49ers put LaBoy and Nedney on Injured Reserve

49ers put LaBoy and Nedney on Injured Reserve

Dec. 18, 2010

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have placed LBTravis LaBoy and K Joe Nedney on the Injured Reserve List. The team has promoted TEColin Cloherty and DT Will Tukuafu from the practice squad to the active roster.LaBoy, who played in all 14 games this season and ranked 2nd on the team with 5.0 sacks, suffered a knee injury against the San Diego Chargers on December 16.Nedneyhas been sidelined since suffering a knee injury against the St. LouisRams on November 14. Prior to his injury, he connected on 11 of 13field goal attempts and all 17 PATs this season.Cloherty(6-2, 245) originally entered the league as an undrafted free agentwith the Indianapolis Colts on April 30, 2009. He played in one gamewith the Colts and registered one reception for two yards. Clohertyspent the majority of the 2009 season on the Colts practice squadbefore being signed to their active roster for the season finale. Hewas released by the Colts following training camp this year and wassigned to the 49ers practice squad on October 6.Tukuafu(6-4, 293) signed with the 49ers as a rookie free agent from theUniversity of Oregon on August 12, 2010. He was released followingtraining camp and later signed to the 49ers practice squad on September5. Tukuafu was originally signed earlier this year by the SeattleSeahawks before being released on June 22. Tukuafu totaled 131 tackles,14.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles over thefinal three years of his collegiate career for the Ducks.
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Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Kyle Shanahan is, self admittedly, not a patient person. As he watched quarterback C.J. Beathard run the scout team over the last couple of weeks -- how he visualized an unfamiliar play, went through his progressions and handled the defensive coverages -- the head coach saw rapid improvement every day. But he suppressed any urge to play the rookie before he was ready.

“I tried to wait for the right time for him and the right time for the team,” Shanahan explained.

Down 14-0 to Washington halfway through the second quarter with starter Brian Hoyer struggling, Shanahan knew Beathard’s time had come.

“I felt the team needed it right then,” Shanahan said. “It also made me more confident to do it because I thought he was ready for it, also.”

Moments after the game was over, Shanahan named Beathard the starter. Watching the game tape on the flight home only bolstered his decision.

“By no means was he perfect, missed a couple of things, but that always happens,” Shanahan said. “I thought he came in there, didn’t hesitate, competed. The moment was not too big for him. Made a few plays in rhythm, made a few off schedule plays and was a big reason we got back in that game.”

Beathard led the 49ers on two scoring drives and finished 19-of-36 with 245 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, though it came on fourth-and-20 on his final pass attempt of the game. On his 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, Beathard extended the play when the fifth year receiver wasn’t where he expected him to be.

“He was supposed to go to the post for a certain coverage, and they had a busted coverage, so he just hung out there which is why C.J. didn’t see it right away,” Shanahan explained. “We had enough protection where he could take a couple more hitches. He drove the pocket and saw where Aldrick was, and he didn’t hesitate. Made that throw with that arm strength.”

Shanahan smirked at his not-so-subtle dig at those who questioned Beathard’s arm strength during the draft process. He sees a quarterback who can make all the throws, and make them from the pocket, and scramble when he needs to. All he needs now, Shanahan contends, is experience.

“It’s about playing in the game and reacting to defenses, reacting to coverages, reacting to adjustments. He’s going to see a lot of things he hasn’t seen before, and that will change each week. It will probably change each quarter.”

Helping Beathard continue to grow through those experiences will require patience, but in this situation, it’s the kind the head coach can handle.

“You’re never going to get a quick answer. You see over time, but he’s got the ability to do it. He’s got the mental toughness to do it. I think he will get better the more he plays.”

Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely


Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be out indefinitely with a broken hand, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

“He’s going to need surgery, so it’s going to be some time,” Shanahan said of Armstead, the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 49ers will discuss placing Armstead of injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least eight weeks. The 49ers will also be without defensive end Aaron Lynch this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch is week-to-week with a calf strain.

“The more guys you lose, the less you like that depth,” Shanahan said. “Losing Arik, which could be some time. We’ll have to discuss IR. We have to do that over the next couple of days. We know we’re going to have Lynch out, too, for at least a week or most likely more. That takes away two guys who were helping.”

The 49ers might make a roster move to add a defensive lineman to their 53-man roster. The 49ers also expect outside linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson to return to action this week after missing two weeks with a groin strain.