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.

John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'


John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.

General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.

“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.

“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’

“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”

Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.