Free Agency-49ers Capsule
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-12)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DB Jimmie Ward, WR Pierre Garcon, LB Mark Nzeocha, RB Alfred Morris, P Bradley Pinion, S Antone Exum, LS Kyle Nelson.
49ers hire Joe Woods as defensive assistant
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have hired Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator.
Woods' addition to coach Kyle Shanahan's staff on Thursday fills a void created when Jeff Hafley left after serving for three years as defensive backs coach to take a job at Ohio State.
Broncos hire 49ers QBs coach Scangarello as OC
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The task of modernizing Denver's outdated offense goes to Rich Scangarello, whose stellar work as San Francisco's quarterbacks coach the last two seasons led to his hiring as the Broncos' offensive coordinator Wednesday.
Garoppolo’s injury doomed 49ers season from start
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All the optimism the San Francisco 49ers had coming into the season crumpled less than a month into the campaign when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo blew out his knee.
Talk of a playoff run and a return to the upper echelon of the NFC was put on hold for yet another year as the 49ers were headed to a fourth straight losing season instead.
49ers RB Matt Breida, WR Dante Pettis out with injuries
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida and receiver Dante Pettis will miss the season finale with injuries.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Breida will be sidelined by an ankle injury and Pettis is out with a knee injury. Both players got hurt Sunday in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
The Latest: Bears hand Shanahan first December loss
The Latest on NFL's Week 16 (All times Eastern).
The Chicago Bears have wrapped up a 14-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Bears improved to 11-4 and handed 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan his first loss in December as head coach. Coming into today, Shanahan was 7-0 in December games with the 49ers.
Also, the Rams beat the Cardinals 31-9 in another late game today. The Rams are 12-3 and can clinch a first-round bye with a win at home next week against the 49ers.
Gould’s FG in OT helps 49ers snap 10-game skid vs. Seahawks
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As if the San Francisco 49ers needed any reminder about how Seattle has dominated this once fierce NFC West rivalry of late, Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff spent the night before the game reminding the players with highlights from the Seahawks' 27-point blowout just two weeks ago.
George Kittle’s 85-yard touchdown reception helps lift 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan pulled aside his star tight end and apologized to George Kittle for not getting him more opportunities in the second half to set an NFL record.
The coach even said sorry a second time.
Quarterback Nick Mullens placed the blame on himself after Kittle fell 4 yards short of Shannon Sharpe's NFL record by a tight end of 214 yards receiving.
NFL fines Bills’ Jerry Hughes $53K for yelling at official
NEW YORK (AP) — Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes was fined $53,482 by the NFL on Saturday for confronting an official in the tunnel after the Bills-Dolphins game last weekend. Hughes accused the official of calling him a vulgar name.
Russell Wilson jokes about shoe toss against 49ers
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson knew the question was coming and tried to lean into it with some levity on Thursday.
"I think somebody is missing a shoe somewhere," the Seattle quarterback joked as he took to the lectern for his weekly press conference.
Shanahan glad to be with 49ers instead of dad’s old team
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyle Shanahan was up for a head coaching job in the NFL two offseasons ago, he had one of his interviews in a very familiar place.
Shanahan met with Denver general manager John Elway for about four hours to interview for a job his dad, Mike, held for 14 seasons, helping Elway and the Broncos win a pair of Super Bowl titles.
Kyle Shanahan off to rough start as 49ers coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan's coaching tenure hasn't quite gotten off to the greatest start in San Francisco.
He lost his first nine games with the 49ers last year before the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo provided a late-season spark with five straight wins to close a 6-10 campaign.
With Garoppolo sidelined by a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 this year, the Niners have started the season 2-10 for the second straight year under Shanahan.
Undrafted rookie RB Wilson makes good impression on 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Wilson is making the most of his chance in San Francisco's injury-riddled backfield.
After starting his rookie season as an undrafted player on the practice squad, Wilson will be thrust into a starting role this week after the latest injury to a 49ers running back.
49ers RB Matt Breida out this week with ankle injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.
Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday's 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play through the injury but eventually couldn't and left the game.
He finished the game with five carries for six yards and three catches for 51 yards.
49ers rule WRs Goodwin, Garcon out for Seahawks game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will once again be without receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Goodwin will miss this weekend's game at Seattle because he is dealing with a serious family issue and Garcon will be out with a knee injury. Goodwin is missing his second straight game and Garcon will be out for the third straight game.
Shanahan defends 49ers’ handling of troubled LB Foster
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A day after the San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster following a domestic violence arrest, coach Kyle Shanahan said he and the team were unaware of a prior altercation in October between Foster and the same alleged victim.
Foster was arrested Saturday night for an incident at the team hotel in Tampa, the latest in a string of legal issues involving the linebacker. The 49ers cut Foster on Sunday morning before their game against the Buccaneers.
