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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 20-10 loss vs Cardinals

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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 20-10 loss vs Cardinals

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 on Sunday:

1. MORE OF THE SAME
The 49ers may envision Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt as the team’s long-term starters at the safety positions. But in back-to-back weeks, Ward and Tartt sustained nearly identical season-ending injuries.

X-rays confirmed Tartt on Sunday sustained a fractured forearm. A week earlier, Ward sustained a fractured forearm. Ward was placed on injured reserve before the team’s Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Tartt is likely heading to the injured list, too.

Eric Reid, who was scheduled for free agency and faces an uncertain future, will have the final seven games to earn his way back on the team for 2018 and beyond. Rookie Adrian Colbert will also get plenty of experience as the 49ers play out the string.

The 49ers also are short-handed at wide receiver. Pierre Garçon on Saturday went on injured reserve with a fracture of a small bone in his neck. That injury should not impact his 2018 season, as the recovery is expected to take only eight weeks.

But, now, slot receiver Trent Taylor is likely to miss some time. He sustained a ribs injury – believed to be cracked ribs -- that could keep him out of action indefinitely.

2. BEATHARD SHOWS HIS TOUGHNESS
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is showing plenty of toughness. But the 49ers would like it if he did not have to show this much toughness.

Beathard took a pounding on Sunday behind the 49ers’ makeshift offensive line that consisted of Trent Brown at left tackle and undrafted rookie Erik Magnuson at right tackle.

Beathard absorbed 16 quarterback hits, including five sacks. And late in the game, when Beathard broke out of the pocket on a scramble, Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea lowered the boom with a hit to Beathard’s neck and head area while the quarterback was in a feet-first slide.

Bethea’s hit warranted a penalty and also prompted a fight, during which Cardinals defensive players Frostee Rucker and Haason Reddick were ejected, along with 49ers running back Carlos Hyde.

General manager John Lynch appeared to like Hyde’s willingness to mix it up in defense of a teammate. Lynch enthusiastically slapped hands with Hyde after his ejection and shouted, “Good job!”

3. GAROPPOLO ON STANDBY
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrived in the Bay Area from New England on Tuesday. After three practices, he was in uniform and ready to enter Sunday’s game at a moment’s notice.

But Beathard made it through the game without being forced to exit. Therefore, Garoppolo was not called upon. It appears likely Garoppolo will remain as the backup at least through the bye week.

But Garoppolo said he felt good about his first week with the 49ers as he adjusts to a new offense and a new community.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s starting to slow down, though,” Garoppolo said. “Everything, from a logistical side of life and football, is starting to slow down. So that’s nice.”

Garoppolo getting to know new 49ers teammates without coaches around

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Garoppolo getting to know new 49ers teammates without coaches around

Although the first two weeks of the NFL offseason program are limited to strength and conditioning training, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has already gotten an opportunity to play with a couple of his new toys.

Garoppolo has taken part in throwing sessions during the week at the team’s facility, where coaches are not allowed on the field with the players until next week. On the weekends, he has organized additional activities with his teammates at a park in the South Bay.

“We had our first one this weekend,” Garoppolo said on Monday at Levi’s Stadium after another day of workouts. “It’s just something that I like to do. It kinds of gets us away from the coaches and everything, and allows me to talk to the receivers about specific things, or the tight ends or running backs.

“We try to get everyone out there that we can. I understand people have things that they have to get to. But we had a great showing this Saturday. It was good. Just to be on the same page with those guys, talking through route concepts and how they see it versus how I see it. It just gets us on the same page.”

Among the players who have taken part in the sessions are wide receiver Pierre Garçon and running back Jerick McKinnon, likely to be among the team’s top pass-catchers this season.

Garoppolo’s five starts with the 49ers came after Garçon was sidelined with a neck injury after eight games. Garçon was on pace for a 1,000-yard season before going on injured reserve. The 49ers targeted McKinnon as an upgrade over Carlos Hyde due to his playmaking ability, including catching passes out of the backfield.

McKinnon and center Weston Richburg were players the 49ers front office heavily pursued and signed on the first day of free agency. They were the first major pieces the 49ers added after signing Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract in February.

“Those are good guys,” Garoppolo said. “They fit what we’re trying to do here and they work hard, so when you bring that to the table, it’s always good.”

Garoppolo is continuing in his first offseason with the 49ers something he said he began during his days at Rolling Meadows High School in a northwest suburb of Chicago.

”It’s one of those things, when the coaches aren’t there you kind of see a different side of guys,” Garoppolo said. “They open up a little bit or tell you how they see a concept compared to how it is written in the book. Just a little bit at a time for us to talk through things, I guess.”

Lynch: If charges are proven true, Reuben Foster 'won't be part of our organization'

Lynch: If charges are proven true, Reuben Foster 'won't be part of our organization'

Despite facing two felony charges for domestic violence and one felony for possession of an assault weapon, linebacker Reuben Foster is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

While Foster won't participate in the team's offseason program, he hasn't been cut.

On Monday, 49ers GM John Lynch addressed Foster's future with the team while talking to the media in Santa Clara. Lynch said he was speaking for CEO Jed York, the York ownership family and coach Kyle Shanahan.

"As you all know and as our release indicated, we take the gravity of these charges . . . has not been lost on us. We take it extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now, that we are going to learn things through this legal process. But I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won't be part of our organization going forward. That's the standard we want on our team, that's the standard we are going to operate under," Lynch said.

In a statement to announce criminal charges on April 12, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office stated the alleged victim told responding officers that Foster hit her eight to 10 times in the head during the Feb. 11 incident in Los Gatos. The DA's office said the woman was bruised and sustained a ruptured ear drum.

Lynch said the 49ers were surprised by the seriousness of the allegations made by the DA’s office. But he said he does not believe the 49ers have enough information to make an informed decision on Foster, who is not taking part in the club’s offseason program.

“We just feel right now that we don’t have all the information,” Lynch said. “Everyone looks at that and says, ‘The DA’s has levied charges, how is that not enough information?’ I would tell you that each one of these cases is unique, and in this case we don’t feel like we have that information, so we’re going to wait and let this play out.”

Lynch said the 49ers are preparing for the possibility that Foster might not play again for the 49ers. He said the club has been in contract with the league office, while also trying to facilitate structure for him outside the organization while his teammates are attending the offseason program.