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NFL Notes: 49ers, Patriots, Texans

49ers

On Sunday, a report surfaced that the 49ers could turn to Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback in Week 12 (NFLTR). However, 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan told reporters that he isn’t planning to do so.

“That’s not my plan,” Shanahan said, via SFChronicle.com. “I don’t have a plan yet. There’s no way anything you guys hear reported could be accurate, because I just told you guys our plan.”

Patriots

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett was asked after Sunday night’s win over the Broncos how come he decided to play through his shoulder injury when he told the Packers he was going to undergo surgery.

“It’s not about ‘could you play,’ it’s ‘should you play,’” Bennett said, via NESN.com. “It’s one of those things. Right now, I’m just like, (expletive) it. When (Patriots head coach Bill Belichick) called me after they claimed me, first I told my agent to tell no teams to claim me because I was still trying to get the surgery or whatever.

“When Bill called and said they claimed me, I was like, ‘No (expletive) way.’ Then he was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And I told him and we had a quick conversation and I was just like, ‘Let me think about it and I’ll call you back.’

“Even then, it wasn’t like, ‘Hey, you want to come?’ It was like, ‘Let me just call you back in a few minutes. Give me a chance to think about it and regroup.’ Because I don’t even know if I went through the seven stages of grief yet. I’m probably on step 3. I think the group of guys on this team — with what I’m going through right now, this situation, it couldn’t be a better place for me, all the familiar faces and friends and things like that. It’s been good to have those guys around.’”

Bennett added that his thinking about playing through the injury really changed after the Packers cut him loose.

“It wasn’t where I was, it was just about the injury,” Bennett said. “It was like one of those things, I talked to six or seven doctors about it and it could go either way. It was like one of those things I felt I should get fixed. And then after trying to get it fixed and getting waived, you just get that vengeance in your heart. It’s just like, ‘All right, that’s how you’re going to do it, then (expletive) it. Let’s go ball.‘”

Texans

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Texans WR Will Fuller suffered cracked ribs during their loss to the Rams, but the damage is not considered extensive and he may only miss one game.

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