San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd105.0 (16th)127.5 (31st)
Defense10th123.5 (24th)176.0 (7th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
91Armstead, Arik DE6-729211/15/19933Oregon
54Armstrong, Ray-Ray OLB6-32203/5/19915Miami (Fla.)
68Beadles, Zane G6-430511/19/19868Utah
3Beathard, C.J. QB6-221511/16/1993RIowa
17Bolden, Victor WR5-81784/4/1995ROregon State
10Bourne, Kendrick WR6-12038/4/1995REastern Washington
53Bowman, NaVorro MLB6-02425/28/19888Penn State
22Breida, Matt RB5-111902/28/1995RGeorgia Southern
77Brown, Trent T6-83554/13/19933Florida
99Buckner, DeForest DT6-73003/17/19942Oregon
95Carradine, Tank DE6-42702/18/19905Florida State
88Celek, Garrett TE6-52525/29/19886Michigan State
38Colbert, Adrian DB6-220510/6/1993RMiami (Fla.)
96Cooper, Xavier DE6-430011/30/19913Washington State
50Coyle, Brock LB6-124510/12/19904Montana
58Dumervil, Elvis DE5-112501/19/198412Louisville
56Foster, Reuben OLB6-12284/4/1994RAlabama
63Fusco, Brandon G6-43067/26/19887Slippery Rock
15Garcon, Pierre WR6-02118/8/198610Mount Union
76Gilliam, Garry T6-531511/26/19904Penn State
11Goodwin, Marquise WR5-917911/19/19905Texas
9Gould, Robbie K6-019012/6/198213Penn State
57Harold, Eli OLB6-32651/20/19943Virginia
2Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/19859Michigan State
28Hyde, Carlos RB6-02359/20/19904Ohio State
30Jackson, Asa DB5-1018312/2/19894Cal Poly-S.L.O.
49Jerome, Lorenzo DB5-102041/20/1995RSt. Francis (PA)
36Johnson, Dontae CB6-220012/1/19914NC State
93Jones, D.J. DT6-03211/19/1995ROle Miss
44Juszczyk, Kyle FB6-12404/23/19915Harvard
67Kilgore, Daniel C6-330812/18/19877Appalachian State
85Kittle, George TE6-425010/9/1993RIowa
47Lee, Elijah LB6-22292/8/1996RKansas State
59Lynch, Aaron DE6-62703/8/19934South Florida
62Magnuson, Erik T6-63051/5/1994RMichigan
90Mitchell, Earl DT6-33109/25/19878Arizona
31Mostert, Raheem RB5-101974/9/19923Purdue
86Nelson, Kyle LS6-224010/3/19866New Mexico State
82Paulsen, Logan TE6-52682/26/19878UCLA
5Pinion, Bradley P6-52296/1/19943Clemson
35Reid, Eric SS6-121312/10/19915LSU
33Robinson, Rashard CB6-11777/23/19952LSU
19Robinson, Aldrick WR5-101879/24/19885Southern Methodist
74Staley, Joe T6-53158/30/198411Central Michigan
29Tartt, Jaquiski FS6-12212/12/19923Samford
55Taumoepenu, Pita OLB6-12453/9/1994RUtah
81Taylor, Trent WR5-81784/30/1994RLouisiana Tech
94Thomas, Solomon DE6-325612/20/1995RStanford
75Tomlinson, Laken G6-33122/9/19923Duke
25Ward, Jimmie CB5-111937/18/19914Northern Illinois
97Watson, Dekoda LB6-22453/3/19888Florida State
24Williams, K'Waun DB5-91837/12/19913Pittsburgh
23Witherspoon, Ahkello CB6-31953/21/1995RColorado
Injured Players
98Blair, Ronald (IR) DE6-42701/21/19932Appalachian State
13Burbridge, Aaron (IR) WR6-120812/23/19932Michigan State
65Garnett, Joshua (IR) G6-53212/21/19942Stanford
47Gilbert, Jimmie (IR) LB6-523011/9/1994RColorado
30Iworah, Prince Charles (IR) CB5-111933/11/19931Western Kentucky
43James, Chanceller (IR) DB6-22089/26/1994RBoise State
83Johnson, B.J. (IR) WR6-12142/22/1993RGeorgia Southern
20Jones, Don (IR) DB5-111955/14/19905Arkansas State
93Jones, Chris (IR) DT6-12937/12/19905Bowling Green
48Newsom, Donavin (IR) LB6-224010/13/1993RMissouri
23Redmond, Will (IR) CB6-018612/28/19932Mississippi State
51Smith, Malcolm (IR) OLB6-02257/5/19897Southern California
32Williams, Joe (IR) RB5-112059/4/1993RUtah
Practice Squad
14Carter, DeAndre WR5-81904/10/19931Sacramento State
60Flynn, JP G6-53208/30/1993RMontana State
46Hikutini, Cole TE6-42476/11/1994RLouisville
 Jones, Jarnor DB6-32094/29/1994RIowa State
 McNichols, Jeremy RB5-921412/26/1995RBoise State
1Mullens, Nick QB6-11873/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
 Murphy, Pace T6-63083/2/19942Northwestern State-Louisiana
66Nwachukwu, Noble DE6-227511/30/1994RWest Virginia
18Smelter, DeAndre WR6-222712/3/19911Georgia Tech
75Williams, Darrell T6-63103/24/1993RWestern Kentucky
Suspended Players
 Ramsey, Kaleb DT6-32856/20/19892Boston College
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
San Francisco6-5316.86-3284.725.42134
 
