Goodwin will sit out minicamp due to a sore back, Dave Lombardi of The Athletic San Francisco reports.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that the injury wasn't anything serious. Goodwin should be a full participant at the start of training camp, and he appears locked in as a starter after receiving a three-year, $20.3 million extension this offseason.
After four lackluster seasons with the Bills, Goodwin received a two-year flier from the 49ers last March and didn't disappoint, no matter who was under center in 2017. Working with Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo at various points in the season, Goodwin easily paced all San Francisco wideouts with 56 receptions (on 105 targets) for 962 yards. In particular, Goodwin's production was powered by 46 first downs (tied for 14th in the NFL), which offset just two touchdowns. More than two months removed from a concussion suffered Week 17, he'll enter the new league year with security financially and a steady hand at quarterback in Garoppolo.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com after Sunday's 34-13 win versus the Rams that Goodwin will fly back to San Francisco with the team.
Clearly, the news is positive after Goodwin was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. He'll still have to make his way through the concussion protocol, but months remain before the 49ers take part in any meaningful activity. On the season, Goodwin recorded 56 catches (on 105 targets) for 962 yards and two touchdowns, during which he showed a budding rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo. At the very least, Goodwin will act as a big-play threat in 2018 opposite Pierre Garcon, who is working his way back from a season-ending neck injury.
Goodwin (concussion) was transported to a local hospital after departing Sunday's game against the Rams, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.
In perhaps the worst hit of the weekend, Goodwin was eventually diagnosed with a concussion after showing visible signs of a serious head injury. That point likely spurred the 49ers' decision to sidestep any further in-house examinations and take the wideout to the hospital. Goodwin has had issues with concussions in the past, so his status will be monitored with a watchful eye in the coming days and weeks.
Goodwin was Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area and won't return to Sunday's road contest against the Rams.
Goodwin absorbed a vicious hit to his upper body late in the first half, remaining on the turf for a lengthy spell before taking groggy steps to the cart with the assistance of the 49ers' training staff, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Due to his early departure, Goodwin will fall 38 yards shy of 1,000 in what has been a breakout campaign for the fifth-year wideout. Entering the offseason, he's developed a clear rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo, but the return of Pierre Garcon (neck) from injured reserve and the likely addition of wide receivers in the coming months could place a damper on Goodwin's value for the 2018 season.
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|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||4||44||11.0||18||0||0||3|
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|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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