49ers' Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle remain day-to-day for Week 11

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle remain day-to-day for Week 11

SANTA CLARA  — Saying that the absence of George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders had an impact on the 49ers in their 27-24 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night might be one of the biggest understatements of their season thus far. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan just confirmed via conference call that both playmakers will be day-to-day for this week’s practice. They also likely will be game-time decisions for the team’s next matchup against Arizona on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. 

Sanders incurred a rib cartilage injury in Monday night’s game and George Kittle is still nursing a knee and ankle injury from the team’s Week 9 victory in Arizona. Like this week, Shanahan is hopeful for Kittle to be able to return and they will wait until Sunday to make the final decision. 

“Kittle’s just a little bit of a different bird,” Shanahan said. “We’re never going to decide on Kittle too early in the week. He’s always got a chance with some of the stuff he’s been able to go through here in these last couple years.”  

As an example, Kittle, had a rib cartilage injury last season. He wore special padding to prevent further aggravation to the injury as well as reduce the pain incurred by playing. Shanahan, however, could not confirm if the Sanders’ rib injury was similar to Kittle’s. 

Shanahan will have to prepare for Jimmy Garoppolo’s top two targets to be absent on Sunday and knows how that could affect the outcome of a game. Kittle and Sanders combined for 191 receiving yards in Arizona which amounted to more than 60 percent of Garoppolo’s 317 passing yards.  

“They’re our two best playmakers, so it definitely takes a toll,” Shanahan said after the game Monday night. “We knew that coming in with George. We kind of realized that was going to happen today. Emmanuel was out there battling. Had that happen with his ribs. He tried to go a few more series longer, but he had to go out. Other guys came in, some guys stepped it up at times. We just didn’t have the consistency out there.”

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Kittle is the team’s top pass catcher with 46 receptions for 541 yards. In just two and a half games, Sanders has more receptions (13) than both Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, who have hauled in 11 apiece. 

The tight end was seen in the press box Monday night in order to keep him from standing on his injured leg for over three hours. When asked if it was weird to be up there, he enthusiastically replied, "I hate it!" 

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)