Armstead was placed on injured reserve after breaking his hand Sunday against the Redskins. The team signed defensive ends Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel in his absence. While Armstead could return from the IR, it doesn't seem likely considering he'll be out at least four to six weeks recovering. The 23-year-old recorded 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in six games this season.
Armstead (hand) likely will be out anywhere from four to six weeks after breaking his hand Sunday against the Redskins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Armstead likely will need surgery on his broken hand, which could keep him out until early December. His backup, Aaron Lynch, strained his calf Sunday filling in for Armstead and is now week-to-week. This leaves the 49ers with Elvis Dumervil and Solomon Thomas as the only healthy options at defensive end. Look for the team to bring in some help from the practice squad or free agency -- especially considering Armstead's multiweek absence.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Armstead broke his hand during Sunday's game against the Redskins and will require surgery.
Armstead is out indefinitely and could be placed on injured reserve if the 49ers so choose. It's unclear who will take his place in the starting lineup in Week 7 against the Cowboys, as Armstead's replacement Sunday, Aaron Lynch, strained his calf during the game and could be looking at a multi-week absence as well.
Armstead left Sunday's game against the Redskins with a hand injury and is questionable to return.
Armstead has logged over 50 defensive snaps in each of the first five games, and he's racked up 13 tackles (six solo) and 1.5 sacks. Elvis Dumervil will fill in for the time being.
The 2015 first-round pick has slimmed down now that he will be asked to be an end in a 4-3 defensive scheme. In the 49ers' previous 3-4 setup, Armstead was viewed as a run-stuffer, but his new role will ask him to generate some outside pressure himself. The 23-year-old hasn't done a whole lot from a fantasy perspective through his first two campaigns, but we wouldn't be surprised if this lighter version of Armstead experiences newfound success as a traditional defensive end.
|8||10/29/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||19||14.0||5||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||8||15||9.0||6||2.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||6||16||8.0||8||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||8||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|