 
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Position Listing
NaVorro Bowman
News
Bowman racked up 10 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seahawks.

The All-Pro linebacker looked to be in mid-season form, moving well laterally and vacuuming up Seattle's runs up the middle. Perennially a top IDP option, there were questions surrounding Bowman's health entering the season after playing just six games over the last two years. That said, the 29-year-old has certainly passed the eye test early on, putting him back in the mix as a premium linebacker from a tackles standpoint.

Don Jones
News
Jones signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Friday.

Jones is among the best gunners in the league and led the Texans with 11 special teams tackles in 2016, despite playing in just nine games. Given the barren nature of the 49ers' secondary, he could conceivably carve out a role on defense this upcoming season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Xavier Cooper
News
Cooper was claimed by the 49ers on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Cooper likely won't carve out a big role in his first several weeks with his new team, but don't be surprised if the 24-year-old is a piece of the San Francisco defensive puzzle by the end of the season.

Garrett Celek
News
Celek could start at tight end in the Week 1 opener against the Panthers if George Kittle (hamstring) isn't able to suit up, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.

Celek won the 49ers' top backup job during the preseason, but he could join the first team in Week 1 after the rookie Kittle suffered the hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice. Kittle's status should become clearer as Sunday's contest draws closer. If Celek were to start, he would be nothing more than a desperation play in deeper formats after posting underwhelming numbers (350 yards and three touchdowns) as a part-time starter in 2016.

Asa Jackson
News
Jackson was signed to the 49ers 53-man roster Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Jackson has resided on the 49ers practice squad since being released at roster cutdowns, and now takes the roster spot cornerback Keith Reaser. The 27-year-old will likely serve as a depth cornerback but could also have some opportunities on special teams.

Bradley Pinion
No Updates
Trent Taylor
News
Taylor caught two passes (four targets) for six yards in a 12-9 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

The 49ers' passing game struggled as a whole, but the slot receiver saw an uptick in targets after having just one ball thrown his way last week. Taylor's crisp route running and soft hands fit the role of traditional PPR receivers, but there simply isn't enough passing volume in San Francisco's offensive game plan to warrant fantasy consideration quite yet.

Kendrick Bourne
News
Bourne (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday for the 49ers' Week 2 game against the Seahawks.

Bourne was active for the 49ers' season-opening loss to the Panthers, but only logged 10 snaps, with seven coming on special teams. He'll don street clothes in Week 2 with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan opting to keep return specialist Victor Bolden active instead as the team's No. 5 wideout.

Elijah Lee
News
Lee signed a contract with the 49ers on Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

The 49ers snagged Lee, the Vikings' seventh-round draft pick in April, off Minnesota's practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in the wake of Reuben Foster's (ankle) expected month-long absence.

Rashard Robinson
News
Robinson (ankle) lined up with the first-team defense during Wednesday's minicamp practice, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

Showing no signs of the ankle injury he suffered in the 49ers' season finale, Robinson reportedly made a leaping interception on a deep pass from Brian Hoyer during seven-on-seven drills. He rolled with the first-string unit because Jimmie Ward (collarbone) wasn't able to participate in full, but if Ward switches to safety ahead of the upcoming campaign as expected, Robinson would likely become a mainstay in the starting lineup.

Joe Staley
News
Staley (knee) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Week 1.

The injury Staley suffered in the third exhibition proved to be of little concern. Now confirmed to be healthy, the Central Michigan product is set to open the season as the starting left tackle.