Struggling Buccaneers, 49ers not giving up on themselves
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With six games remaining in mostly disappointing seasons for Tampa Bay and San Francisco, both struggling squads are seeking answers that will help them beyond 2018.
The odds may be against either club salvaging the year with a playoff berth, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything meaningful the Buccaneers (3-7) and 49ers (2-8) can accomplish beginning Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
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49ers 2017 draft class struggles in second year in NFL
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — As Eli Manning drove the New York Giants down the field for the game-winning touchdown in the latest loss for San Francisco, two players expected to be foundation pieces for the 49ers defense were only spectators.
Reuben Foster missed his 10th game in two seasons because of injuries and suspension and fellow 2017 first-round pick Solomon Thomas remained on the sideline because he's not good enough to be on the field at crunch time.
Nick Mullens remains starter at QB for 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan knew things wouldn't always go quite as smoothly for Nick Mullens as they did in his first start.
So when Mullens followed up his record-setting debut with a spottier performance that included two interceptions and a failed late drive, Shanahan wasn't overly concerned and remains committed to Mullens as the starter when the team returns from the bye next week.
49ers QB Nick Mullens knows how to make good 1st impression
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Mullens knows how to make a good first impression.
Whether it was wearing a suit to his pre-draft interview with the San Francisco 49ers or setting records in his NFL debut, Mullens has proven that he can get off on the right foot in a new situation.
QB Nick Mullens to get 2nd start for 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with Nick Mullens as their starting quarterback after his spectacular debut performance.
Mullens said coach Kyle Shanahan told him Tuesday that he will remain the starter for the upcoming game against the New York Giants.
49ers RB Mostert, CB Moseley out for season with injuries
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley will both need season-ending surgery after getting injured against the Oakland Raiders.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Mostert broke his arm and Moseley dislocated his shoulder in the 34-3 victory Thursday night. Both players have been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season.
Old coaching colleagues meet as rivals in Battle of the Bay
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyle Shanahan was looking to get into the NFL as an assistant coach more than a decade ago, his father, Mike, called Jon Gruden and asked him to hire his son for an entry-level job in Tampa.
Shanahan joined the Buccaneers as a quality control coach in 2004 on Gruden's staff and got his introduction to pro football on a staff that featured five assistants who have gone on to get head coaching jobs in the NFL.
49ers QB C.J. Beathard could miss game with injured wrist
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard missed practice with an injured right wrist that could keep him out of Thursday night's game against the Oakland Raiders.
"His wrist hurts," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He's struggling today to hold a ball. So, we'll see how he is tomorrow."
49ers doomed by another close loss
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Allowing a rookie quarterback to lead two fourth-quarter touchdown drives and then botching a snap to cost a team a chance to get into range for a game-tying field goal might seem a bit improbable.
For the San Francisco 49ers, games like that have become far too typical in two years under coach Kyle Shanahan.
49ers founder late in 18-15 loss to Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — C.J. Beathard lined up in the shotgun with 7 seconds left, hoping to get one more completion to set up a potential tying field goal.
He and the 49ers never got the chance.
The snap sailed over Beathard's head and San Francisco's chances went with it, punctuating a disheartening 18-15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
49ers, Cardinals match ugly 1-6 records in NFC West game
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — One thing for certain about Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals: No team in the NFL will have a worse record than the team that loses this one.
The 49ers and Cardinals stagger into the game at 1-6. San Francisco has lost five in a row since its lone win of the season, a victory over Detroit on Sept. 16, back before quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Arizona's lone win came at San Francisco on Oct. 7.
LB Reuben Foster struggles in year 2 for 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Reuben Foster was one of the few bright spots as a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers, flashing the ability that made him look like a defensive building block for years to come.
After an offseason of legal issues and a two-game suspension to start this season, Foster has been unable to deliver in year two for the 49ers (1-6) and is a contributing factor in the team's defensive struggles.
49ers safety Colbert likely out for season with ankle injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers free safety Adrian Colbert likely will miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain he suffered Sunday.
The 49ers placed Colbert on injured reserve Monday and signed quarterback Tom Savage to a one-year contract to take his roster spot.
Coach Kyle Shanahan estimated Colbert would be sidelined for six to eight weeks. He would be eligible to come off IR for the 49ers' second-to-last game, at home against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 23.
Old friends Shanahan, McVay square off when 49ers face Rams
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan arrived as head coaches in the NFC West together last year as longtime friends and colleagues tasked with revitalizing struggling franchises.
49ers offense making strides under CJ Beathard
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Beathard went toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay for nearly 60 minutes before the San Francisco 49ers fell just short at the end of another tough loss.
Despite playing with a backup quarterback with starter Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined for the season, the 49ers offense has shown signs of being productive of late even if it hasn't led to wins.
49ers have little time to dwell on Packers loss with LA next
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have little time to dwell on a heartbreaking loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The Niners have to immediately shift their focus to another tough test with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams coming to town on Sunday.
