49ers' Joe Staley sustains finger fracture, could miss multiple games


49ers' Joe Staley sustains finger fracture, could miss multiple games

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley sustained a finger injury that could require surgery and another couple of weeks on the sideline.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday that Staley sustained a finger fracture and dislocation in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Staley was in the process of receiving a second opinion.

“We’re not sure of the final decision, yet, but surgery could be a possibility,” Shanahan said in a conference call. “If one is needed, it’ll probably be a couple of weeks (out).”

Staley missed six games with a fractured left lower leg. He returned to action against the Seahawks and his leg was fine, Shanahan said. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey also returned to the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury.

Staley and McGlinchey struggled in particular against Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who had one sack, five quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown.

“Any time you haven’t played football in a while is always a challenge to get back out there, no matter what you do in practice,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to get going. I think they had a big challenge of ahead of them.

“I thought Clowney played very well. He’s done it before but it was definitely his best game of the year. We got to take that into account. But, yeah, they weren’t at their best. That happens when you have some time off like that. I thought they had their good plays. But definitely had some noticeable bad plays that ended up hurting us a little bit.”

In other 49ers injury news ...

--Kicker Robbie Gould did not play on Monday, and his status for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question due to a quadriceps strain. Rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin made three field goals, including a 47-yarder on the final play of regulation, to send the game to overtime. But he missed badly on a 47-yard attempt in overtime that would have won the game.

“We got to get him out here and test him on his kicking this week,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s still the same as last week. It’s still a maybe.”

--Nose tackle D.J. Jones was diagnosed with a groin strain. The extent of his injury is not yet known, but Shanahan said he expects Jones to miss at least one game.

--Running back Matt Breida aggravated an ankle sprain and he is listed as day-to-day.

--Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has missed five games with a foot sprain, and is expected to practice on Wednesday. If Witherspoon can get in a full week of practice, he will reclaim his starting job from Emmanuel Moseley, Shanahan said.

--Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair sustained a concussion on Monday night while covering a kickoff. He must clear the NFL’s concussion protocol to be eligible to return to play.

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--Wide receiver Jalen Hurd is eligible to return to practice after being placed on injured reserve earlier this season with a stress reaction in his back. Shanahan said he does not expect Hurd back this week.

“Based on what saw at end of last week, I’m not expecting him this week,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how he comes in here tomorrow, but he didn’t meet enough requirements last week to start him for practice. I’m not expecting him now.”

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)