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San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) throws during the second half of a preseason game Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard is off to a good start in his National Football League career.

Beathard threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the San Francisco 49ers to a 27-17 victory over Kansas City on Friday night.

The third-round draft choice hit Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, then found him for a tying 2-point conversion. The Chiefs promptly fumbled the ball back and Beathard added a short TD pass to Tyler McCloskey with 10:41 left to give the 49ers the lead for good.

"There's still so many things to learn from this tape," Beathard said. "There's things that I could improve on just by watching the film, and I'm excited to get back and watch it."

Beathard outplayed the two Chicago Bears cast-offs who are ahead of him on the depth chart.

Brian Hoyer failed to make new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan feel good about giving the longtime NFL journeyman the starting job early in training camp. He was 1 of 4 for 3 yards in two series.

Matt Barkley got the first shot after Hoyer and led San Francisco to two field goals, playing roughly two quarters. He was 10 of 17 for 168 yards without any major mistakes.

Wolfe is out: The Denver Broncos' battered defensive line took another huge hit Saturday when Derek Wolfe was carted off the field after injuring his right leg on the second snap of team drills.

There was no immediate word on the severity or exact nature of his injury.

A festive crowd enjoying the final day of public practices grew quiet as Wolfe lay on the field for several minutes, cheering him when he sat up and hopped onto the cart. Wolfe couldn't put any weight on his right leg as he was helped inside.

Wolfe's injury is the latest on the Broncos' defensive front, coming on the same day Billy Winn was placed on injured reserve after tearing his right ACL in Denver's preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday night.

Expensive change: Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey considered changing numbers last week, wanting to switch from 20 to 23.

Then he found out what it would cost.

Ramsey said Saturday he would have to buy every No. 20 jersey on the market before making the swap, which surely would have cost him six figures.

"I would have to pay a nice amount of money to get all those 20 jerseys out there," Ramsey said. "We'll see about next year."

Vikings shuffle backs: The Minnesota Vikings have waived running back Bishop Sankey with an injured designation after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the preseason opener.

The Vikings signed running back Bronson Hill to replace Sankey on Saturday.

Sankey, a second-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2014, joined Minnesota's practice squad late last season. He was hurt at the end of a 14-yard run at Buffalo on Thursday and left the stadium on crutches. Sankey can be placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers.

Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon were held out Thursday as a precaution, leaving the Vikings thin at the position.

McMillan sidelined: Promising Miami Dolphins rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan will miss the entire season with a torn ACL in his right knee, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

The person confirmed the diagnosis to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not disclosed the severity of the injury. McMillan was the front-runner to win the starting job at middle linebacker until he was hurt covering a punt early in Thursday's exhibition opener against Atlanta.

McMillan was taken in the second round with the 54th overall pick in the April draft after making 275 tackles in three seasons at Ohio State.


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