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Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

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Armstead to undergo surgery on broken hand, out indefinitely

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be out indefinitely with a broken hand, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

“He’s going to need surgery, so it’s going to be some time,” Shanahan said of Armstead, the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2015 draft.

The 49ers will discuss placing Armstead of injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least eight weeks. The 49ers will also be without defensive end Aaron Lynch this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Lynch is week-to-week with a calf strain.

“The more guys you lose, the less you like that depth,” Shanahan said. “Losing Arik, which could be some time. We’ll have to discuss IR. We have to do that over the next couple of days. We know we’re going to have Lynch out, too, for at least a week or most likely more. That takes away two guys who were helping.”

The 49ers might make a roster move to add a defensive lineman to their 53-man roster. The 49ers also expect outside linebacker/defensive end Dekoda Watson to return to action this week after missing two weeks with a groin strain.

Hoyer understands 49ers' move to Beathard, plans to stay ready just in case

Hoyer understands 49ers' move to Beathard, plans to stay ready just in case

The move to rookie C.J. Beathard as the 49ers’ starting quarterback is intended to be for the remainder of the season. But Brian Hoyer knows things can always change.

Hoyer, who played ineffectively after winning the starting job in the offseason, was benched on Sunday in the second quarter against Washington. The winless 49ers are Hoyer’s seventh team in nine NFL seasons, so he is familiar with rejection.

“I’ve been in this situation before and C.J. is a great kid, so I’ll be there every day trying to help him as much as I can,” Hoyer said.

“Also, the other thing is, you never know what’s going to happen – injuries and stuff like that. Obviously, you never wish that upon people but that’s what happened to me in Houston and I was right back in a few weeks later. So you’ve always got to stay ready and just be ready to do your job.”

Hoyer started for the Texans in Week 1 of 2015. Ryan Mallett took over in Week 2, but Hoyer returned to the starting lineup in Week 6.

Coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go with Beathard after Hoyer completed just four of his 11 pass attempts for 34 yards in four offensive possessions. The 49ers managed just two first downs (one by penalty) and 39 yards with Hoyer in the game.

“I can understand what Kyle did,” Hoyer said. “He tried to change some things up. I thought C.J. came in and gave those guys some life a little bit.

“It’s part of the job and, unfortunately, when you don’t play as well as you like, and your offense doesn’t play as well as you like, he’s forced to make that decision. I have the utmost respect for Kyle and I knew he was firm on his decision and I just went about trying to support C.J. as best I could.”

Beathard completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown – a 45-yard strike to Aldrick Robinson – and one interception on a desperation fourth-down attempt on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the game.

Beathard said he felt a lot of support from all of his teammates during the 49ers’ 26-24. The 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter.

“It was awesome,” said Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa. “I think this team showed a lot of fight and battled hard until the end. But (we) just couldn’t get the job done. We are going to come back and get back to work on Monday and Tuesday. We have another one this week (at Levi’s Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys), so hopefully we can get a win.”

Snap count: In first game without Bowman, Coyle struggles to fill void

Snap count: In first game without Bowman, Coyle struggles to fill void

The release of veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman forced Brock Coyle onto the field for every defensive snap of the 49ers’ 26-24 loss Sunday to Washington.

Coyle and free safety Jimmie Ward played all 74 defensive plays for the 49ers' defense.

Coyle struggled in pass coverage while making the start in Bowman’s old position. According to Pro Football Focus, Coyle allowed six catches on seven passes he defended for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Fellow inside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong also had his difficulties, allowing catches on all five targets for 136 yards.

Rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon also saw his most playing time on the season, as he rotated into the game at various times to replace starters Dontae Johnson and Rashard Robinson. Witherspoon played 34 snaps.

Eric Reid was cleared to play, but saw action on just 10 plays, as Jaquiski Tartt held onto his starting job at strong safety for at least another week.

Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas played more than any other 49ers defensive lineman and he responded with a strong game. Thomas was on the field for 68 of the 49ers’ 74 defensive plays. He recorded his second sack of the season and have five run stops, according to PFF.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(72 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 54, Brian Hoyer 18
Running back – Carlos Hyde 56, Matt Breida 17, Raheem Mostert 1
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 61, Pierre Garçon 60, Trent Taylor 44, Aldrick Robinson 15, Victor Bolden 3
Tight end – George Kittle 66, Garrett Celek 30, Logan Paulsen 3, Cole Hikutini 2
Offensive line – Joe Staley 72, Trent Brown 72, Daniel Kilgore 72, Brandon Fusco 72, Laken Tomlinson 72, Garry Gilliam 2

DEFENSE
(74 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 68, DeForest Buckner 61, Earl Mitchell 49, Xavier Cooper 32, Arik Armstead 22, D.J. Jones 18, Aaron Lynch 18, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Brock Coyle 74, Ray-Ray Armstrong 61, Eli Harold 48, Elijah Lee 4, Mark Nzeocha 2
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 56, Rashard Robinson 53, K’Waun Williams 41, Ahkello Witherspoon 34
Safety – Jimmie Ward 74, Jaquiski Tartt 73, Eric Reid 10, Adrian Colbert 1

SPECIAL TEAMS
(30 plays)
Lee 21, Colbert 19, Harold 19, Paulsen 19, Mostert 19, Nzeocha 18, Celek 16, Witherspoon 16, Bradley Pinion 14, Bolden 13, Pita Taumoepenu 12, Johnson 12, Kyle Nelson 11, Tartt 9, Jones 9, Hikutini 8, Ward 7, Robbie Gould 6, Coyle 6, Breida 6, Mitchell 6, Thomas 6, Buckner 6, Reid 6, Zane Beadles 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Armstrong 4, Gilliam 4, R.Robinson 4, Taylor 4, Armstead 3, Tomlinson 1

DID NOT PLAY
None

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Leon Hall
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
OL Erik Magnuson