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Beadles ready to play where 49ers need him eight days a week

Beadles ready to play where 49ers need him eight days a week

SANTA CLARA – The one veteran free agent the 49ers signed in the offseason is giving the organization what it had envisioned.

Zane Beadles started the 49ers’ first 12 games at left guard after signing a three-year contract worth approximately $10 million. Last week, he shifted to left tackle to take over for Joe Staley, who is expected miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers (1-12) face the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

“I think Zane’s done a nice job all year long for us,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re real happy with getting a veteran like him. I think he’s seen a lot of things. He’s an emergency center for us. He can play all three positions across the offensive line. He’s been asked to play two so far.

“He’s played guard and played tackle. So, I thought he did a good job in the Jets game. Obviously, we’ve got another big challenge this week going up against the front that we’re going to face in the Falcons. But I was happy with where Zane was last week.”

Beadles played three years at left tackle during his college career at Utah. But until he started last week’s game in place of Staley, he had not lined up at left tackle at any point in his seven-year NFL career.

“It’s not the easies situation to be thrown into, but we get paid to play multiple positions,” Beadles said. “In the NFL, you dress seven offensive linemen on game day and you have to be able to play multiple positions, even if you’re a starter.”

Beadles had not played a position other than guard since 2010 with the Denver Broncos. He played right tackle for three games as a rookie.

“Tackle and guard are two different positions,” Beadles said. “There are plusses and minuses and things that are easier about one and harder about another, and vice versa. It’s a switch in mentality, as far as knowing you have a little bit more space to cover and different type of guy you’re going against. “

The challenge gets a lot more difficult on Sunday, as Beadles must contend with a noisy environment at the Georgia Dome while facing one of the all-time best sack artists on artificial surface.

Dwight Freeney, who ranks 17th all-time with 122.5 sacks in 15 NFL seasons, has been selected to seven Pro Bowls and has a wide array of pass-rush moves he can unveil on Sunday. Beadles could also go up against Vic Beasley, who has 13.5 sacks and is an NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

“It’s not going to be an easy test, but it’s a test and we have to go out there and do our best,” Beadles said.

Jimmy Garoppolo is back in the building, already at 49ers meetings

Jimmy Garoppolo is back in the building, already at 49ers meetings

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo already is back at the facility attending meetings after his ACL surgery. 

In his final press conference before Sunday’s match-up with the Los Angeles Rams, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Garoppolo was back with his team. 

“He got back on Tuesday,” Shanahan said, “so Wednesday he’s been in all the team meetings and stuff, and it’s been good to have him around. He’s still on his crutches and everything, so he’s not going out to practice or anything.” 

Similar to practice, injured players typically are not allowed on the sidelines during games because of the risk of further injuries. As a result, Garoppolo could be at the stadium on game day but not out on the field. 

Shanahan seemed genuinely pleased to see his franchise quarterback back in the building when he gave an update on Garoppolo’s appearance. 

“It was good to see his face,” Shanahan said. “Definitely has grown his beard out a little bit. You can tell he’s been sitting in a hospital or in a bed most of his time. Good to have him back in the building.

"He needs to make a few more strides just healing from his surgery and things like that, and we will get him around a lot more.”

Going through a season-ending injury is traumatic, but Shanahan reported that Garoppolo seems to be in good spirits. 

“Seems good,” Shanahan said. “Seeing him in the meetings, just talking to him a little bit, you know, I think he’s happy to be back with the team and to get back in this with us.” 

The only silver lining of both running back Jerick McKinnon and Garoppolo both going through ACL rehabilitation is that they will be able to do it together. 

49ers-Rams injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon in line to start after no snaps

49ers-Rams injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon in line to start after no snaps

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who is on pace to be cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol, is likely to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

Witherspoon is expected to start in place of Jimmie Ward, who re-aggravated a hamstring condition late in the 49ers’ Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ward is listed as doubtful to play against the Rams.

Witherspoon did not play any snaps of defense in Green Bay, as the 49ers opted for Greg Mabin after Ward was injured in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers have an issue on the cornerback spots, too. Veteran Richard Sherman is listed as questionable after not practicing Friday because of a calf condition, the team announced. Nickel back K'Waun Williams is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Witherspoon was diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with Mabin on the Packers’ game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation. Witherspoon was limited with no contact in practices Thursday and Friday, so he has to pass the contact requirement before Sunday’s game, Shanahan said.

Wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Trent Taylor are listed as questionable after taking part in limited drills Friday.

The 49ers will not have wide receiver Dante Pettis' services for the third consecutive game. Pettis sustained a left knee sprain on Sept. 23 while returning a first-quarter punt against the Los Angeles Chargers.

For the Rams, wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out with a knee injury. Kupp is the Rams’ second-leading receiver with 30 catches for 438 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns.

49ers injury report

Out
WR Dante Pettis (knee)

Doubtful
CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Questionable
WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
WR Trent Taylor (back)
CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)

49ers practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Limited practice
WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee)
WR Trent Taylor (back)
CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)

Full participation
RB Matt Breida (shoulder, ankle)
LB Reuben Foster (shoulder)
G Joshua Garnett (toe)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring, quadricep)
TE George Kittle (knee)
G Mike Person (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
OT Joe Staley (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Rams injury report

Out
WR Cooper Kupp (knee)

Rams practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
WR Cooper Kupp (knee)

Limited practice
DE Michael Brockers (shoulder)

Full participation
DE Michael Brockers (shoulder)
LB Matt Longacre (back)
WR Josh Reynolds (hand)
G Rodger Saffold (knee)
C John Sullivan (not injury related)
OT Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
K Greg Zuerlein (right groin)