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CARSON , Calif. (AP) — Although C.J. Beathard knew he should slide, the San Francisco 49ers desperately needed a first down in the fourth quarter of a two-point game.So Beathard kept running toward Casey Hayward, and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Pro Bowl cornerback knocked the wind clean out of the quarterback with a devastating shoulder hit.“Especially in a situation like that, on third down when you’re inches away from converting, it could change the game if we get that first,” Beathard said. “If I could do it again, I’d do the same thing.”Beathard didn’t get that first down. After he caught his breath, the Niners still dropped to 1-3 with a 29-27 loss Sunday.But after the first game of Beathard’s second stint as San Francisco’s accidental starting quarterback, his teammates and coaches were enthusiastically confident in his ability to fill in splendidly for Jimmy Garoppolo this season.“He gave us a chance to win today,” Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He played very tough and made some big plays, especially in situations with guys going in and out. He handled adversity well, and a little chaos with some of the injuries.”Beathard went 23 of 37 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Chargers, capably connecting on a series of big throws — none bigger than an 82-yard touchdown pass to tight end George Kittle late in the third quarter.He also showcased the resilience and toughness of a third-round draft pick trying to seize the chance he’s been given by Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury .“C.J. has got more grit than anybody that I know,” said Kittle, Beathard’s college teammate at Iowa. “He’s got a severe dad bod. He can run longer than anybody I’ve ever known, which is kind of crazy, and he can take any hit. So it’s pretty cool. Don’t know how he does it.”The 49ers lost both of Beathard’s starting offensive tackles to injuries at StubHub Center. Joe Staley didn’t return, while Mike McGlinchey came back in less-than-ideal shape. The Chargers were credited with eight quarterback hits and one sack of Beathard Josh Allen Jersey , along with plenty of regular pressure, particularly in the second half.Beathard took it all and came back for more.“Ain’t no room for being sweet, (and) there ain’t nothing sweet about C.J.,” 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said. “So that’s why we have faith and we believe in C.J. It was really not surprising, but it was surprising because I could see it in his eyes every time he came on the sideline, like, ‘Defense, let’s go. We’ve got your back. We ride with y’all.’ Just him saying that means a lot to me and the defense, because you know where his head is at.”Beathard dropped to 1-5 as an NFL starter with this loss, but his teammates loved his moxie. Hayward’s big hit sent Beathard to the sideline — once he could stand up again — but he returned for the 49ers’ final two offensive series.“I knew I was OK,” Beathard said dismissively. “I just couldn’t breathe. I got my air knocked out pretty bad, and I was able to come back eventually. I felt fine.”If Beathard had actually got that first down, the 49ers would have had to give the next snap to Nick Mullens, who was promoted last week from the practice squad. Shanahan said the Niners will look at signing another backup quarterback this week.Los Angeles essentially ended the game by forcing Beathard’s second interception with 2:31 to play.Derwin James’ blitz sent the ball out of Beathard’s hands, and it hit center Weston Richburg before the Bolts’ Isaac Rochell grabbed it for an interception.Shanahan said he wished Beathard “would have saw that and got rid of it,” but Beathard said he was trying to get the ball away before the Chargers’ disruptive rookie safety got to him. It was another failed gamble, but the 49ers will accept it if Beathard continues to grow from these painful experiences.“He is going to be a great quarterback in this league,” Niners running back Matt Breida said. “He is a tough competitor , as you can see. He’ll take the ball and run with it, take big hits, and get up and get back in the game. It’s going to be hard to get C.J. out of the game.” Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is enjoying the spoils of his phenomenal rookie season even though the cast on his right wrist will keep him out of the Pro Bowl this weekend.Lindsay is serving as a social media correspondent for the NFL at the league’s annual all-star game in Orlando, Florida.At first, it appeared that hard luck would continue into the new year for the former University of Colorado star who was excluded from the combine, snubbed in the draft and injured in Week 16.The first undrafted rookie ever to earn a Pro Bowl selection, Lindsay really wanted to attend the Pro Bowl but because his injury would sideline him, the league couldn’t foot the bill and NFL rules also prevented the Broncos from picking up the tab.So, the NFL and the Broncos worked out a deal for the league to pick up Lindsay’s travel expenses in exchange for him posting videos and photos from the Pro Bowl on its social media pages.“They have a lot of different events for me to do, so there’s a lot of cool, unique things that are going to happen with me throughout the time in Florida, so stay tuned,” Lindsay said while attending the Panini Rookie Appreciation event in Los Angeles last week.That was another of the benefits Lindsay has enjoyed after proving the league’s talent evaluators and all 32 teams wrong for bypassing him last April.“It’s a surreal feeling to see yourself on a card,” Lindsay said after signing his autograph on thousands of them.Providing the Broncos with a rough-and-tumble identity and the league with one of its best feel-good stories of the season, Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 after spending the first half of the season as a backup to Royce Freeman, a third-round draft pick out of Oregon.Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive player to earn a Pro Bowl selection and only the third undrafted running back to top 1,000 yards before his right wrist injury at Oakland on Christmas Eve left him 67 yards shy of the rookie rushing record set by Dominic Rhodes of the Indianapolis Colts in 2001.More importantly Josh Oliver Jersey , it threatened to keep him from going to the Pro Bowl.Now, the league is paying for his travels and he gets to hang out with his fellow stars, including teammate Chris Harris Jr., another player who was unwanted but undaunted after going undrafted.“And on top of that, I get to experience it and have fun with Von Miller,” Lindsay said. “One day he’ll be a Hall of Famer. It’s a special moment for me and a special moment for my family.”While at the Panini America gathering with fellow star rookies, Lindsay said he ran into several NFL prospects as they prepared for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.“Some of them have stopped me and asked about” making it in the NFL, Lindsay said. “The advice I give is different for different people but obviously this goes out for everybody is you’ve got to go out there and earn it. It comes down to heart.”While Lindsay was excited about his side gig, he wants to return to the Pro Bowl as a participant.He said his recovery is going well and that none of the tiny bones in his wrist were cracked, as first feared.“It looked bad. It looked like it should have been ligaments and bones. But it was just ligaments. So, they put them back together, reconstructed it and now it’s all about healing,” Lindsay said. “I have a cast on it, so nothing really hinders me from doing anything. I can run, I can work out. I just can’t use my right arm right now.“I don’t like giving timelines because everybody’s body’s different. But I’m working hard, and my goal is to be ready by the first day of camp.”

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