Broncos swing a trade for TE Davis
49ers will get sixth-round picks in 2016, ’17
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.