Inactives: 49ers' Lynch, Dial out vs Dolphins

Inactives: 49ers' Lynch, Dial out vs Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Wide receiver Torrey Smith will return to action, but the 49ers will not have either outside linebacker Aaron Lynch or defensive lineman Quinton Dial available Sunday to face the Miami Dolphins.

Smith missed the first game of his six-year NFL career last week due to a shoulder injury. Smith ranks fifth on the 49ers with 17 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Cornerback Jimmie Ward, who sustained a concussion last week against the New England Patriots, cleared the NFL's return-to-play concussion protocol and will play in the game.

Lynch has been ruled out for the fourth consecutive game due to a high-ankle sprain. Lynch has appeared in just three games this season. He served a four-game suspension to begin the season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.

Eli Harold will start in place of Lynch, while Tony Jerod-Eddie gets the call to replace Dial in the starting lineup, the 49ers announced. The 49ers enter the game with the league's 32nd-ranked defense.

Dial saw limited practice time this week due to knee and neck issues. He was listed as questionable before the 49ers made the decision 90 minutes prior to game time to deactivate him.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones and safety Vinnie Sunseri, newly promoted from the practice squad, will make their season debuts with the 49ers. Jones, a four-year veteran, was claimed off waivers from the Dolphins on Nov. 8.

The Dolphins will not have three of their starting offensive linemen available for Sunday’s game. Left tackle Branden Albert (wrist), left guard Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) were all announced as inactive for the game.

QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Quinton Dial

CB Jordan Lucas
CB Xavien Howard
C Mike Pouncey
T Laremy Tunsil
T Branden Albert
TE Thomas Duarte
DT Leon Orr

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”