Gore will start for 49ers


Gore will start for 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have five cornerbacks active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.Tarell Brown, whose right knee bothered him late in the week, and veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer are both in uniform for the game Sunday.
Veteran safety Madieu Williams is inactive for the first time this season. Williams started the first two games of the season but has been relegated to special-teams play for several weeks.Running back Frank Gore (knee) will start and see his usual workload. The 49ers announced no lineup changes.Brown appeared on the 49ers' injury report Friday with a "banged-up" knee but he will be in uniform for the game.Spencer, an eight-year veteran, will also be available to help out against Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Spencer and Fitzgerald were college teammates at Pitt. And Spencer has played well in the past against Fitzgerald.Spencer has not had any significant role since the 49ers' Week 4 game at Philadelphia. He sustained a hyperextended toe -- commonly known as "turf toe." He played a couple snaps against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 16, but did not play against the Cleveland Browns, and was inactive for the 49ers' past two games.49ers inactives: S Madieu Williams, FB Moran Norris, WR Brett Swain, QB Scott Tolzien, OL Daniel Kilgore, OL Mike Person, DL Ian Williams. Quarterback John Skelton will get his third start in a row, as Kevin Kolb (toe) is one of the Cardinals inactive players.Cardinals inactives: QB Kevin Kolb, WR Stephen Williams, FS Kerry Rhodes, LB Joey Porter, T D'Anthony Batiste, TE Rob Housler, TE Todd Heap.In addition to Skelton starting for Kolb, the Cardinals other lineup changes are:--Tight end Jeff King for Heap.--Rookie Sam Acho at right outside linebacker for Joey Porter.--Rashad Johnson at free safety for Rhodes.

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.