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Willis expected to miss second game

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Willis expected to miss second game

Four-time Pro Bowl 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is likely to miss his second game with a right hamstring strain after sitting out every 49ers practice this week.The 49ers play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, and Larry Grant is expected to make his second start for Willis at the "jack" linebacker position.Willis is officially listed as "questionable" on the 49ers injury report. Left tackle Joe Staley is also questionable, though he appears to have a better chance of playing. Staley (concussion) went through limited practice Saturday after seeing no practice time earlier in the week.
Receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and fullback Bruce Miller (knee) both saw limited practice time all week and will be available to play Monday. Both players were also listed as questionable.Two significant Steelers offensive players have been ruled out of Monday's game: center Maurkice Pouncey and receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) is questionable. His status will be determined 90 minutes prior to game time.Defensively, outside linebacker James Harrison will miss the game due to a one-game suspension for an illegal hit last week on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy. Safety Troy Polamalu (hamstring) is expected to play.49ERS INJURY REPORT
Questionable: LB Patrick Willis (hamstring), LT Joe Staley (concussion), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), FB Bruce Miller (knee)STEELERS INJURY REPORT
Out: OLB Chris Carter (hamstring), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot)
Questionable: WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring), QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle), CB Curtis Brown (knee)
Probable: S Troy Polamalu (hamstring), OT Marcus Gilbert (illness)

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

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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

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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.