September 21, 2017

NFL - Latest 49ers Player Notes
09/19/2017 - Adrian Colbert  
SS Adrian Colbert will serve as Jaquiski Tartt's backup Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, and could find himself starting if Tartt (sore neck) is unable to play. Colbert made the team as a cornerback/safety after having been a seventh-round pick out of Miami in April.

09/19/2017 - Jaquiski Tartt  
S Jaquiski Tartt (sore neck) practiced with the team Tuesday and appears to be in line to start at strong safety against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. Tartt would be replacing SS Eric Reid (strained knee), who was injured in the Week 2 loss at Seattle. Tartt started the first two games at free safety in place of FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring), who has returned from his injury.

09/19/2017 - Reuben Foster  
OLB Reuben Foster (sprained ankle) was seen out of his walking boot at 49ers practice this week, leading to speculation that he could be ready to return in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals. Foster was injured in the season opener against Carolina.

09/19/2017 - George Kittle  
TE George Kittle (strained hip) has been limited in practice this week, but he is expected to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. Kittle has fought through the injury to be the 49ers' third-leading pass-catcher so far with seven receptions on eight targets for 40 yards.

09/19/2017 - Brian Hoyer  
QB Brian Hoyer has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season, but it could be worse. His two-game passer rating of 60.7 is better than the Cleveland Browns' DeShone Kizer (55.6) and Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (47.2).

09/19/2017 - Eric Reid  
S Eric Reid has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced. Reid sustained an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the second quarter of Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The 25-year-old returned for Seattle's first possession of the third quarter, but exited the contest for good shortly thereafter.

09/18/2017 - Jaquiski Tartt  
S Jaquiski Tartt (sore neck) was held out of practice Monday because of soreness that resulted from Sunday's game at Seattle. He is probably questionable for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, one where he'd likely start at strong safety in place of injured SS Eric Reid.

09/18/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) saw his first game action of the season in Sunday's loss at Seattle. Expected to be eased back into the lineup in obvious passing situations, Ward instead played almost half the game (38 of 82 defensive snaps) because of SS Eric Reid's knee injury. Ward is expected to return to his starting position Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams.

09/18/2017 - Eric Reid  
SS Eric Reid (strained posterior cruciate ligament in left knee) suffered the injury in the first half of Sunday's loss at Seattle. Reid was able to return for the second half, but twice more had to leave the game after aggravating the injury. An MRI taken Monday revealed the extent of the damage, which will not require surgery. However, he already has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

09/18/2017 - NaVorro Bowman  
MLB NaVorro Bowman had a team-high 10 tackles, one for a loss, in Sunday's loss at Seattle. The 49ers defense held the Seahawks to just one touchdown in the game.

09/18/2017 - Tank Carradine  
DE Tank Carradine recorded a sack in Sunday's loss at Seattle. The sack was the fifth of his career.

09/18/2017 - Aaron Lynch  
DE Aaron Lynch recorded one of the 49ers' three sacks in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch has 15 sacks in his career, 4.5 of which have come against the Seahawks.

09/18/2017 - Arik Armstead  
DE Arik Armstead dropped Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson for an eight-yard loss in Sunday's defeat. The sack increased Armstead's career total to 5.5.

09/18/2017 - Zane Beadles  
LG Zane Beadles was replaced in the starting lineup Sunday by LG Laken Tomlinson. After playing every snap in the 49ers' season opener against Carolina, Beadles saw no action at Seattle.

09/18/2017 - Laken Tomlinson  
LG Laken Tomlinson made his first 49ers start in Sunday's loss at Seattle. The import from the Detroit Lions played 48 of the team's 49 offensive snaps and helped improve the interior of the San Francisco line, where the club had had problems the week before.

09/18/2017 - Marquise Goodwin  
WR Marquise Goodwin dropped a critical pass for the second week in a row in Sunday's loss at Seattle. With the 49ers driving late in the game, Goodwin failed to hang onto a QB Brian Hoyer pass that could have given the team a first down inside the Seattle 10. Goodwin dropped a potential touchdown on a long pass from Hoyer on the opening drive last week against Carolina.

09/18/2017 - Carlos Hyde  
RB Carlos Hyde was a one-man offensive show in Sunday's loss at Seattle, rushing for 124 yards on 15 carries. He had 102 of those yards in the first half, including a career-best 61-yard dash. The 124 rushing yards were the most in the league Sunday. He was one of just three players to top 100, doing so for the fourth time in his career.

