Anthony Davis will not play in 49ers' game at Panthers


Anthony Davis will not play in 49ers' game at Panthers

Backup offensive lineman Anthony Davis reported concussion symptoms after Thursday’s practice and will not be available for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Friday.

The 49ers were scheduled to leave the Bay Area on Friday afternoon to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina. Because Davis does not have enough time to fulfill the return-to-play requirements, the 49ers were expected to travel without him.

Davis was a full participant in the 49ers’ practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The practice Thursday was the team's one padded practice of the week. He did not take part in the 49ers’ walk-through practice on Friday and was officially listed as “out” for the team’s game against the Panthers.

Davis’ absence does not impact the 49ers’ starting lineup. Trent Brown beat out Davis for the starting job at right tackle. Davis was originally scheduled to be the starter at right guard, but Andrew Tiller was elevated into the starting lineup on the Saturday before the 49ers’ season-opener on Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Davis did not practice last Saturday in what both he and coach Chip Kelly called a “misunderstanding.” There was some question whether Davis would return to the team before he appeared for practice the next day.

Rookie John Theus is expected to be active for Sunday’s game as one of the 49ers’ two backup offensive lineman. Theus, a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia, saw action at both tackle positions during training camp.

Tiller is listed as questionable due to an ankle injury. He was limited in each practice this week but is expected to be available.

The 49ers released their official injury report on Friday, and defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey was not listed, indicating he is healthy enough to play. Dorsey, who sustained a torn ACL in November, did not appear in the 49ers’ four exhibition games or the season opener on Monday.

For the Panthers, running back Jonathan Stewart was a full participant in practice Friday. He is listed as questionable but is expected to play.

49ers injury report
OL Anthony Davis (concussion)
S Marcus Cromartie (ankle)
CB Chris Davis (hamstring)
CB Keith Reaser (ankle)
G Andrew Tiller (ankle)

Panthers injury report
S Dean Marlowe (hamstring)
RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle)

Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa


Source: 49ers scheduled to meet with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 49ers’ traveling party that includes general manager John Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters has moved on to Ohio State.

Lynch and Peters attended Alabama’s pro day on Tuesday and met with potential No. 2 overall pick Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle.

On Wednesday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with another possibility for the second overall selection, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, according to a source.

The 49ers and Bosa are scheduled to have dinner, reports Albert Breer of the MMQB.

Bosa is not scheduled to work out on Wednesday. The plan all along was to test well enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that any re-dos were not necessary. Bosa's marks ranked favorably against his brother Joey, the No. 3 overall pick in three years ago.

Nick Bosa is completely healthy after his final season at Ohio State was cut short due to a core muscle injury.

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Among the other top draft prospects at Ohio State are quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones, wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, and offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince.

49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues


49ers hire Dustin Little as head athletic trainer, staff revamp continues

The 49ers named Dustin Little head athletic trainer Tuesday, locking in one of the final pieces of their new strength and conditioning and athletic training structure. 

After 17 players spent time on injured reserve during the 2018 season and 24 players the season prior, the 49ers sought change. The team fired longtime head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson and head of strength and conditioning Ray Wright. 

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both identified streamlining the two programs as an offseason priority. 

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” Shanahan said after the season ended. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

“We consulted with some other teams,” Lynch said a few months ago. “Organizations in some other sports, looking for the right answers, and trying to put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. We’re just trying to get that deal right."

Hiring Ben Peterson as the head of player health and performance several weeks ago was the first step of that process. Peterson and Little will work together closely, as the 49ers model their structure after the NHL and NBA. 

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“We are excited to add Dustin to our health and performance team and believe he is a tremendous fit for our group,” Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “A wide net was cast for this search, and we simply kept coming back to him. 

“Our due diligence and a great recommendation from the Broncos organization, which is highly regarded for the care of its players, made us extremely confident in bringing Dustin aboard.”

Little comes to Santa Clara after spending more than five years in Denver in a variety of roles, including as an assistant athletic trainer and director of rehabilitation.