49ers inactives: McDonald, Dorsey out vs Cardinals

49ers inactives: McDonald, Dorsey out vs Cardinals

SANTA CLARA – Inside linebacker Nick Bellore will get the first start of his six-year NFL career, the 49ers announced before Thursday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bellore will start in place of NaVorro Bowman, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day due to a season-ending left Achilles injury. Through most of his NFL career, Bellore has be used as primary a special-teams player.

"I’ve never viewed Nick as just a special teams guy," 49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said. "I think that Nick is a really good linebacker. I think he can play in this league. He played a lot for us when I was in New York at inside linebacker when we had injuries and he’s done a great job preparing himself. He knows the position. He knows how to play the game.”

Gerald Hodges will return to the starting lineup, replacing Michael Wilhoite, the team announced. However, based on the team's warmups, it appeared Wilhoite would remain as the starter. Bellore and Wilhoite lined up together with the 49ers' first-team defense. Hodges started the first three games of the season before getting benched last week in favor of Wilhoite.

The 49ers will also be short-handed on the defensive line. Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who the 49ers were looking to move into a more prominent role, was ruled out with a knee injury. Dorsey played the past three games after missing the season opener. He is returning from a torn ACL he sustained in November.

Also, rookie defensive lineman DeForest Buckner is out of action with a foot injury he sustained in the 49ers’ 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

With Dorsey and Buckner unavailable, defensive lineman Taylor Hart is in uniform for the first time with the 49ers. Tony Jerod-Eddie, who was inactive the past three games, will also be available as part of the 49ers’ rotation.

Tight end Vance McDonald will miss his second game in a row after sustaining a hip injury on Sept. 25 against Seattle. Garrett Celek will start. He caught five passes for 79 yards as the 49ers’ primary tight end against Dallas.

Rashard Robinson earned his second start in a row in place of Jimmie Ward at right cornerback.

49ers inactives
QB Christian Ponder
CB Jimmie Ward
WR Deshawn Martin
OT John Theus
TE Vance McDonald
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL DeForest Buckner

Cardinals inactives
QB Carson Palmer
TE Darren Fells
DT Robert Nkemdiche
DT Ed Stinson
DT Josh Mauro
DT Olsen Pierre
G Cole Toner

Marquise Goodwin downplays concern over head injuries

Marquise Goodwin downplays concern over head injuries

SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin received medical attention twice in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Monday.

Twice he was examined for head injuries, and twice he returned to the game.

Goodwin downplayed the injuries and his concern over his condition. He said the night was no more or less physical than the standard NFL game.

“That is every week,” Goodwin said. “That is the name of the game.”

Goodwin, 27, has been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol a reported six times in his six-year career, including last year’s season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after being knocked unconscious from a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams safety Blake Countess. He was released and traveled home with his teammates after the Dec. 31 game.

Goodwin was not immediately diagnosed with a concussion on Monday night.

He was injured on a 13-yard reception late in the third quarter on a play in which Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a high hit. After sitting out one play, Goodwin returned for the first play of the fourth quarter.

Goodwin got both hands on a Nick Mullens pass, but failed to make the catch. Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson made the interception off the deflection. Goodwin was injured when he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Goodson on the tackle.

When asked if the team’s medical staff tried to convince him to not go back in the game, Goodwin answered, “I have no idea. They were saying the same thing that they would say when anybody is on the ground, which is to take your time getting up.”

Goodwin returned to the game and had a 26-yard catch and run to set up one final play for the 49ers from the Giants’ 21-yard line. He played 61 of the 49ers’ 73 offensive snaps and caught four passes for 69 yards.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he has “zero” say whether players are cleared to return from injuries. He said he leaves those decisions entirely in the hands of the team’s medical staff.

“The guy is a warrior,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said of Goodwin. “We have seen him fight through injury before. It is unfortunate that he has to even experience that. We appreciate him putting his body out there and coming back and giving us a chance to win.”

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Kyle Shanahan non-committal on 49ers starting QB after loss to Giants

Kyle Shanahan non-committal on 49ers starting QB after loss to Giants

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have some time to determine who will start at quarterback after their Week 11 bye, but the likely choice still is Nick Mullens. 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was brief when discussing who would be under center after the break, but he did initially say Mullens would get the nod for a third start.

“I’m sure,” Shanahan said, “but I haven’t thought about it yet.”

Mullens’ second start wasn’t nearly as impressive as his first, but he still remained cool under pressure. He completed 27 of his 39 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, he also gets credit for throwing two interceptions, which gave him a passer rating of 73.7. 

Shanahan said that even while facing the adversity of throwing interceptions, Mullens stayed steady.

“He was the same,” Shanahan said. “He had one early. Didn’t change. Didn’t get gun shy. Played his game. I don’t think the picks affected him. He played his game.”

While Mullens might get a third start, Shanahan has been vocal about not having given up on C.J. Beathard. There likely will be a point in the remainder of the season where he is back on the field leading the 49ers’ offense. 

Earlier in the week, Shanahan spoke about giving Beathard a chance to get healthy. 

“I think C.J. started off well, and I think he went through a tough stretch,” Shanahan said. “I think it is good for him to sit back and get fully healthy and heal up and watch someone else do it. He’s only a play away from getting in. So, he’ll be ready.”

The day before Mullens made his NFL debut against the Raiders, Shanahan maintained that a healthy Beathard clearly was the best quarterback on the 49ers' 53-man roster.

“As I’ve said,” Shanahan said, “and I still firmly believe, if C.J. is healthy, he does give us the best chance to win. We just got to see if he’s going to be healthy.”

Shahanan also has said, more than once, that his decision on who starts at quarterback will be made on a week-to-week basis. 

The 49ers have the week off before they begin preparations to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Nov. 25.