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49ers, Seahawks in danger of being without key players Monday night

49ers, Seahawks in danger of being without key players Monday night

Both the 49ers and Seahawks have multiple key players whose status for Monday night's game truly is up in the air. In fact, it's difficult to say which side would be more adversely affected if they were forced to play without those players.

On San Francisco's side, neither tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) nor kicker Robbie Gould (quadricep) practiced Friday. That's quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's No. 1 target, and the man in charge of the kicking game in what is expected to be a tightly fought contest.

Seattle's injury report isn't any better. Standout defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney (toe, knee), whom the Seahawks acquired in a trade from the Texans earlier this season, and left tackle Duane Brown (biceps, knee) both missed practice the last two days, while receivers Tyler Lockett (hip) and Josh Gordon (ankle) got in a limited session Friday. That's Seattle's best pass rusher, the man in charge of protecting quarterback Russell Wilson's blind side and the Seahawks' two most intimidating receivers.

If any of the aforementioned players misses Monday's game, it could have a drastic effect on the outcome.

The 49ers arguably have the NFL's best defensive line. Seattle's offensive line can be characterized as average at best, but it would get a downgrade if Brown didn't play Monday night. In that event, San Francisco edge rushers Dee Ford and Nick Bosa will be licking their chops.

Offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey are expected to return to game action for the 49ers against the Seahawks, and you can be sure they'd prefer not to have to go up against Clowney. On the flip side, Seattle sure would love to have Clowney available to take advantage of any lingering rustiness.

Kittle leads the 49ers with 46 receptions for 541 yards and 28 first downs. Rookie receiver Deebo Samuel ranks second in all three categories with 22, 227 and 10, respectively. Remove Kittle from the equation, and Garoppolo's life gets a whole lot tougher.

[RELATED: Kittle's status still in doubt as 49ers-Seahawks nears]

The last time these teams played, Gould kicked a game-winning field goal in overtime. He hasn't been his typically reliable self this season, but if he can't go Monday night, it would be difficult for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan to have much faith in the kicking game.

Both teams have another practice Saturday, after which they'll have to issue their injury reports for Monday night's game. If any of those marquee players don't participate, it won't bode well for their chances of playing in the NFC West rivalry showdown.

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

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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.

[RELATED: 49ers' Harris to start at strong safety for injured Tartt]

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.

[RELATED: Sanders has been valuable resource for 49ers' young WRs]

49ers injury report

Out
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

Questionable
WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)