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49ers' Dee Ford aggravated knee injury; Nick Bosa getting healthier

49ers' Dee Ford aggravated knee injury; Nick Bosa getting healthier

SANTA CLARA — Defensive end Dee Ford miss the second half of the 49ers' 41-17 rout of the Bengals after he aggravated the knee injury that bothered him during the offseason

Coach Kyle Shanahan explained that no decision has been made about Ford’s availability for the 49ers' matchup with the Steelers on Sunday, but the team will monitor his situation throughout the week. 

“Yes, yep, the same area,” Shanahan said. “Quad, knee area. He’s still hurting today. We’ll see how he is for practice on Wednesday. I don’t have anything new to update today, but practice will definitely be in question for Wednesday.”

Ford was announced as questionable to return late in the second quarter of Sunday's game. He later spent some time on the stationary bike and then stood near the substitues with his helmet on, prepared to go back into the game if needed. With the 49ers in firm control of the game, Ford ended up not playing in the second half. 

The 49ers used each of their nine active defensive linemen on a fairly even rotation in Cincinnati. The heat and humidity were a factor in trying to keep everyone one fresh on the field.

Out of 70 total defensive snaps, here are each player’s totals

Arik Armstead -- 43
DJ Jones -- 37
Ronald Blair -- 35
DeForest Buckner -- 34
Solomon Thomas -- 33
Nick Bosa -- 31
Dee Ford -- 25
Sheldon Day -- 24
Jullian Taylor -- 21

While Ford is ailing, No. 2 overall draft pick Nick Bosa seems to be taking a positive step. After missing most of the practices in Youngstown, Ohio, Bosa’s ankle seems to be on the mend.

“He came out healthy,” Shanahan said. “Healthier than the week before. Sometimes when you come back with a high ankle sprain you always get a few setbacks in those games. I know he did versus Tampa, but he didn’t complain of any yesterday. 

“Didn’t play as much. We were playing him less on purpose and then we took out most of our starters there in the fourth quarter. I think it worked out well. He was able to affect the game and get out healthier than he did the week before.”

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Shanahan explained that as usual they will monitor all of their player’s health. Their practice time and game time will be planned accordingly.

The early Week 4 bye can't get here soon enough for the 49ers.

How 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo can enter NFL record books vs. Falcons

How 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo can enter NFL record books vs. Falcons

So ... is Jimmy Garoppolo still the 49ers' weak link?

He the sure hasn't been playing like it.

After tearing his ACL last season, it took Garoppolo some time to get fully comfortable on the football field. But as the season has drawn on, the 49ers quarterback has gotten better each week and has been the definition of deadly over the last month. As a result, Garoppolo has a chance to enter rare NFL company Sunday when the 49ers welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Levi's Stadium.

Garoppolo picked the Saints apart in Week 14, going 26-for-35 for 349 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 131.7 passer rating in the 49ers' 48-46 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That performance marked the fourth consecutive game in which Garoppolo has completed at least 70 percent of his passes and compiled a passer rating of 110 or higher. That is even more impressive when you think about the conditions the 49ers and Ravens played in during Baltimore's Week 13 win. 

Should Jimmy G hit those two marks against the Falcons on Sunday, he'll tie Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes for the longest such streak of games during a single NFL season. Wilson had five straight games during the 2015 season, while Mahomes did the same last season.

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Garoppolo has been playing better and better each week as the 49ers continue their march to the No. 1 seed in the NFC and Jimmy G should be able to put up solid numbers Sunday as the Falcons. Atlanta has the NFL's 24th ranked pass defense, allowing 258.4 yards per game and opposing QBs are completing 67.7 percent of their passes against the Falcons secondary.

So there's no reason to think Jimmy G will be slowed down Sunday.

Why Kyle Juszczyk's wife was upset with 49ers' Matt Breida on Sunday

Why Kyle Juszczyk's wife was upset with 49ers' Matt Breida on Sunday

SANTA CLARA -- Fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s wife, Kristin, was watching the 49ers’ game Sunday on a flight from New York to the Bay Area when she saw her husband sustain an injury after catching a short pass in the fourth quarter.

“Immediately when I went down, she started crying,” Juszczyk said. “And, then, when I got up ... "

When Juszczyk got up following the penalized hit from New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Kristin saw something on the screen that made her direct her emotions toward 49ers running back Matt Breida.

“Oh, my, God, my wife freaked out,” Juszczyk said, laughing.

“When I got up, Breida hit me on the head, and she’s like, ‘I could f--king kill you, Breida!’ Classic.”

Breida was shown on live TV patting Juszczyk on his helmet several times as the 49ers’ fullback left the field en route to the medical tent for a mandatory concussion evaluation.

Inside the tent, Juszczyk was asked questions and tested for eye movement and stability. He did not experience any concussion symptoms and returned to the game.

“Luckily, my head was OK, so it didn’t matter,” Juszczyk said of his Breida’s ill-advised gesture of support.

Immediately after absorbing the hit, Juszczyk grabbed at his helmet with both hands.

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“Honestly, it just kind of scared me,” he said. “You take that hit, and it did hurt my neck. So I just reached back there.”

Juszczyk said he still feels as if he was in a car accident, but his neck is feeling better due to a lot of treatment, including acupuncture. He was a full participant in the 49ers’ practice on Wednesday.