49ers' Kentavius Street 'most likely' headed for injured reserve


49ers' Kentavius Street 'most likely' headed for injured reserve

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Kentavius Street is likely to miss his second full NFL season after being a fourth-round selection of the 49ers in the 2018 draft.

Street will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, and coach Kyle Shanahan said the most likely scenario is he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

“We haven’t decided that for sure, but it’s definitely the most likely,” Shanahan said on Tuesday.

Street sustained a torn ACL during a pre-draft workout with the New York Giants in the spring of 2018. The 49ers still selected him in the fourth round of the draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list.

His best game of the preseason came Aug. 19 against the Denver Broncos, where he had five tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing 43 snaps.

“He’s battled through his knee all year,” Shanahan said. “He’s had some knee tendinitis throughout camp – a little similar to Dee Ford. He’s been trying to battle through it and get a spot here. We decided (Monday) that he can’t do it any more.”

Shanahan provided other injury updates:

--It is uncertain whether rookie receiver Jalen Hurd (back) will be available for the season opener on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “I wouldn’t have thought that a week ago but it’s still lingering and it’s definitely legit, so, we are going to rest it again this whole week and then we will probably reassess it on Monday and see where he’s at.”

--Wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) is “highly unlikely” to be available to play in the season opener, Shanahan said. Taylor underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair a broken right foot.

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--Center Weston Richburg (knee and quad) participated in approximately 15 practice snaps the past two days after being activated off the physically unable to perform list. He will not play Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers and could be available for Week 1.

--Running back Jerick McKinnon practiced Tuesday and will not play Thursday. The 49ers are still hopeful McKinnon will be available to play at or near the beginning of the regular season.

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Is your quarterback elite? Well, if you're a fan of the 49ers then no -- at least according to Chris Simms.

The NBC Sports football analyst couldn't confidently put Jimmy Garoppolo in the elite category, but still had plenty of praise toward him, especially knowing he plans on leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

"I think there's some quarterbacks in football right now: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes -- they kind of stand alone," Simms said.

After that handful of quarterbacks, Simms highlights a group of "good," a squad that he considers Jimmy G to be a part of. Plus, Garoppolo has a lot of "good" surrounding him.

The elite talents of tight end George Kittle are something that shouldn't be argued -- unless you're not sure if he's a decent blocker or not. Ahem, Doug Gottlieb.

"That's all you need to win a Super Bowl," Simms added.

The consensus around Jimmy G's eliteness is that he's not elite, but he's not bad, but he's good enough.

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Got all of that?

His throwing abilities have been talked about, but once again the word "elite" was not mentioned.

49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind


49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.

"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."

The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.

"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "

Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.

Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to the 49ers and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.

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"That love for the game is still there, burning," Staley said.

He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.