Running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley are heading to injured reserve for the remainder of the 49ers' season after sustaining significant injuries Thursday night.
Mostert suffered a fractured right forearm and was scheduled for season-ending surgery Friday. Mostert is expected to return healthy for the 2019 season, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.
Moseley, who was promoted from the practice squad to make his NFL debut in the team’s 34-3 win over the Raiders, appeared on just three special-teams plays before sustaining a dislocated shoulder. He will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday.
Mostert had emerged as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back in recent weeks, and he scored his first career touchdown Thursday on a career-long 52-yard run in the third quarter. He sustained a fractured forearm when he stuck out his hand to brace his fall upon being tackled in the third quarter.
In addition to being the 49ers’ best player on special teams, Mostert developed into a big-play running back. He gained 261 yards on 34 rushing attempts for a 7.7-yard average.
The 49ers have two running backs on their practice squad, Jeff Wilson and Matthew Dayes, that they can promote to the 53-man roster behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris.
Despite the 49ers finishing with a 13-3 record and advancing to Super Bowl LIV, few NFL pundits seem willing to give Jimmy Garoppolo any credit for the team’s success.
The quarterback needed just eight pass attempts to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as San Francisco rode a dominant run game and suffocating defensive performance to a 37-20 victory.
Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t among the detractors and voiced his support for Jimmy G ahead of a Super Bowl showdown with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
“He carried this team in the middle of the season when they fell apart physically,” Cowherd said this week on “The Herd.” “I’m not a stat guy, I’m an eye guy. Watch the games.”
The success of the run game for the Niners this season didn’t necessitate a lot of pass-heavy games, but Garoppolo still finished eighth among qualified NFL quarterbacks in passer rating.
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When the 49ers have ended up in a shootout this year, Garoppolo has stepped up.
When they’ve needed him to just manage the game and make the occasional throw downfield, Garoppolo has stepped up.
Jimmy G has the chance to solidify himself among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks when he and the Niners take the field in Miami for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.
The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.
York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.
That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.
“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."
That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.
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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.