would miss the rest of the sea­son with an Achilles ten­don in­jury.

Mal­lett said he missed the flight be­cause of traf­fic and he took a com­mer­cial flight to meet the team in Mi­ami, where the team was blown out, 44-26, and fell to 2-5.

Mal­lett was in his sec­ond sea­son in Hous­ton af­ter be­ing traded from New England in Au­gust 2014 af­ter spend­ing three sea­sons as Tom Brady’s backup. He also over­slept and missed a prac­tice in train­ing camp.

Mal­lett lost the start­ing job in train­ing camp but took over in the sea­son opener af­ter Brian Hoyer strug­gled. Mal­lett started the team’s next four games but led the Tex­ans to just one win as he threw two touch­down passes with four in­ter­cep­tions. He was benched in fa­vor of Hoyer in the mid­dle of his fourth start against In­di­anapo­lis on Oct. 8.

Af­ter he was re­moved from the game, tele­vi­sion shots showed him pout­ing on the side­line and frown­ing af­ter at least one score by the Tex­ans, be­hav­ior he was widely crit­i­cized for.

The Tex­ans will now have to find a backup to re­place him be­cause Hoyer is the only quar­ter­back re­main­ing on the ac­tive ros­ter with Tom Sav­age on in­jured re­serve. Zac Dy­sert is the only quar­ter­back on Hous­ton’s prac­tice squad.


49ers tight end Ver­non Davis has 55 ca­reer touch­down catches. The Bron­cos traded for the 10-year vet­eran, who is in the fi­nal year of his con­tract.


A pro­tester is low­ered from a cable at Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium dur­ing the Colts-Pan­thers game in Char­lotte, N.C. The protest was against Bank of Amer­ica’s in­volve­ment in a nat­u­ral gas fa­cil­ity.

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