Nick Mullens
No Updates
Jarnor Jones
No Updates
Ray-Ray Armstrong
News
Armstrong collected eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 12-9 loss to Seattle.

Armstrong got the start at left outside linebacker as expected, replacing Reuben Foster (ankle), who is expected to miss at least a few more weeks. The 28-year-old held up his end of the bargain in terms of wrapping up the ball carrier, finishing just behind NaVorro Bowman for the team lead in tackles. Armstrong looked shaky in coverage at times, but for IDP purposes, his run defense should keep him relevant until Foster returns from injury.

Aaron Lynch
News
Lynch (back) is not present on the 49ers' injury report for Week 2.

Lynch was considered questionable and was ultimately inactive for Sunday's season-opening loss to the Panthers, but he's had no issues thus far this week. The 24-year-old is likely only a depth player on the 49ers' defensive front at this point.

Jeremy McNichols
News
The 49ers have signed McNichols to their practice squad, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is a favorable landing spot for the fifth-round rookie after he was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday. The 49ers only have three tailbacks on their roster, including undrafted rookie Matt Breida and special teams ace Raheem Mostert. It isn't hard to imagine a scenario in which Carlos Hyde suffers an injury and McNichols joins the 53-man roster as an immediate contributor.

Noble Nwachukwu
No Updates
DeAndre Smelter
News
Smelter agreed to join the 49ers' practice squad Monday.

Smelter had a strong start to training camp but was unable to crack the final roster. He now will look to impress on the team's practice squad, where he also spent the majority of last season.

Matt Breida
News
Breida carried the ball four times for 35 yards and added three yards on his lone reception in Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seahawks.

Carlos Hyde dominated the backfield touches for the second consecutive week, but Breida made his mark by ripping off a couple big runs in the second half as the 49ers attempted to upset the Seahawks in their own stadium. The speedy running back has been limited to nine total touches through two games, but he's established himself as the clear-cut backup in San Francisco, despite going undrafted this past offseason. Breida's name is worth remembering in the event Hyde goes down to injury, which has been a common occurrence during his four-year career.

Marquise Goodwin
News
Goodwin pulled in three of his six targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 12-9 loss to Seattle.

Goodwin's 26 yards were actually tied for the team lead on a day where the 49ers managed just 99 yards through the air. The 26-year-old failed to catch a red-zone pass that likely would have resulted in a score. This comes on the heels of last week's drop on a rare deep shot from Brian Hoyer. Goodwin is one of the fastest receivers in the league, but his speed will go to waste if he doesn't start hauling in passes that hit him in the hands. He should be considered a desperation play until we see more consistent production.

Prince Charles Iworah
News
Iworah (undislosed) reverted to the 49ers' injured reserve Sunday, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.

Iworah was waived/injured by the team Friday, and he subsequently cleared waivers. He projected as a long shot to land on the final roster to begin with. The 2016 seventh-round pick will now remain on IR unless he and the 49ers can come to terms on an injury settlement.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
JP Flynn
No Updates
Carlos Hyde
News
Hyde rushed 15 times for 124 yards and caught three of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seahawks.

Hyde was the only factor that prevented the 49ers offense from totally flatlining against the Seahawks vaunted defense. In fact, he became the first runner to rush for 100 or more yards in back-to-back games in Seattle since Jamaal Charles did it in 2010 and 2014, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. Hyde ripped off runs of 27 and 61 yards in the process, all the while staying busy in the passing game; Hyde saw six targets for a second week in a row. While reaching the end zone could be a problem all season as long as he plays within such a talent-barren offense, Hyde is the clear axis upon which this offense turns and has been remarkably efficient (5.0 YPC) through the season's first two weeks.

Robbie Gould
News
Gould converted all three of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 12-9 loss to Seattle.

The 49ers offense struggled to move the ball for the second consecutive week, but the veteran kicker held up his end of the bargain on the few drives that actually went deep into Seattle's territory. Gould's accuracy -- combined with his club's red-zone struggles -- should make him a viable kicking option this week against the Rams.

DeAndre Carter
News
Carter was waived by the 49ers on Saturday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

Carter didn't do much in the preseason to warrant a roster spot. He could be a candidate for the practice squad.

Erik Magnuson
No Updates
Darrell Williams
No Updates
D.J. Jones
News
The 49ers selected Jones in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 198th overall.

At 6-foot-1, 319 pounds, Jones has a stocky profile that strongly implies a two-gap defensive tackle role of some sort. If he makes the team, he'll likely take on blockers more than he'll make plays on ball carriers.

