Greenlaw (calf) is expected to start at weakside linebacker in 2021, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Kwon Alexander went down early in the 2020 season with an ankle injury, so Greenlaw took over at weakside linebacker and started every game the rest of the way. The 2019 fifth-round pick finished with 73 tackles and a sack over the final 10 contests. He's not expected to have much pass-rushing upside, so his IDP utility will depend on his tackles.
Greenlaw (calf) finished with 86 tackles (61 solo), a sack and a pass defended across 13 games with the 49ers in 2020.
Following a solid rookie campaign, Greenlaw began the year as the 49ers' starting Sam linebacker and was only on the field in base formations, which limited him to 26 to 52 percent of defensive snaps through the first five weeks of the season. San Francisco's front office eventually decided to deal Kwon Alexander and his large contract to New Orleans, which opened the door for Greenlaw to start at the more prominent Will position. The 2019 fifth-round pick went on to average 7.3 tackles over the remaining 10 games of the regular season before going down with a calf injury in Week 16. Greenlaw will have to be cleared of the injury that ended his year prematurely, but barring a setback or big-name acquisition, the physical linebacker will team up with Fred Warner to form a young, formidable starting duo that will provide value for both the 49ers and IDP managers next season.
Greenlaw (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against Seattle, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Greenlaw logged full practices Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out Friday, so his addition to the injury report and inability to suit up Sunday comes as a surprise. The linebacker has been a key part of San Francisco's defensive game plan, playing at least 93 percent of defensive snaps every week since the Seahawks and 49ers first met in Week 8.
Greenlaw recorded seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington.
Greenlaw was tied for the team lead in tackles with seven, bringing his season total up to 74 through 11 games (eight starts). The second-year linebacker may fall short of the century mark in tackles, but he projects as a player who could surpass that total as a starter for a full season, a role he is likely to have in 2021. Greenlaw and fellow linebacker Fred Warner (shoulder/neck) should have several opportunities to rack up tackles against Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys on Sunday.
Greenlaw (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Rams.
Greenlaw was unable to practice with the team Thursday or Friday, ultimately being tagged questionable coming into Week 12. The 23-year-old is seemingly feeling well enough to go for an important NFC West clash, strengthening San Francisco's linebacking corps for a matchup against the Rams' 18th-ranked scoring offense.
Greenlaw (illness) was a non-participant during the 49ers' practice session Thursday.
Greenlaw's symptoms apparently manifested over the past 24 hours, as he was able to participate during Wednesday's session with no restrictions. The starting linebacker has fielded 90-plus percent of the defensive workload in three consecutive outings, after reaching that threshold only once over five appearances Weeks 1 through 7. San Francisco is short-handed at backup linebacker currently, with Joe Walker on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Mark Nzeocha (quadriceps) residing on IR and Azeez Al-Shaair coping with an illness himself.
Greenlaw racked up 11 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-13 loss to New Orleans.
Greenlaw continued to start alongside the talented Fred Warner, but it was the former that finally led the defense in tackles. The second-year pro has thrived since taking over the starting weak-side linebacker job from the recently-traded Kwon Alexander, averaging 8.2 tackles per game with one total sack in the five games he has started this season. Warner is still the top dog of the linebacking unit, but Greenlaw proved he can provide solid tackle totals for IDP owners. A matchup against the Rams' play-heavy offense resides on the other side of the 49ers' bye week.
Greenlaw had seven tackles (four solo) during Thursday's 34-17 loss to the Packers.
Greenlaw handled 97 percent of defensive snaps, which reiterates the fact that he's an every-down starter alongside Fred Warner. Though his tackle numbers haven't been quite on the level of Warner, who had a team-high 13 stops Thursday, Greenlaw is a valuable IDP asset in his current role.
Greenlaw was on the field for 66 of 68 defensive snaps against the Seahawks on Sunday, finishing with eight tackles (seven solo) in a 37-27 loss.
Greenlaw has been occupying the starting weak-side linebacker role for the past three weeks in place of the injured Kwon Alexander. The latter was traded to the Saints on Monday in order to clear cap space, which allows Greenlaw to start alongside Fred Warner for the remainder of the season. The 2019 fifth-round standout is excellent against the run, showing an ability to attack the ball effectively in his short time as a pro. With his role set in stone, Greenlaw should be an IDP-relevant linebacker with a high ceiling for tackles heading into Thursday's tilt against Green Bay.
