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49ers notebook: Two-point trickery didn't fool defense

  • Corey Lemonier of the 49ers sacks Carson Palmer for a safety during the Niners 32-20 victory over Arizona at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Sunday Oct. 13, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013


You can't really replace an athletic freak like Aldon Smith, who has taken a leave of absence to get straight in alcohol rehab and has no timetable for returning to the 49ers. But Corey Lemonier, a rookie outside linebacker from Auburn, did more than hold his own against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Lemonier gave San Francisco an 8-7 lead when he charged in to sack Palmer for a safety in the second quarter. And he all but put away the game with six minutes left when he forced running back Alfonso Smith to fumble, and teammate NaVorro Bowman recovered for the 49ers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals


Lemonier said the safety was his first since high school. It came at the expense of Arizona left tackle Bradley Sowell, whom he had faced in college; Sowell played at Mississippi.

"He happened to give me the set I was looking for," Lemonier said. "And like (defensive line) coach (Jim) Tomsula tells me, 'Just run really fast. Use your hands.'<TH>"


It's a sight NFL players, coaches and fans will probably never get used to: a player, immobile, being loaded onto a stretcher.

It happened with a little over five minutes left Sunday, when Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell got caught up in traffic and wound up flat on the ground. Teammates and opponents gathered around, and Campbell was able to flash a thumbs-up sign before being carted off. It wasn't a great moment for the Candlestick Park crowd, which inexplicably began a wave while Campbell was down — before it was hushed by Alex Boone, Frank Gore and a few other 49ers.

Campbell was transported to a Bay Area hospital, and was expected to be sore but ultimately fine.

"(Campbell) left the field with movement, and the feeling was coming back in from extreme numbness," Arians said. " .<TH>.<TH>. Our prayers are with him."

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