49ers place DL Arik Armstead on Injured Reserve List

49ers place DL Arik Armstead on Injured Reserve List

After struggling with a left shoulder injury since training camp, defensive lineman Arik Armstead was finally placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.

Armstead is expected to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder, which forced him out of action in the past two 49ers' games. He appeared in the first six plays on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints but did not return to action.

Armstead did not appear in any games during the exhibition season after sustaining the injury during a practice.

Armstead, the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2015, is tied for the 49ers lead with 2.5 sacks. He appeared in eight games with four starts. He was credited with 21 tackles and one forced fumble.

The 49ers filled Armstread’s roster spot with the addition of defensive tackle Chris Jones, whom the Miami Dolphins waived on Monday.

Jones, 26, a sixth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2013, has also spent time with Tampa Bay and New England. He posted nine sacks while appearing in 28 games in 2013 and ’14 with New England. Jones recorded a career-high six sacks in 2013.

Jones missed the entire 2015 season with a torn calf injury.

Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs. Patriots will be battle of Bay Area quarterbacks


Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs. Patriots will be battle of Bay Area quarterbacks

It's C.J. Anderson versus Julian Edelman, folks! Well, kind of. 

While the two Bay Area natives will be in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3, this will be all about the quarterbacks. 

The final game of the 2018-19 NFL season will take place 17 years to the day that the Rams and Patriots played each other in Super Bowl XXXVI. That's not the only 17-year difference between these two teams, though. 

Rams quarterback Jared Goff (24) is 17 years younger than the elder Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (41), who continues to defy time. In a matchup of young against old, the real battle will be Novato vs. San Mateo.

Goff hails from Novato, Calif., and starred at Marin Catholic High School before going on to Cal and becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He completed 25 of his 40 pass attempts for 297 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Rams' 26-23 win over the Saints in the NFL Championship Game. 

Brady grew up in San Mateo, Calif., and played high school football at Junipero Serra High School before going to Michigan for his college years and being drafted in the sixth-round of the 2000 NFL Draft. 

The rest is history. 

On Sunday, Brady completed 30 of his 46 pass attempts for 348 yards, and threw one touchdown while being intercepted twice in the Patriots' 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

When these two teams squarred off last in the Super Bowl, the Patriots won 20-17 on a last-second field goal. It was the first of Brady's five Super Bowl victories. 

Will we see Brady win his sixth ring or Goff and the young Rams get in his way? Either way, the Bay Area couldn't be represented any better by two elite quarterbacks.

NFL rumors: Sean McVay, Rams will talk contract extension in offseason


NFL rumors: Sean McVay, Rams will talk contract extension in offseason

Sean McVay could be a thorn in the 49ers' side for years to come. 

The Los Angeles Rams and the wunderkind coach reportedly are set to discuss a contract extension this offseason, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday.

McVay has led the Rams' resurgence atop the NFC West and the league's elite. Los Angeles has won two consecutive division titles, and is 24-8 in two seasons under the 33-year-old coach. 

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The 49ers have their brain trust locked up for the next four seasons, but they haven't been able to solve the Rams. Save for a Week 17 win in Los Angeles last season while the Rams rested their starters, San Francisco hasn't had much success against its SoCal rivals. In three losses to the Rams in the last two years, the 49ers have been outscored by 47 points and posted a minus-eight turnover differential. 

As La Canfora noted, coaching salaries dramatically increased over the last year, beginning with Jon Gruden reportedly signing a 10-year, $100 million deal to return to Oakland. Pete Carroll's extension with the Seattle Seahawks reportedly was worth $11 million per year. 

The New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints -- Los Angeles' opponent Sunday in the NFC Championship -- are the only teams with as many wins over the last two seasons, so McVay could be in line for a significant payday.