Pace Murphy
No Updates
Victor Bolden
News
Bolden scored a touchdown on a 92-yard punt return in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers. He added one catch for nine yards.

It was Bolden's second special teams touchdown of the preseason after he returned a kickoff for 104 yards against the Broncos on Aug. 19. The undrafted rookie's strong contributions as a return man bode well for his prospects of making the 53-man roster.

Joshua Garnett
News
Garnett (knee) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

Garnett could possibly be lifted from IR at some point in the season if the 49ers elect him to be one of the two players they're allowed to activate.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
K'Waun Williams
News
Williams is expected to sign a one-year deal with the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before spending 2016 without a team. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams, and have opted to give him a shot with a club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.

Arik Armstead
News
Armstead (shoulder) said Wednesday that he's fully recovered from surgery to address a torn labrum, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.

Armstead finished 2016 on injured reserve due to the injury, but it shouldn't restrict him at all heading into OTAs and training camp. The former first-round pick looks primed to fill one of the starting roles at defensive end in the 49ers' 4-3 defense this season.

Laken Tomlinson
News
Tomlinson was traded Thursday from the Lions to the 49ers in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Tomlinson, a 2015 first-round pick, started 24 of 32 games during his two seasons with Detroit. He's seen most of his time at left guard during his professional career, and could unseat veteran Zane Beadles for starting duties at that position with his new team.

Dontae Johnson
News
Johnson made his preseason debut against the Vikings on Sunday after missing the team's first two exhibitions with a concussion.

With his injury in the rearview mirror, Johnson will look to begin the season as one of the 49ers' starting corners alongside Rashard Robinson.

Ronald Blair
News
Blair (thumb) will be placed on injured reserve, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Blair was dealing with a groin injury earlier this preseason, but his nagging thumb will force him to IR to begin the year. Because the move came after the roster cut deadline, the defensive lineman can return to the 49ers after Week 6.

Injury
Thumb - Injured Reserve
B.J. Johnson
Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Aaron Burbridge
News
Burbridge (hamstring) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

Burbridge injured his hamstring early on in training camp and is now set to miss the entire year. He's unlikely to come off injured reserve unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Logan Paulsen
News
Paulsen will re-sign with the 49ers after being released by the team on Saturday, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Paulsen was waived in order to create a roster spot for defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, but with fellow tackle Rondald Blair headed for injured reserve, San Francisco temporality has another roster spot open. Paulsen is expected to serve as the team's primary backup tight end for 2017.

DeForest Buckner
News
Buckner (ankle) started and recorded three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's preseason loss to Minnesota.

The 23-year-old made a triumphant return to the lineup after suffering an ankle injury in the first week of the preseason. Buckner will start at defensive tackle this season after turning in strong results (73 tackles and six sacks) during his rookie campaign.

Donavin Newsom
News
Newsom (concussion) will revert to the 49ers injured reserve after getting waived/injured by the team, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.

The concussion occurred as the result of a collision. Newsom figured to be a long shot at landing on the final roster before landing on the IR. He will remain there for the rest of the season unless he and the team reach an injury settlement.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
George Kittle
News
Kittle (hip) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams, Cam Inman of CSN Bay Area reports.

Held out of Monday's practice, Kittle managed limited participation Tuesday and Wednesday, likely setting him up to play Week 3. He played through the same injury the past two weeks, catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards while playing 92 percent of the offensive snaps.

Injury
Hip - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Chris Jones
News
Jones (undisclosed) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

The nature of Jones' injury isn't clear. He's likely stuck on IR through season's end, barring an injury settlement.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Lorenzo Jerome
No Updates
Kaleb Ramsey
Injury
Suspension - Suspended for four games
No Updates
Garry Gilliam
No Updates
Daniel Kilgore
News
Kilgore logged 29 snaps in Sunday's preseason loss to the Vikings.

The veteran lineman is coming off of hamstring surgery this past offseason, but his participation in team activities shows that he will begin the season healthy. Kilgore is the front-runner to win the 49ers' starting center job.

Earl Mitchell
News
Mitchell signed a four-year contract with the 49ers on Friday, NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports.

Mitchell was cut by the Dolphins in a cap-saving move last week but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. While the Arizona product racked up a career-low 17 tackles and zero sacks last season, he could be in line for a rebound in 2017 if he can secure the Niners' first-string nose tackle job this summer; the incumbent starting nose tackle, Glenn Dorsey, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.

