In wake of new research, brain expert says he doesn’t think children should play tackle football

A study released Tuesday suggests that children exposed to tackle football before age 12 are at greater risk for incurring later-life brain issues than those who started playing after that — prompting one of the lead authors to say in an interview he now doesn’t “think there should be youth tackle football.”

San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde has been impressive in each of the team’s first two games and he will be a focal point against the Rams. Hyde is fourth in the league in rushing with 169 yards. What is more impressive is the fact he is averaging 7.0 yards a carry. The only issue with the 49ers’ ground game is the lack of touchdowns by Hyde. He enters the Thursday night game with no rushing scores.

“I’ve been pleased with Carlos in both games,” Shanahan said Monday after having a chance to look at the game film. “He came to compete (Sunday), and it showed.”

The Rams’ defense was poor against the Redskins in Week 2 and will need to shore up its tackling while matching up against an improving offensive line. San Francisco guard Laken Tomlinson, who spent the preseason with the Lions but was acquired in a trade, started in Week 2 and made a noticeable impact on the interior run game. This week he will be facing one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL, Aaron Donald. Donald did not play in Week 1 after a training camp holdout and looked sluggish in Week 2 against the Redskins. He finished with just one tackle and an assist.
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