The team picked up Armstead's fifth-year option for 2019 last April, but his $9 million salary doesn't become guaranteed until the start of the new league year in March. The 25-year-old was limited to only 14 games between 2016 and 2017, but played in all 16 games last season with career highs in tackles (48) and sacks (three).
Armstead said he fractured his hand Week 16 against the Bears and played with a club during Sunday's loss to the Rams, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Armstead was listed as a full participant at practice all week despite the fracture, as there was apparently never any doubt of his availability. The 25-year-old was still uncertain if the injury would necessitate surgery, as he finished the season with 48 tackles (33 solo) and three sacks in 16 games.
Armstead (hamstring) returned to action Saturday, logging 22 defensive snaps and finishing with a tackle in a preseason loss to the Colts.
Armstead had been sidelined for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury, but his return puts him back on track to start the regular season healthy. The 24-year-old should start opposite Solomon Thomas at defensive end this year, but he could find himself subbed out on passing downs due to his lack of pass-rush ability (just six sacks over first three seasons).
Armstead is slated to miss multiple weeks due to a hamstring injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Armstead's absence will open the door for rookie Jullian Taylor on the defensive line, though coach Kyle Shanahan indicated the 49ers "were going to do that anyways" based on Taylor's reps early in camp. Armstead has appeared in just a combined 14 games over the last two seasons due to injury, but it could cost him some snaps even when healthy this time around.
Armstead (foot) is considered week-to-week during training camp, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Armstead underwent minor foot surgery earlier in the offseason, and it looks like the defensive end is still going through the recovery phase. He originally said he would be available for OTAs, but the rehab process has gone longer than expected. Expect another update on Armstead next week, but it appears he could remain sidelined for yet another couple weeks.
|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|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||16||48||33.0||15||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|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|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|