SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Torrey Smith will miss the first game of his six-year NFL career due to a shoulder injury.
Smith was declared as one of the 49ers’ seven inactive players for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Levi’s Stadium. Smith appeared in each of his first 89 games since entering the league in 2011 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Smith entered Sunday with the second-longest streak among wide receivers for consecutive games played. Eric Weems of the Atlanta Falcons has played in 129 straight games.
Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 17 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots will play without tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of their top offensive playmakers. Gronkowski has 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns after missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Chris Hogan (back) is also inactive. Hogan has 19 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots’ top two pass-catchers this season were listed as questionable for the game but will suit up and play.
Julian Edelman, who has 48 catches for 457 yards and one touchdown, has a foot condition. And Gronkowski’s replacement, Martellus Bennett, is nursing an ankle injury. Bennett is the Patriots’ second-leading receiver with 38 catches for 504 yards and four touchdowns.
The Patriots deactivated starting right defensive end Jabaal Sheard. He is not injured.
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) was ruled out for the third week in a row for the 49ers. Eli Harold is scheduled to make his seventh start of the season in place of Lynch, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy of substances of abuse to open the season.
Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson is active and will face the Patriots after missing the past two games with a knee injury.
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
WR Torrey Smith
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DT Chris Jones
WR Chris Hogan
DB Justin Coleman
RB D.J. Foster
OL LaAdrian Waddle
DL Woodrow Hamilton
TE Rob Gronkowski
DL Jabaal Sheard