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49ers-Broncos injury report: Marquise Goodwin back after missing two weeks

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49ers-Broncos injury report: Marquise Goodwin back after missing two weeks

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers will look to start Jeff Wilson in the backfield to face the Broncos in Week 14.

After Matt Breida re-aggravated his nagging ankle injury, Wilson took over as the lead back in Seattle. This will be the case on Sunday as well. Alfred Morris could look to return to the field after being a healthy scratch for the past two games. 

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The 49ers do get a player back with D.J. Reed returning to full participation. It couldn’t have come at a better time with Jaquiski Tartt ruled out. Antone Exum Jr. and Marcell Harris will also be in play at the safety position.

The team also had Marquise Goodwin back at practice for the first time after missing two weeks. This will help add another dimension to the 49ers struggling offense. 

The Broncos are dealing with their own injury woes. Cornerback Chris Harris fractured his fibula in Week 13 and receiver Emmanuel Sanders appears to have torn his ACL in practice. 

49ers injury report 

WEDNESDAY
Did not participate 

RB Matt Breida (ankle)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)
LB Dekoda Watson (calf)

Limited

S Antone Exum (knee)
WR Pierre Garcon (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
LB Malcolm Smith (Achilles)
G Laken Tomlinson (hip)

Full participation 

G Joshua Garnett (thumb)
LB Mark Nzeocha (thigh)
S D.J. Reed (heel, chest)

Broncos injury report

Did not participate 

LB Shaquil Barrett (hip)
CB Tramaine Brock (ribs)
CB Chris Harris (lower leg)
DE Derek Wolfe (ribs)

Limited

LB Brandon Marshall (knee)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles)

Full participation 

LB Josey Jewell (ankle)
WR Courtland Sutton (ankle)
 

George Kittle's fantasy stats could dip if 49ers offense finds balance

George Kittle's fantasy stats could dip if 49ers offense finds balance

CINCINNATI – Fantasy football owners who invested a high draft pick in 49ers tight end George Kittle might not be thrilled with Kyle Shanahan’s vision for the season.

Of course, Kittle is still the central focus of the 49ers’ passing game, and he did have two touchdown receptions from Jimmy Garoppolo called back due to penalties in the season-opening win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But Shanahan hopes less Kittle translates into more balance around him for the 49ers’ offense.

“I think he will get a little more (attention) this year, but he dealt with that last year and he can still make a lot of plays when people do that,” Shanahan said of Kittle on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (TV, Ch. 3).

Shanahan said he hopes Kittle benefits from the players around him, such as Garoppolo, the offensive line, the other tight ends, the wide receivers and the running backs. The 49ers also activated running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad on Saturday.

“The better we can balance our offense out, his stats might not be as good, but it will make his job a lot easier,” Shanahan said.

Kittle set the all-time, single-season record for NFL tight ends last season with 1,377 yards on 88 receptions.

He caught eight passes in the 49ers’ season-opening win over the Buccaneers, but he was held to just 54 yards – after his TD catches of 8 and 22 yards were wiped out due to penalties.

[RELATED: 49ers Mailbag -- What is expected from Jason Verrett in return to field?]

The 49ers are looking for production from the wide receivers, especially Dante Pettis, who is expected to see increased playing time on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin started and played the vast majority of the action in Week 1.

Garoppolo was up and down in his first start after missing the final 13 games of last season with a knee injury. In Week 1, Garoppolo completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 166 yards with one touchdown and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

[RELATED: Five 49ers to watch in Week 2: Nothing changes with Matt Breida as lead back]

“When you win, that’s a little easier to deal with because you can go hard on yourself on Monday in watching the film, hard on yourself on Tuesday and then you try to work through it throughout the week,” Shanahan said.

“You try to put him in those same positions, the ones he just missed, and he’s had a good week of practice. I know that he’s happy starting 1-0, and hopefully he and everyone around him, including myself, will be a little bit better tomorrow, and hopefully we can be 2-0 because of it.”

49ers-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 2 game

49ers-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 2 game

Week 1 came and went faster than the timeframe of Antonio Brown's latest helmet deal being taken away. 

The 49ers kicked off the season with a 31-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. San Francisco spent this week sticking to their Community Tuesday's in Youngstown, Ohio and moving on from linebacker Kwon Alexander's hit on Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. 

The NFL didn't forget, however, and fined Alexander $28,075. This was after he received a 15-yard penalty and an ejection from the game. 

But Week 2 brings a new matchup: The Cincinnati Bengals. And according to SportsLine, the Bengals are slightly favored.

[RELATED: York optimistic about improvements he sees in Youngstown]

Line:

Caesars: CIN -2 (-110)
Consensus: CIN -1 (-106)
Westgate: CIN -1 (-110)
Wynn: CIN -2 (-110)

Here's how writers around the country see the 49ers-Bengals matchup shaking out:

Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Bengals 23

Ben Baby, ESPN: 49ers 24, Bengals 17

Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com: 49ers 24, Bengals 23

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Bengals 24, 49ers 20

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Bengals 23, 49ers 20

Vincent Frank, Forbes: 49ers 30, Bengals 17

Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals 24, 49ers 17