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Harbaugh: Willis won't be held back if he's ready

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Harbaugh: Willis won't be held back if he's ready

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh met briefly with the media Friday afternoon before the 49ers departed for St. Louis, where they'll face the Rams on Sunday. Here is the transcript of Harbaugh's Q&A (courtesy of the 49ers' public relations department):Have you guys made a decision yet (on who will fill the open roster spot)?
Harbaugh: "No, we haven't made an announcement yet. We won't until tomorrow, most likely."What's the purpose of waiting until Saturday for that move?
Harbaugh: "Until we know exactly how we want to do it. WR Ted Ginn had a good workout today. We didn't practice him. Held him out. But, he's coming along very well, so we'll see how he responds to that. See how he looks tomorrow. That is the purpose."What about WR Kyle Williams? What's his status?
Harbaugh: "Coming along. He's progressing well. We'll see about that."Was he cleared to do anything this week? Walk through or anything?
Harbaugh: "He's on his progression."Does anybody during the week do punt returns or kick returns besides those two guys? Not this week, but in previous weeks?
Harbaugh: "Yes. There are other guys that do that."You have a steady rotation of guys?
Harbaugh: "Yes. . . We've got other guys doing it, too."Is that a concern at all for you on Sunday; how that's going to be handled?
Harbaugh: "It will be next guy up. Everything is a concern, though."Will you divulge who the next guy up is?
Harbaugh: "It would be Reggie Smith."Would Kendall Hunter be on kickoffs?
Harbaugh: "Kendall would be one of the guys, yes. Chris Culliver would be another."When did you first know about WR Joe Hastings? When did he get on your radar? Was that training camp? What were your initial impressions of him and what you saw?
Harbaugh: "First initial impressions when I first met him, was when we signed college free agents, which was the day they reported for training camp. He's done a nice job. Worked very hard. He competes. Willing, smart."How does a guy that comes in with a bunch of other undrafted guys, how does a guy distinguish himself in training camp above the others?
Harbaugh: "It's competing. Somebody wins, somebody loses. Somebody sticks out more than somebody else. Somebody studies a little harder than the other guy. That's how."You've been so outstanding at protecting the football this year. Is there a certain methodology that goes into that beyond just telling guys to be more cognizant of holding onto the football?
Harbaugh: "Yes, there are other things that go into it other than, Hey guys, let's just take care of the ball today.'"What are some of those things?
Harbaugh: "I think it's the pride that the players have in protecting the football. Understanding situational football. I think it could just be emphasizing your scheme."Do you expect to have Patrick Willis available to you on Sunday?
Harbaugh: "We'll see."If he's ready to go, there's no holding him back?
Harbaugh: "Right, if he's ready to go.

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

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