Celek (back) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, CSN Bay Area reports.
Celek seemingly had a good opportunity to lead the 49ers' tight ends after Vance McDonald (hip) was forced to exit in Week 3, but his own back ailment has kept him limited this week. As a result, both players are listed as questionable in advance of Sunday's contest, leaving the sparingly-used Blake Bell as San Francisco's only healthy option at the position.
McDonald (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, CSN Bay Area reports.
McDonald was limited in practice this week after picking up a hip injury in Week 3. As it stands, it's unclear if McDonald, who leads the 49ers with two receiving touchdowns, will be able to play Sunday. With teammate Garrett Celek (back) questionable as well, Blake Bell embodies San Francisco's only fully-healthy tight end heading into this weekend.
Ward (quadriceps) has ruled week-to-week on Tuesday.
Ward suffered a quad strain in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and will leave the 49ers' secondary extra thin if he is held out for a couple weeks. Keith Reaser is expected to start in his absence as he filled in at cornerback on Sunday. Look for more updates on Ward's status to come later in the week.
Lynch has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Lynch slid to the fifth round of the 2014 Draft amid character concerns, but developed into of the league's best young outside linebackers by totaling 12.5 sacks over his first two seasons. Nonetheless, Lynch has now incurred his first NFL off-field slip-up, and will miss the first quarter of the regular season as a consequence. With Lynch suspended until San Francisco's Week 5 game against the Cardinals, Eli Harold and Corey Lemonier are candidates to start opposite Ahmad Brooks in the meantime.
Hill (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in San Diego.
With Hill missing a third straight game, Coby Fleener once again has virtually no competition for snaps. Unless he gets healthy and Fleener heads in the other direction, Hill won't have much of a role in the New Orleans offense.
Laurinaitis had seven tackles (five solo) in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.
The Falcons ran the ball 31 times, compared to only 30 passes, which gave the veteran middle linebacker plenty of opportunities to make stops. In his first three games, Laurinaitis now has 17 total tackles, including seven tackles each in Weeks 1 and 3. Playing at the heart of the Saints' defense, Laurinaitis should continue to be a solid IDP option.
Snead (toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in San Diego.
According to NOLA.com, Snead is highly optimistic about his chances to play, saying he feels much better than he did prior to Monday's game against Atlanta. While he's trending in the right direction, owners will still want to have another option available from either the late-afternoon games or the Sunday or Monday night contests, as Snead was a limited practice participant all week. The Saints and Chargers will kick-off at 4:25 P.M. ET.
Vaccaro (ankle) expects to play in Sunday's matchup with the Chargers, The Times-Picayune reports.
Vaccaro injured his ankle in Week 2's loss to the Giants, and subsequently missed the following game. He indicated his absence was more of a coaching decision, as he felt he could have played through it. The starting strong safety appears to be on track for a return Sunday.
The Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.