49ers' Lee wearing protective thumb brace, injury updates


49ers' Lee wearing protective thumb brace, injury updates

SANTA CLARA -- NFL injury reports are not released until Wednesday, but it's possible that punter Andy Lee's name is included when this week's is published. He wore a protective splint favoring his right thumb in the 49ers locker room Tuesday.

Are there any doubts about being able to play against the Lions on Sunday?

"No, not in my mind," Lee said after indicating he was not allowed to talk about it. It's important the hand is healthy, as Lee uses it as the 49ers' place holder for extra points and field goals.

Lee suffered the injury while attempting to tackle Packers return man Randall Cobb in the 49ers' 30-22 win. The kicker seemed equally concerned that his special teams unit allowed a touchdown after going all last season without doing so.
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Cobb's 75-yard touchdown return wasn't without its controversy, though. There appeared to be a number of blatant Green Bay blocks in the back -- most notably on Anthony Dixon -- that sprung Cobb.

Lee was diplomatic in his assessment, avoiding commentary about the officiating.

"I think I could have hit a little higher punt," Lee said. "But then again, I think we had some decent position on it. I think the guys did a decent job and there was just some, uh, things that were there that, uh, I guess caused them not to be able to get into their positions. I can't speak for any calls that were made.

"It's good that it happens early," Lee said. "It's something we can learn from and move forward this year, all of us."
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Lee averaged 51.2 yards in his first five punts of 2012, pinning three of them within the Packers' 20-yard line.

Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn, both of whom missed Sunday's game, each appeared healthy in the 49ers locker room on Tuesday.

"Feels good," Jacobs said, "No updates."

At one point, Jacobs stormed through the locker room curtains like a new sheriff in an old western town, turned to a young man that his intimidating figure towered over and growled, "What are you looking at?" before cracking a smile as he bounded off on his way.

Left guard Mike Iupati appeared to be limping and favoring his right leg after the win Sunday, but he looked limber in the locker room and had nothing to say about any injuries.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017


What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season


Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

SANTA CLARA – The two quarterbacks who finish this season with the 49ers are probably going to be the same two quarterbacks the organization carry on their 2018 roster.

So every decision coach Kyle Shanahan makes with C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo is being made to consider what is best for those two players.

Shanahan made the expected announcement this week that Beathard will make his fifth consecutive start on Sunday when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Beathard is coming off his best game as a pro. He was a major contributor to the 49ers’ first victory of the season, throwing for 288 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. His performance seemingly did enough to earn him another start.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo pulled up to 49ers headquarters on Oct. 31 with no prior knowledge of Shanahan’s offensive system. Even as a rookie, Beathard has five more months of experience in the 49ers’ offense than Garoppolo, a four-year professional who made just two starts during his time with the New England Patriots.

“We’ve had C.J. in there for some time,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting more used to it, and I’m getting more used to him. The players are getting more used to him around him. It’s been nice to add a few things each week for him.”

General manager John Lynch reiterated this week he considers Garoppolo the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. Garoppolo is not under contract for next season. If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year extension, the club would be expected to designate him as their franchise player to retain him for the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is likely to get some playing time in the final six games of the season, but the 49ers have every reason to take their time in order to give him the best chance at success. On the first three days of the bye week, Garoppolo had a chance to go back to the beginning and learn the basics of the scheme in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and Shanahan.

Shanahan’s scheme is complex with unique verbiage and an abundance of adjustments that are required on any given play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan took a step backward in his first season in Shanahan's scheme. The next year, Ryan was a runaway MVP winner with a career-high 38 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.

It took Ryan a full season of experience with Shanahan to fully grasp his responsibilities, so it is unreasonable to believe Garoppolo would be able to do much more than just function if he gets onto the field for extended action.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He just hasn’t been here long enough, and I think he’ll get an opportunity to be better each week.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year because that’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely, to me, made the decision easier.”