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Ellerbe (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Ramon Humber and Hau'oli Kikaha will likely flank Stephone Anthony, who is easily the team's strongest IDP option at linebacker. Kikaha does have four sacks and three forced fumbles, but he's averaging just over four tackles per game. Once healthy, Ellerbe could perhaps re-enter the IDP conversation, though it seems more likely he'll have a part-time role.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.
With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.
Humber (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Humber used the bye week to get healthy, and while he may draw the start at weak-side linebacker, he's unlikely to have an every-down role. Stephone Anthony is the preferred IDP choice among New Orleans linebackers.
Snead did not have a catch in Sunday's loss at Washington.
Snead, who was dealing with a sore knee, missed most of the week's practices leading up to Sunday, and he played only 38 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps (67 percent), his fewest since Week 1, according to the . As such, it is not unreasonable to infer that Snead was limited by his injury, which might explain his Week 10 dud. Although Brandin Cooks continues to re-emerge as Drew Brees' top target, Snead's role as the Saints' No. 2 receiver is secure. Snead will have a chance to heal up during the Saints' Week 11 bye, and a favorable matchup against Houston awaits in Week 12.
Lewis (knee, hip) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Lewis finishes his season with just six tackles in six games, as the knee and hip injuries he's nursing -- along with a preseason sports hernia -- conspired to shorten his campaign. The depleted Saints secondary signed Chris Owens earlier this week to add depth in place of Lewis.
Boldin (hamstring) hauled in five of seven targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 29-13 loss at Seattle.
It was a brutal matchup for Boldin and he didn't appear to be 100 percent, looking gimpy on some routes. He also spent a little time on the bench in the first half, while the 49ers had the ball, warming up his tender hamstring. However, he made a number of tough grabs in traffic, and seemed to have a solid rapport with Blaine Gabbert, who did a nice job in the loss, completing 22 of 34 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. Assuming Boldin made it out of Sunday's game without any setback, he'll have another tough matchup in Week 12 against the Cardinals.
Bowman (shoulder) had a relatively quiet game by his standards, recording nine tackles (four solo) in the 29-13 loss to the Seahawks.
Bowman continues to pop up on the injury report for a minor shoulder injury, but it didn't seem to affect the veteran linebacker as he was on the field for all 78 of the team's defensive snaps. With the opposition running the ball 44 times, you would think Bowman would have notched more than nine tackles, but Thomas Rawls was getting into the secondary consistently which did not benefit Bowman. A matchup against the Cardinals' potent air attack looms next week, so the tackle totals could be held in check for Bowman yet again.
Brooks (personal) returned to the field Thursday, recording five tackles (two solo) and a pair of sacks in the loss to Seattle.
Brooks had missed last week's contest to attend the funeral of his sister. He returned Thursday and the extra rest seemed to have given the veteran linebacker a boost. While this was a monster game, it has to be taken with a grain of salt, as the Seattle offensive line is, well, offensive.
Hyde (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, CSN Bay Area reports.
Hyde still hasn't played since Week 7 and is no lock to suit up again this season. Shaun Draughn will continue to lead the San Francisco backfield, with Kendall Gaskins and Travaris Cadet working in reserve. Draughn played nearly all of the offensive snaps in Week 11 against the Seahawks.
Antoine Bethea is set to start for the 49ers this season at strong safety with Eric Reid entrenched at free safety. But the former doesn't know who their secondary mates will be and he's expecting quite a battle.
Tartt finished with eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's loss to Seattle.
Tartt has been starting at strong safety ever since Antoine Bethea (shoulder) was shut down for the season. He has been averaging 6.0 tackles in the those three starts. He doesn't seem like the type of player that will haul in too many interceptions, but his size and athleticism give him a little upside in IDP leagues for tackles, forced fumbles, and the occasional sack.
Smelter (knee) is slated to practice this week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Smelter will remain on the 49ers' Reserve/Non-Football Injury list for now, as the team has a three-week window in which to evaluate whether or not to officially add the wideout to the team's 53-man active roster.