UPDATE: 49ers place Haralson on Injured Reserve


UPDATE: 49ers place Haralson on Injured Reserve

UPDATE: (12:30): To make room on the 53-man roster for recent signee Clark Haggans, the 49ers have placed outside linebacker Parys Harlson on injured reserve.

Coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers feel as if they must hide something when it comes to the status of outside linebacker Parys Haralson.Haralson has not practiced or played -- or been seen by the media -- since the 49ers' exhibition game Aug. 26 at Denver. When he did not suit up for the 49ers exhibition finale, Harbaugh was asked about Haralson's status."He's working through something," Harbaugh said.The next time Harbaugh spoke to the media, he was asked if he expected Haralson to be available for the Green Bay Packers in Week 1."We'll see," Harbaugh answered.Then, he was asked if defensive linemantight end Demarcus Dobbs might get some reps at outside linebacker."That's a possibility," Harbaugh said.It's not clear what Harbaugh or the 49ers -- or Haralson, in particular -- believe they can gain by having this much uncertainty. It's not as if the Packers are going to spend much time game-planning for the 49ers' backup outside linebacker.I've been asked by readers whether Haralson is injured or going through a personal crisis. I can't answer for certain, but I suspect he has a left arm (or wrist) injury.This morning, I went back and re-watched all 29 of Haralson's defensive snaps against the Denver Broncos. His final play looked innocuous enough. He was engaged with Broncos tight end Joel Dressen on a second-quarter play that went another direction.Immediately after the play, Haralson held his left arm or wrist as if he had been injured. He immediately left the game and did not return.The 49ers kept only two healthy outside linebackers -- Aldon Smith, who is now at full strength after missing three exhibition games with a right hip bruise, and Ahmad Brooks -- on their initial 53-man roster.The 49ers finalized a deal Sunday with veteran outside linebacker Clark Haggans. They are expected to make that announcement Monday, at which point the organization must make a corresponding move to clear room on the 53-man roster.(Haggans might have to serve a league suspension at the start of the season after serving jail time in June stemming from a DUI in April 2011, but that's another story.)Conceivably, Haralson could be a candidate for the new NFL rule that allows one player from every team to return to play that season from the injured reserve list. But, in order for Haralson to be eligible to return, the 49ers would have to place him on injured reserve after Tuesday at 1 p.m. In the past, every player on injured reserve was out for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.The new NFL rule states that a player who is eligible to return must be noted as "Designated for Return" at the time the player is placed on injured reserve. The player is ineligible to practice until six weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on the list, and is not eligible to play until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on injured reserve.

Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job


Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job

Ken Norton Jr.'s stay with the 49ers lasted about one week.

Last Monday, the 49ers hired Norton as the assistant head coach -  defense/inside linebackers. But now, he's going to exercise an opt-out in his contract in order to return to the Seahawks to become the defensive coordinator.

Originally reported by the NFL Network and KING 5 News in Seattle, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area the news that Norton was given permission to leave.

"Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position," Shanahan said.

Serving as Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator in Oakland, Norton was fired by the Raiders on Nov. 21. Norton coached the Seattle linebackers from 2010 through 2014.

This past week, Norton sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area to discuss his relationship with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and shared his thoughts on Reuben Foster.

Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots


Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer his backup, but the 49ers quarterback should still be cheering for Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl. 

Well, at least his wallet should. 

Garoppolo earns a big payday if the Patriots win two more games. If the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl, Garoppolo can add $56,000 and another $56,000 if New England wins it all. 

The Patriots play the winner of Jaguars vs Steelers in their seventh straight AFC Championship Game. 

The 26-year-old finished up the last year of his rookie deal this season. He signed a four-year, $3,483,898 contract when the Patriots drafted him in 2014. Garoppolo made a base salary of $434,158 in 2017. 

After leading the 49ers to five straight wins as the team's starting quarterback, the team is expected to try to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract or give him the franchise tag is negotiations hit a snag.