Optimism over Walker's return for 49ers-Giants


Optimism over Walker's return for 49ers-Giants

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker suggested several days ago that he could play for the first time since suffering two fractures in his jaw in the second-to-last game of the season against Seattle.

Walker posted the following on his Twitter account @Dwalk46 last Sunday.

"Just got a lil workout in I'm so ready to pad up on Sun"

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco's coach, responded with was cautious optimism.

"That would be our hope, too" Harbaugh said in his Wednesday press conference. "We'll have to wait and see. Today would be his first practice and we'll see how he responds to today's work, to today's treatment. We'll know more tomorrow and more the next day and ultimately it will be in the doctor's hands."

Harbaugh pointed out what the Giants and 49ers already know -- that Walker's presence on the field presents matchup problems for defenses, and creates opportunity in the passing game for other players. Walker led all San Francisco receivers with six catches for 69 yards in the first meeting between the teams, a 27-20 49ers win in November.

"We'd much prefer to have Delanie out there," Harbaugh said. "He is a great football player, first and foremost. He is smart, physical, intelligent, play-making ability. That's not to say that the next guy that steps up doesn't have some of those same qualities -- certainly Justin Peelle has filled that role very well."

Walker had three TD receptions this season and is a key component of San Francisco's offense. The most memorable was his short score to defeat the unbeaten Lions in November.

With under two minutes remaining, quarterback Alex Smith hit Walker on a quick slant and Walker hauled safety Louis Delmas the final yards into the end zone.

Will he have a chance Sunday to make another game-saving play against the Giants?

We'll see how he comes back tomorrow after running around out there and then the doctors will make that decision," Harbaugh said.

49ers waive linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong


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.

S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017


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.