Jimmie Ward

NFL fines Ward for helmet-to-helmet hit; Armstrong for roughness penalty


NFL fines Ward for helmet-to-helmet hit; Armstrong for roughness penalty

The NFL fined 49ers safety Jimmie Ward $24,309 for a play on which he was penalized for unnecessary roughness last Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams, according to a league spokesman.

Also, 49ers linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was fined $18,231 for a horse-collar tackle in the same game.

Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald was not fined for a roughing-the-passer penalty that was called on him for his post-pass hit on 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Ward was penalized for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Rams receiver Robert Woods shortly after he made a catch inside the 5-yard line on a quick slant late in the second quarter.

Armstrong’s horse-collar tackle came against Rams receiver Tavon Austin on an end-around in the third quarter.

Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active


Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

SEATTLE – The 49ers have made a change to their offensive line for the team’s game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Laken Tomlinson is in, and Zane Beadles is out.

And the 49ers will also have the services of free safety Jimmie Ward for the first time this season. Ward will be in uniform after missing all of training camp and the first regular-season game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers deactivated rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jaquiski Tartt started at free safety for the 49ers in Week 1.

Tomlinson, acquired Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, will suit up for the first time as a member of the 49ers and start at left guard, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beadles entered the day with 108 consecutive starts, ranking as the No. 2 current streak among guards in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Andy Levitre, who has 129 consecutive starts.

Beadles, 30, has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, in which he has started 111 of the 113 games in which he appeared. Beadles, who struggled throughout training after taking over for Joshua Garnett, surrendered a sack-fumble in the 49ers’ opener against the Carolina Panthers. Garnett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Beadles is active for the game and will serve as a backup at both guard positions and center.

Tomlinson will start at left guard against the Seahawks – just as he did in the Lions’ 26-6 season-ending loss in the NFC wild-card round in January. Tomlinson played all 55 snaps against Seattle.

He graded out as the Lions’ top pass-blocker on the offensive line in that game, allowing just two quarterback hurries in 39 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson, 25, a third-year pro, will make his 25th career start after the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft with the No. 28 overall pick.

Pass-rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ season opener last week, will be in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers inactives
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Ahkello Witherspooon
DB Lorenzo Jerome
LB Pita Taumoepenu
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
DL Xavier Cooper

Tartt starts in place of inactive Ward; Lynch also sits


Tartt starts in place of inactive Ward; Lynch also sits

Safety Jaquiski Tartt made his 15th career start on Sunday in the 49ers' season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium.

Tartt started the game in place of Jimmie Ward, who was inactive due to a hamstring injury that he has battled since a conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

The rest of the 49ers inactives are: CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB Aaron Lynch, LB Pita Taumoepenu, T John Theus, G Laken Tomlinson, WR Victor Bolden.