Harbaugh doesn’t bite on Sherman’s rant

January, 21, 2014
Jan 21
10:30
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jim Harbaugh took the high road on the subject Richard Sherman on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Sherman took attention off the Seattle Seahawks' thrilling 23-17 victory over Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game when Sherman verbally attacked 49ers standout receiver Michael Crabtree, calling him “sorry” and "mediocre” right after the game.

Sherman saved the win for the Seahawks when he deflected an 18-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick that was intended for Crabtree in the end zone with 22 seconds left. It was intercepted by Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, sealing the game.

Harbaugh -- who coached Sherman at Stanford -- was asked about the situation Tuesday in his season-ending news conference. He didn’t have much to say.

“I did not see the interviews,” Harbaugh said. “I did not sit down and watch the interviews from the game. And whatever did take place, let those be judged how they’re judged.”

In other 49ers news:
  • The 49ers signed six of their eight practice squad players to contracts for the 2014 season. They are tackles Carter Bykowski and Al Netter, receivers Devon Wylie and Chuck Jacobs, defensive tackle Mike Purcell and defensive back Dax Swanson. The unsigned practice squad players are quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and running back Jewel Hampton.
  • Harbaugh said he expects defensive lineman Tank Carradine, a second-round pick last year, and fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore to contribute to the team in 2014. Both players were recovering from torn ACLs in 2013.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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