Pierre Garcon
News
Garcon caught three passes (five targets) for 26 yards in Sunday's 12-9 loss to Seattle.

Garcon -- along with the entire San Francisco air attack -- was quiet in a tough matchup against the Seahawks' vaunted secondary. The 49ers have yet to score an offensive touchdown through the first two weeks of the season, a trend that will limit the veteran wideout's fantasy potential if it continues. That said, Garcon leads the team with 15 targets and nine receptions, making him a PPR option in the right matchups.

Malcolm Smith
News
Smith (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The IR move give the 49ers the flexibility to add another linebacker. Smith is still expected to miss the entire 2017 season, but is technically eligible to return after Week 8 if his recovery is faster than anticipated.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Raheem Mostert
News
Mostert didn't record an offensive touch in Sunday's season-opening loss to the Panthers.

Mostert was a surprise addition to the 53-man roster after he flashed his speed and special teams ability this preseason. The 25-year-old is clearly a distant third on the depth chart after seeing just one offensive snap compared to Carlos Hyde's 45 and Matt Breida's 12. Mostert didn't get a chance to return a kick Sunday, but he will serve as the team's primary kick returner this season.

Eli Harold
News
Harold is dealing with a foot injury and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Harold first appeared on the injury report Wednesday as a limited participant so there's no clear indication on if he is likely to play. The 23-year-old received only 28 of 82 defensive snaps against the Seahawks on Sunday, and Dekoda Watson is next up on the 49ers' depth chart if he is unable to play.

Injury
Foot - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Kyle Nelson
No Updates
Brian Hoyer
News
Hoyer completed 15 of 27 passes for 99 yards and one interception during Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seahawks.

Hoyer's interception was particularly demoralizing, as it didn't even appear to be on target and instead went right into the hands of Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner. If there's any silver lining to Sunday's events, it's that RB Carlos Hyde remained productive and efficient (124 yards on 15 carries) and offers hope the 49ers' passing game could open up more for Hoyer in coming weeks should opposing defenses stack the box more often.

Elvis Dumervil
News
Dumervil signed a two-year contract Monday with the 49ers, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

After being let go by the Ravens in March, Dumervil will latch on with the rebuilding 49ers, providing a veteran presence to a young core of pass rushers. The 33-year-old appears likely to take on a rotational rusher role, but will also serve as a mentor to the likes of 2017 No. 3 overall pick Solomon Thomas, 2016 first-round pick DeForest Buckner and 2015 first-round pick Arik Armstead. Dumervil, a five-time Pro Bowler, has a prior relationship with new 49ers general manager John Lynch, who was his teammate early in his career with the Broncos.

Tank Carradine
News
Carradine is considered questionable to return to Thursday's matchup with the Cardinals due to a toe injury, Matt Maiocco of the CSN Bay Area

Carradine had failed to record a statistic prior to exiting the contest. The severity of his injury is not known at this time. Eli Harold may see a bigger role providing outside linebacker depth in his absence.

Reuben Foster
News
Foster (ankle) ditched the walking boot from his right foot Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

After suffering a high-ankle sprain in his professional debut, Foster was expected to miss approximately one month. Tuesday's development may mean he's in the midst of a quicker than expected recovery, but the 49ers surely won't press their luck with the 2017 first-round selection. As long as he's sidelined, expect Ray-Ray Armstrong to get the nod at weakside linebacker.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Out for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Zane Beadles
No Updates
Solomon Thomas
News
Thomas collected four tackles (all solo) in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

The talented rookie continues to officially be used as a backup despite out-snapping the 49ers' starting right end, Tank Carradine, for the second straight week. Not handing a starting job to a high draft pick has become common practice in the NFL, but as long as Thomas continues to show improvement and see the majority of defensive snaps, then he should be considered the "starter" by IDP owners.

Adrian Colbert
News
Colbert suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Colbert collided with WR Trent Taylor on a deep pass and was slow to get up afterwards. Unfortunately the extent of his injury isn't clear at this point in time.

C.J. Beathard
News
Beathard will be the second-string quarterback in Saturday's preseason tilt against Denver, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.

Beathard had been operating as San Francisco's third-string quarterback, behind starter Brian Hoyer and fellow backup Matt Barkley. The movement up the depth chart may be temporary, but it's a positive sign for the rookie signal caller, as it shows that the coaching staff is giving him serious consideration in a battle for the 49ers' primary backup job.

Ahkello Witherspoon
News
The 49ers selected Witherspoon in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 66th overall.