09/18/2017 - Brian Hoyer  
QB Brian Hoyer passed for just 99 yards -- fewest among all NFL starters in the Week 2 Sunday games -- and failed to get the 49ers into the end zone for a second straight week in Sunday's loss at Seattle. It's the first time in franchise history the 49ers have not scored a touchdown in either of their first two games.

09/18/2017 - Carlos Hyde  
RB Carlos Hyde has battled injuries and offensive line woes for much of his career in San Francisco. For much of Sunday afternoon, everything came together for the fourth-year running back. Hyde ran for 124 yards and nearly spearheaded one of the biggest upsets of the early NFL season. In the end, his effort fell short in a 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. "I think the running game was something that you could be excited about: Carlos popping big runs (and) the offensive line doing a good job," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. Hyde broke off two big runs to set up field goals as the 49ers pulled out to a 9-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Hyde's 61-yard run late in the first half seemed to give San Francisco momentum in a game nobody expected the 49ers to win.

09/18/2017 - Eric Reid  
S Eric Reid continues to battle a knee injury that led to him being helped off the field twice Sunday.

09/18/2017 - Reuben Foster  
LB Reuben Foster, a first-round pick, was among the 49ers' inactives due to an ankle injury.

09/18/2017 - Brian Hoyer  
QB Brian Hoyer completed 15 of 27 passes for 99 yards and an interception in the loss to Seattle. He was sacked twice for losses of 10 yards. "He struggled," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Our whole passing game did."

09/14/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) continued to be limited in practice Thursday and likely will not play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Ward has not practiced at full speed at all since the start of training camp. He suffered the hamstring injury during a conditioning test on the eve of camp.

09/14/2017 - Ray-Ray Armstrong  
WLB Ray-Ray Armstrong is expected to start in place of injured WLB Reuben Foster in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Foster was injured in the first quarter of the season opener against Carolina. Armstrong wound up playing 45 of the 67 defensive snaps against the Panthers, as well as 12 on special teams.

09/14/2017 - Laken Tomlinson  
G Laken Tomlinson likely will make his 49ers debut Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week that Tomlinson, acquired on the eve of the regular season from the Detroit Lions, has progressed in his grasp of the club's offensive scheme to the point where he is much more likely to play this week than he was when he saw no action in the opener against Carolina. Tomlinson has been working out at both guard positions. The left guard spot, currently held by LG Zane Beadles, is considered to be the most vulnerable.

09/14/2017 - Zane Beadles  
LG Zane Beadles is likely to see less playing time Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks than he did in the opener against Carolina. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has indicated this week that he expects recently acquired G Laken Tomlinson to be up to speed in the club's offensive scheme to the point where he could potentially debut against the Seahawks. Beadles played the whole game in the opener.

09/13/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday and remains questionable to make his regular-season debut this week at Seattle. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Ward was able to do more at practice Wednesday than he had last week, so he's progressing toward a return. Shanahan wouldn't rule out it could come as early as Sunday.

09/13/2017 - Jarnor Jones  
DB Jarnor Jones was added to the 49ers' practice squad Tuesday. The 23-year-old had been cut by the Atlanta Falcons on the eve of the season. Jones played the last two seasons at Iowa State and went undrafted in April.

09/13/2017 - Elijah Lee  
OLB Elijah Lee was signed off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad Wednesday. The former All-Big 12 performer at Kansas State was the seventh-round pick of the Vikings in April, but later waived and re-signed to the practice squad. Lee was added to the 49ers' 53-man active roster.

09/13/2017 - Brian Hoyer  
QB Brian Hoyer will make his first visit to Seattle as an NFL starting quarterback Sunday. The veteran has gone 6-10 in previous road starts, winning games at Cincinnati (two), Jacksonville, Tennessee, Atlanta and Minnesota.

09/13/2017 - John Theus  
OL John Theus was waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. The 6-6, 303-pound Theus was the second of three fifth-round picks by San Francisco in 2016. He appeared in four games (one start) as a rookie last season and was inactive for last week's game against Carolina.

09/13/2017 - Elijah Lee  
LB Elijah Lee was signed by the San Francisco 49ers from the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad to a two-year deal on Wednesday to add depth at the position. Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster is expected to miss about a month with a high ankle sprain suffered in Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

09/12/2017 - Jaquiski Tartt  
S Jaquiski Tartt recorded his second career interception during Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Tartt started at free safety in place of FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring). Tartt was in on all 67 defensive snaps, moving into more of a linebacker position in obvious passing downs. He led the 49ers with seven tackles.

