Cornerback Brown listed as questionable


Cornerback Brown listed as questionable

SANTA CLARA -- Starting cornerback Tarell Brown is questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after he "bumped" his knee in practice Friday, according to a team spokesman.The 49ers secondary figures to be challenged at Candlestick Park. Longtime nemesis Larry Fitzgerald ranks sixth in the NFL in receiving yards with 792 yards and five touchdowns on 45 catches.Brown's status for the game will be determined Sunday morning. If he is unable to play, rookie Chris Culliver might get his first NFL start. But Culliver said he expects Brown to be on the field.
"Tarell's a strong person," Culliver said. "I don't think he's going to miss (the game). He's strong and competitive. Whatever his injury is, he's going to work through it."Veteran Shawntae Spencer has years of experience success against Fitzgerald, a former teammate at the University of Pittsburgh. But Spencer has been inactive the past two games as the 49ers' No. 5 cornerback behind starters Brown and Carlos Rogers, as well as Culliver and Tramaine Brock.Regardless of whether Culliver starts or enters in nickel situations, he expects the Cardinals to attack him."It's going to be the same thing every week, week-in and week-out," Culliver said. "I'm a rookie and I'm playing, so I feel like anybody and everybody is going to go after me. Why not? I'm just going to keep rising to the occasion and try to make a play."Running back Frank Gore is healthy and will play Sunday, he said. Gore did not carry the ball in the second half of the 49ers' 27-20 win over the New York Giants on Sunday with a right knee injury.For the Cardinals, John Skelton is expected to start at quarterback for Kevin Kolb, who has missed two games with a toe injury. Outside linebacker Joey Porter and safety Kerry Rhodes have officially been ruled out for the game.49ERS INJURY REPORT
Questionable: CB Tarell Brown (knee), RB Frank Gore (knee), DT Ray McDonald (hamstring)
Probable: LB NaVorro Bowman (neck), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)CARDINALS INJURY REPORT
Out: OLB Joey Porter (knee), S Kerry Rhodes (foot).
Questionable: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), T Jeremy Bridges (back), TE Todd Heap (hamstring), TE Rob Housler (groin), T Brandon Keith (knee), QB Kevin Kolb (toe), ILB Paris Lenon (groin), FB Anthony Sherman (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee).
Probable: LB Stewart Bradley (ribs), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (shoulder).

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.