In terms of size and athleticism, there's not much difference between Witherspoon and Kevin King, who the Packers selected 33rd overall. At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Witherspoon logged a 4.45-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 40.5-inch vertical and 127-inch broad jump. He was a leading contributor on a dominant Colorado pass defense, and he makes a fine selection for the 49ers here.

Trent Brown
No Updates
Joe Williams
News
The 49ers are placing Williams (ankle) on injured reserve, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

This doesn't necessarily mean the injury is serious; the 49ers may just be glad to keep their 2017 fourth-round pick without having to use a spot on the 53-man roster. Initially hyped as a candidate to earn a major role, Williams struggled with ball security and learning the offense throughout training camp and the preseason, while undrafted rookie Matt Breida proved to be a quick study. Breida presumably will enter the season as Carlos Hyde's top backup, with Raheem Mostert holding the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Williams is still an intriguing asset in dynasty leagues, as Hyde can become a free agent after the season.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Brandon Fusco
No Updates
Dekoda Watson
News
Watson signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on Friday.

Watson had struggled to stay healthy the past few years, but he strung together a full, 16-game season with the Broncos in 2016 and wound up leading the team with 11 special-teams tackles. While he could theoretically carve out a rotational role at linebacker this summer, look for him to do most of his work for the Niners on special teams.

Eric Reid
News
As expected, Reid (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's tilt against the Rams.

Reid has been unable to practice all week, so this designation comes as no surprise. Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated earlier in the week his status for the foreseeable future could be up in the air, so the 25-year-old should be looked at as week-to-week right now.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Out for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Kyle Juszczyk
News
Juszczyk (shoulder) brought in his only target for 16 yards in Sunday's 32-31 preseason loss to the Vikings.

Juszczyk had been limited by a shoulder injury this past week, but he shook off the ailment to log one reception for the second straight exhibition. The versatile asset will open the season as a the starting fullback, but he's also taken reps at tight end during training camp and logged 97 receptions over his last three seasons in Baltimore. Juszczyk's touches will likely be difficult to predict week-to-week, but given head coach Kyle Shanahan's well-earned reputation as a creative offensive mind, he could catch quite a few defenses off guard with his use of the fifth-year pro this coming season.

Jimmie Ward
News
Ward (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams after another limited practice.

The Niners are dealing with a plethora of injuries at safety, so look for Ward to give it a go if at all possible. However, he looks to be a true game-time decision. Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert would see a significant increase in work should Ward ultimately be ruled out.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Jimmie Gilbert
Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Aldrick Robinson
News
Robinson gained seven yards on his only reception against the Panthers on Sunday.

Robinson was expected to see a larger role after Jeremy Kerley was released this preseason, but rookie Trent Taylor leapfrogged him on the depth chart. Both receivers were limited to a catch apiece, but the latter was on the field for 14 more snaps. Robinson won't provide much value as the 49ers' fourth receiver, but the veteran would likely be the first man up should either of the team's starting outside receivers go down to injury, as Taylor's skills are better suited for the slot.

Cole Hikutini
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Hikutini was waived by the 49ers on Saturday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

Hikutini didn't log many snaps in the preseason, so his departure isn't surprising. If he clears waivers, he could be signed to the practice squad.

Brock Coyle
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Coyle (leg) recorded four tackles (two solo) in Thursday's preseason win over the Chargers.

Coyle had been dealing with a minor leg injury this week, but his presence in Thursday's contest bodes well for the 26-year-old's chances of making the 53-man roster as a backup linebacker and special teams contributor.

Will Redmond
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Redmond (ankle) was waived/injured by the 49ers on Friday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

The 2016 third-round draft pick failed to rehab from an ankle issue this preseason after missing all of last year with a significant knee injury. The 49ers could reclaim Redmond and place him on injured reserve if he passes through waivers Saturday.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Chanceller James
Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Jaquiski Tartt
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Tartt (neck) was again limited at practice Wednesday, and has been officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Rams.

With starting strong safety Eric Reid already ruled out of the contest, expect Tartt to give it a go Thursday if at all possible. Should he ultimately be unable to take the field, look for Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert to see a much heavier workload than normal.

Injury
Neck - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. L.A. Rams
Pita Taumoepenu
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The 49ers selected Taumoepenu in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 202nd overall.

This looks like a pure depth grab here with San Francisco already loaded along the front four. That said, Taumoepenu has some athleticism, notching a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized, even at defensive end, checking in at 6-foot-1 and just 243 pounds. His lack of size coupled with San Francisco's depth up front means that it could be awhile before Taumoepenu sees the field.

 

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