09/12/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) did not play in the 49ers' season opener against the Carolina Panthers. The 49ers are hopeful Ward, the starting free safety, can return to practice this week.

09/12/2017 - *Rashard Robinson  
CB Rashard Robinson both caused and recovered a RB Christian McCaffrey fumble in the 49ers' opening loss to the Carolina Panthers. The forced fumble and recovery were both career firsts. Robinson was in on all 67 defensive snaps in the loss.

09/12/2017 - Reuben Foster  
WLB Reuben Foster (sprained right ankle) suffered the injury on the 49ers' 11th defensive snap of Sunday's loss to Carolina. The injury was diagnosed Monday as a high-ankle sprain, which is expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. In his 11 plays, Foster made three tackles and defended an incomplete pass.

09/12/2017 - NaVorro Bowman  
MLB NaVorro Bowman dispelled any notion that he'll be a part-time player moving forward in his career by playing 66 of the 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's opener against the Carolina Panthers. Bowman had five tackles in the game.

09/12/2017 - George Kittle  
TE George Kittle recorded his first NFL catch on the 49ers' fourth offensive play of the season Sunday against Carolina. The 13-yard reception was the first of five for the rookie, totaling 27 yards. He was targeted six times.

09/12/2017 - Carlos Hyde  
RB Carlos Hyde averaged a healthy 5.0 yards per carry in Sunday's opener against the Carolina Panthers. However, because of the come-from-behind nature of the game, Hyde got only nine carries, good for 45 yards. He also recorded a career-best-tying six catches for 32 yards.

09/11/2017 - Pierre Garcon  
WR Pierre Garcon had six catches for 81 yards in his first game for San Francisco, a loss to the Panthers.

09/11/2017 - Brian Hoyer  
QB Brian Hoyer went 24 of 35 for 193 yards and an interception in his 49ers debut, a 23-3 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. "It was probably as disappointing as it could have been," Hoyer said. "When you get it handed to you like that, you just have to go figure out what's wrong, make the corrections and move on."

09/11/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Panthers and Jaquiski Tartt started in his place

09/11/2017 - Reuben Foster  
OLB Reuben Foster, a rookie first-round pick out of Alabama, injured his right ankle with 3:33 left in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Panthers while making a tackle and was carted to the locker room. Foster walked back to the bench with a slight limp early in the second quarter, but did not return to action. "It was more optimistic than it (initially) looked," 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Still got to do more tests." Ray-Ray Armstrong replaced him in the lineup

09/06/2017 - Lorenzo Jerome  
FS Lorenzo Jerome is a candidate to start Sunday's season opener against Carolina if FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is unable to play. The undrafted rookie has been battling S Jaquiski Tartt for the backup role throughout training camp.

09/06/2017 - Jaquiski Tartt  
S Jaquiski Tartt is the likely starter if FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) cannot play in Sunday's opener against Carolina. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has yet to rule out Ward, so he was unwilling Wednesday to announce a starter. FS Lorenzo Jerome also is in the mix.

09/06/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) remained limited in practice Wednesday, making him doubtful for Sunday's season opener. Ward has not been able to take part in a full team practice since suffering the injury on the eve of training camp.

09/06/2017 - Aaron Lynch  
OLB Aaron Lynch (sore back) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. The backup pass-rushing specialist is questionable for Sunday's season opener.

09/06/2017 - Laken Tomlinson  
LG Laken Tomlinson was a full participant at 49ers practice Wednesday, lining up with the second string on team drills. It was the first indication that the former Detroit Lion, acquired last week, will be competing against LG Zane Beadles for a starting spot. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan noted Wednesday that expecting Tomlinson to be up to speed with the 49ers' schemes by Sunday's season opener is a bit of a stretch.

09/06/2017 - George Kittle  
TE George Kittle (strained hamstring) suffered an aggravation of a previous injury and was unable to participate in team activities Wednesday. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Kittle would be the starter Sunday against Carolina if healthy enough to play. At this point, he's questionable at best.

09/03/2017 - Jimmie Ward  
FS Jimmie Ward (strained hamstring) remains questionable for the regular-season opener against Carolina. Ward had, according to general manager John Lynch, a "great workout" away from the team Saturday. The 49ers are hoping to get him back at the regular team workouts leading into the opener. Ward hasn't practiced or played with the team since suffering the injury on the eve of training camp.