49ers RB Breida likely ‘doubtful’ due to ankle sprain
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The injury news could have been worse regarding Matt Breida, but it appears the San Francisco 49ers will be without their top running back for at least one game.
Breida underwent an MRI on Monday that showed a "serious sprain" to his left ankle, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. That likely will sideline Breida for next Monday night's game at Green Bay.
5 turnovers plague 49ers in 28-18 loss to Cardinals
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The stat sheet couldn't have been more lopsided. The San Francisco 49ers had decided edges in yards, first downs, time of possession and just about every other statistical category except one and ended on the losing end against Arizona.
That's what committing five turnovers and getting no takeaways will do.
49ers impressed by Cardinals rookie QB Rosen after 1 start
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan took only a cursory look at Josh Rosen in his draft preparation last spring because the 49ers already had franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in place.
Injuries to QB, O-line, receivers put 49ers’ roster in flux
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are so banged up, they're not even sure which holes to fill first.
Three of San Francisco's five starting offensive linemen — left tackle Joe Staley, center Weston Richburg and right tackle Mike McGlinchey — suffered knee injuries during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that leave them questionable for this weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Niners unsure of status of top RBs Breida and Morris
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers still aren't certain about the availability of their top two running backs for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
49ers lose QB Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending knee injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season.
The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season.
Chiefs, 49ers heading in opposite directions through 3 weeks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are on an upward trajectory, their blistering start spearheaded by a young, transcendent quarterback in Patrick Mahomes who is already setting NFL records.
The San Francisco 49ers are the opposite in every way.
49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan was watching as Jimmy Garoppolo scrambled toward the 49ers sideline and, rather than safely duck out of bounds, stepped back to his right and took a wicked shot from Steven Nelson.
At first, the San Francisco coach thought his quarterback had sustained a concussion.
Turns out it may have been a season-ending knee injury.
49ers fortunate to escape with 1st win after near collapse
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly squandering a 17-point fourth quarter lead left a sour taste in the mouths of the San Francisco 49ers following their first win of the season.
San Francisco held on for a 30-27 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a game that they seemed to have wrapped up before needing a favorable penalty call to escape.
Rookie wide receiver Pettis in for Goodwin for 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With Marquise Goodwin being ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit, San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis is slated for his first NFL start.
Coach Kyle Shanahan made that announcement Friday after Goodwin missed the entire week of practice with a bruised thigh suffered in last week's loss at Minnesota.
49ers need to sort out banged-up offensive line
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of holes to fill before their Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions — starting on the offensive line.
Two right guards were lost to injury in Sunday's 24-16 loss at Minnesota. The good news for San Francisco is that none of the injuries the team suffered Sunday appear to be season-ending.
Garoppolo finally takes loss, as 49ers fall to Vikings 24-16
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sooner or later, Jimmy Garoppolo was going to lose a game.
This was his toughest test yet as San Francisco's starting quarterback, facing a fierce Minnesota defense that refused to let him pass.
Shanahan, Cousins didn’t reunite, but 49ers, Vikes set at QB
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Kyle Shanahan took over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers last year, his top priority was acquiring the type of quarterback he could try to help mold into the star this franchise of Joe Montana and Steve Young has lacked for so long.
Before the 49ers got Jimmy Garoppolo, Shanahan and general manager John Lynch had their eyes on Kirk Cousins.
SAN FRANCISCO (0-0) at MINNESOTA (0-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE - Vikings by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 9-7, Minnesota 12-4
SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 23-22-1
LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Vikings 20-3, Sept. 14, 2015
AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 15, Vikings No. 3
49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (21), PASS (9)
49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (22), PASS (22)
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (7), PASS (11)
Garoppolo poised to build off late-season success for 49ers
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When Jimmy Garoppolo got thrown into the lineup as San Francisco's quarterback just weeks after joining the 49ers, simply getting a play off in time was an accomplishment.
Garoppolo overcame that limited knowledge of coach Kyle Shanahan's offense to put together an impressive 5-0 finish to the season as one of the NFL's most productive quarterbacks down the stretch.
49ers temper expectations after 5-0 run to end 2017 season
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers sure are getting a lot of attention for a team coming off a six-win season that hasn't even sniffed the playoffs the past four years.
That's what a season-ending five-game winning streak and the presence of a potential franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo will do.
One group not buying into all the hype is in the San Francisco locker room.
49ers RB Jerick McKinnon suffers season-ending knee injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will miss the entire season after tearing the ACL in his right knee on the final play of practice Saturday.
McKinnon took part in his first day of team drills since injuring his right calf Aug. 9 before going down with a much more significant injury.
"He made a cut on air, no one was around him," coach Kyle Shanahan said before the MRI determined the severity of the injury. "He went down. It looked awkward."