49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair ruled out Sunday vs. Cardinals with concussion


49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair ruled out Sunday vs. Cardinals with concussion

The 49ers on Saturday downgraded rookie linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair to “out” for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The 22-year-old sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. He progressed through the NFL concussion protocol to the point that he participated on a limited basis in practices Thursday and Friday.

Al-Shaair was listed as questionable when the 49ers disclosed their game status report on Friday afternoon. But the 49ers determined on Saturday that Al-Shaair would not be able to gain clearance to play in order to be available to play Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

With Al-Shaair listed as out, the 49ers now have six players listed as out or doubtful to play against the Cardinals.

In addition to Al-Shaair, left tackle Joe Staley (finger) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (groin) are definitely out. Tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle), running back Matt Breida (ankle) and kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) are all doubtful.

Al-Shaair, a rookie from Florida Atlantic, has appeared in all nine games this season. He took over as the team’s starting strong-side linebacker after Dre Greenlaw moved from that position into a starting role due to Kwon Alexander’s season-ending pectoral injury.

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Al-Shaair is one of the team’s core special-teams players. He was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half on a hit from Nick Bellore, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and ’16.

The 49ers will enter Sunday's game with just four active linebackers: Fred Warner, Greenlaw, Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha.

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks


Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcell Harris on Sunday will be back where he ended his rookie season with the 49ers.

Harris will take over as the 49ers’ starter at strong safety with Jaquiski Tartt out for at least one game after sustaining cracked ribs in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Tartt and backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) have been ruled out for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Two of the 49ers’ seldom-used wide receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, are listed as questionable, along with left tackle Joe Staley. Goodwin has knee and foot issues, according to the team, while Pettis has already missed one game with a knee injury.

Staley has missed three games after surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. He is expected to play Sunday.

All other 49ers players, including Dee Ford and Richard Sherman, will be available for Sunday’s game.

Harris started the final five games of his rookie season after being a sixth-round draft pick from Florida in 2018. He did not earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster at the beginning of this season. Harris was promoted from the practice squad in October and has appeared in nine games this season.

“I’m real happy for Marcell,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “He’s gone come a long way, in that he was a very good college player, tore his Achilles his senior year, which really hurt him. That’s why we were able to get him in the draft. It affected him his whole rookie year.

"He’s been able to string together about eight months where he has been healthy, and when you’re made of the right stuff, you have the talent and you can stay healthy, you usually just need the time.”

Harris took over for Tartt on Sunday and made one of the top plays in the game when he took the ball away from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a running play to create a turnover.

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49ers injury report

S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)