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Gruden backs 49ers assistant for ASU opening

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Gruden backs 49ers assistant for ASU opening

SANTA CLARA -- Jon Gruden is pitching 49ers linebackers coach Jim Leavitt to replace Dennis Erickson as Arizona State coach."If they can hire a guy better than Jim Leavitt, I hope Arizona State hires him,'' Gruden said on ArizonaSports 620 radio Wednesday night.Erickson, the former 49ers head coach (2003-04) was fired late last month at ASU after five seasons in which he compiled a 31-30 record.
Between the time in 2010 that Leavitt was fired as South Florida coach and before Jim Harbaugh hired him in January to join the 49ers' staff, Leavitt and Gruden met daily at Gruden's office in Tampa, Fla., to watch film and talk football."I've had a chance to not only get to know Jim as a friend, but I've spent a lot of time in the last year or two just talking football with him," Gruden said. "He's passionate, intense. He's proven. The guy built South Florida from a trailer to No. 2 in the country three years ago. He has a different pizzazz about him. You have to meet him. He's very charismatic. I think he's a tremendous recruiter. I think it'd be an unbelievable coup for Arizona State if they could get him."Greg Roman, in his first season as 49ers offensive coordinator, would also be a logical college head-coaching candidate. He said he has not been contacted by any schools with vacancies."I'm focused strictly on this," Roman said.

49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

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49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to clear a roster spot.

The 49ers will activate defensive lineman Tank Carradine from injured reserve, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Carradine missed seven games after sustaining an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 21.

Armstrong started five games for the 49ers early in the season before losing his job. Reuben Foster returned to the starting line after missing time with ankle and ribs injuries. Veteran Brock Coyle has established himself as the starting middle linebacker.

Armstrong ranks second on the 49ers behind Jaquiski Tartt with 53 tackles on the season. He also leads the 49ers with two interceptions. Then-general manager Trent Baalke signed Armstrong to a two-year contract extension last December that included a $500,000 signing bonus.

The 49ers will have their largest group of healthy inactive players on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, right tackle Trent Brown is questionable after sustaining a shoulder injury late in Thursday's practice, Shanahan said.

49ERS INJURY REPORT
Out
S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
Questionable
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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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.