Greenlaw racked up eight tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Rams.
Kwon Alexander (ankle) was unable to go, opening the door for Greenlaw to move to weak-side linebacker and stay on the field for 100 percent of the defensive snaps. The second-year linebacker possesses the physical skills to put up big tackle numbers alongside Fred Warner. Assuming Alexander's high-ankle sprain keeps him out for the usual multi-week period, then Greenlaw quickly becomes an intriguing IDP option in the interim.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) won't carry an injury tag into Sunday's game versus the Dolphins, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Greenlaw will return to the lineup after two games on the sidelines. He's expected to start at strong-side linebacker against the Dolphins. Before suffering the injury, Greenlaw posted six tackles and a pass breakup over 52 defensive snaps.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) practiced on a limited basis during Wednesday's session, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Greenlaw has missed the past two contests with the quadriceps issue, as it's unclear when he'll be able to return. Look for Thursday's practice to shine a better light on his chances to play in Week 5, but if he's forced to miss more time, Azeez Al-Shaair will continue to be the main beneficiary of Greenlaw's absence.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The 49ers defense has been decimated by injuries, and Greenlaw will miss a second straight game. Azeez Al-Shaair was the main beneficiary of Greenlaw's absence in Week 3 while Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles also rotated in.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) isn't expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 2019 fifth-round pick sustained the injury during Week 2 and sat out Sunday's win over the Giants, and it appears he'll be sidelined for a second straight contest. Greenlaw's participation at practice later this week will provide a better idea of his progression heading into Week 4.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Giants, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Greenlaw will sit out his first game since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2019. He hasn't logged more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps in either game this season, so Mark Nzeocha and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles will likely rotate in Greenlaw's place Sunday.
Greenlaw (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Greenlaw began the week as a limited participant, so Thursday's lack of practice activity represents a step in the wrong direction. His availability for Sunday's contest against the Giants could come down to what he's able to do in Friday's final practice of the week.
Greenlaw was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a quadriceps injury, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Greenlaw is dealing with an issue relating to quadriceps bruising, but there's not yet any reason to worry about his availability for Week 3. The second-year pro doesn't possess much IDP value in his rotational role, but the loss of Nick Bosa (knee) and Solomon Thomas (knee) could lead to the 49ers dialing up more pass rush opportunities for linebackers.
Greenlaw (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Greenlaw was donning a blue non-contact jersey, but his return to the field indicates that he has been cleared from the concussion protocol. Assuming there are no setbacks, the 23-year-old will start at the Sam linebacker position and see 30-50 percent of the team's defensive snaps. Greenlaw's IDP value will be suppressed in his current role, but he would gain value if he is asked to fill in for Fred Warner (reserve/COVID-19) to start the season.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Greenlaw is in concussion protocol, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
It's unclear how Greenlaw suffered the head injury, but he'll have to gain clearance from an independent league doctor before returning to the field. It's too early to rule out Greenlaw for the 49ers' Week 1 tilt, but Mark Nzeocha would be in line for an expanded role at linebacker should Greenlaw sit out.
Greenlaw had 92 tackles (64 solo), a sack and an interception in 16 games this season.
Greenlaw won the starting Sam linebacker job out of camp, and he saw his role increased when Kwon Alexander went down for the regular season in Week 9. The fifth-round pick showed excellent athleticism and ability to close out on ball carriers quickly, putting that ability on display when he stopped Seattle's tight end, Jacob Hollister, on the goal line as time expired in Week 17 to win the NFC West for the 49ers. If both Fred Warner and Alexander are healthy to begin the 2020 season, then Greenlaw will shift back to the less-prominent strong-side role, which would limit his ADP appeal.
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|Sun 09/20||@ NYJ||W 31-13||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ NYG||L 36-9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||@ SF||L 25-20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs MIA||L 17-43||4||2||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||vs LAR||W 24-16||7||0||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ NE||W 33-6||3||3||6||1||0||0||0||0|
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|Sun 11/15||@ NO||L 13-27||7||4||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||@ LAR||W 23-20||5||1||6||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Sat 12/26||@ ARI||W 20-12||6||1||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ SF||L 26-23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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