Safety Eric Reid will miss at least one game with a left knee sprain, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said during a conference call on Monday.
Shanahan said Reid will definitely miss the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium. The injury is likely to keep Reid out of action for more than just one game, Shanahan said. The injury is to the posterior cruciate ligament in Reid's left knee and will not require surgery, according to Shanahan.
Reid was forced to leave Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on three separate occasions. The first time he left the game in the second quarter with a non-contact injury. After the game, Reid said he left the game all three times feeling the same condition in his knee.
"They (the 49ers medical staff) didn't feel that there was anything torn, so he felt it was all right," Shanahan said. "I haven't gotten to talk to him personally, yet, so I'm not exactly sure. But when he checked out, it seemed all right. The X-ray they had looked good, and he said he could go so he kept trying to go and then he had his final straw and said he couldn't go anymore."
The 49ers are not sure about the status of safety Jaquiski Tartt for Thursday's game. Shanahan said Tartt is questionable with a neck injury.
“I know he was hurting today," Shanahan said. "We’ll see how he is when he comes in tomorrow."
Tartt and Reid have started both games. Jimmie Ward returned to action on Sunday after missing all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert are the only other safeties on the 49ers' roster.
The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.
The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.
The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.
McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.
Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.
He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.
Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.
But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.
The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.
“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.
“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”
The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.
In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.
“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”
Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.