The 49ers could be turning to a new kicker for their most important game of the year.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that kicker Robbie Gould strained his quad and is "very much in doubt" to play against the Seahawks on Monday night. San Francisco is signing kicker Chase McLaughlin to replace Gould if the veteran is unavailable.
With McLaughlin in the fold, the 49ers have waived tackle Sam Young.
Rapoport added that Gould's injury isn't considered serious. If the 49ers are without their starting kicker, it shouldn't be for too long.
Gould, 36, has struggled this season. He missed only two field-goal attempts all last season and already has missed seven this year, though he has been perfect on 26 extra points.
The former All-Pro held out during the offseason before the 49ers awarded him with a new contract that could run for four years and up to $19 million.
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McLaughlin, an undrafted rookie out of Illinois, appeared in four games with the Chargers this season. He went 6-for-9 on field goals and nailed all seven of his extra points.
SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.
Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.
According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.
The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”
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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.
49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.
He lost a game.
That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.
That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.
Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.
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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.