Inactives: Hayne makes first career start


Inactives: Hayne makes first career start

DETROIT -– Running back Jarryd Hayne was in uniform Sunday for the first time in more than two months.

Hayne, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad on Sunday, among the team’s 46 active players against the Detroit Lions. The 49ers placed guard Alex Boone on injured reserve to clear a roster spot for Hayne, the former star in Australia’s National Rugby League.

Hayne, Kendall Gaskins and DuJuan Harris are the 49ers’ only three running backs after Shaun Draughn was ruled out with a knee sprain. The 49ers signed Harris last week and waived running back Travaris Cadet. Hayne will wear No. 38, while Harris was assigned No. 32.

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The 49ers announced Gaskins or Harris would start the game, but Hayne was the player who got the call. He carried three times for 15 yards on the 49ers' opening drive of the game. In the first six weeks of the season, Hayne carried eight times for 25 yards. He also averaged 9.5 yards on eight punt returns. He was inactive for the team's Oct. 22 game against the Seattle Seahawks, then was waived the following week.

Right guard Trent Brown is scheduled to make his first career start with Boone and Marcus Martin unavailable. Eric Pears, who started the first 14 games at right guard, moves to right guard. Andrew Tiller will start at left guard.

Wide receiver Jerome Simpson and outside linebacker Corey Lemonier are among the 49ers’ inactive players. Undrafted rookie DeAndrew White will suit up in place of Simpson.

Receiver Anquan Boldin enters Sunday’s game one reception shy of 1,000 career catches as he enters his 185th game. He would become the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone in NFL history behind Marvin Harrison (167 games), Andre Johnson (168), Jerry Rice (181) and Larry Fitzgerald (182).

49ers inactives
WR Jerome Simpson
RB Shaun Draughn (knee)
CB Chris Davis
LB Michael Wilhoite (ankle)
G Brandon Thomas
OL Marcus Martin (concussion)
LB Corey Lemonier

Lions inactives
RB George Winn
WR Corey Fuller
CB Bill Bentley
OL Gabe Ikard
OL Corey Robinson
DT Jermelle Cudjo
DT Gabe Wright

Why NFL Media's Peter Schrager believes Richard Sherman is underrated


Why NFL Media's Peter Schrager believes Richard Sherman is underrated

Richard Sherman's resume is as long as any other cornerback, but NFL analyst Peter Schrager believes the 49ers veteran is underrated. 

"I think Richard Sherman last year had a really good season," Schrager said on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" on Monday. "The Achilles didn't seem to bother him all that much. And then when it mattered most, [he] was shutting down the No. 1 wide receivers in the league, and that was with a completely depleted defense and an offense that had an undrafted rookie named Nick Mullens keeping them afloat. I think Richard Sherman [is] still underrated." 

Sherman started 14 games in his first season with San Francisco, defending a career-low four passes and intercepting zero passes for the first time in his career. Those low counting stats would be concerning for a defensive back's first season in their 30s, even excluding the season-ending Achilles injury he sustained in 2017, but Sherman's production wasn't the same as his best years with the Seattle Seahawks in large part because NFL offenses didn't seem to underrate him. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Sherman was targeted just once every 12.6 coverage snaps. No cornerback was avoided more than him, and Sherman also ranked first among corners in allowing a reception every 20.7 coverage snaps. In other words, opposing quarterbacks seemed to rate Sherman as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. 

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How long that continues is an open question. Sherman is entering his ninth year in the NFL and turned 31 in March. Twenty-eight defensive backs were 31 or older last NFL season, and only 12 of them were 32 or older. Sherman will be 33 if he finishes out the three-year deal he signed with the 49ers last year, and it seems likely he will be targeted more the older he gets. 

But until then, it's clear Sherman's opposition under center view him as one of the best cornerbacks in the league even if Schrager's punditry peers do not. 

Ex-49ers LB Reuben Foster reportedly suffers torn ACL, possible artery damage


Ex-49ers LB Reuben Foster reportedly suffers torn ACL, possible artery damage

Organized team activities began Monday for NFL teams, and Washington suffered a loss shortly after the opening of camp.

Former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster went down during the second play of OTAs with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. He was on the ground for several minutes before being carted off while in tears.

After an receiving an MRI, Foster's injury appears to be very serious.

That's a brutal development for Foster and Washington.

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Foster was drafted by the 49ers with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which was the beginning of a tumultuous time in the Bay Area.

The Alabama product was arrested three times and suffered multiple on-field injuries during his time with the 49ers. San Francisco cut ties with Foster last November after he was accused of committing domestic battery at a team hotel in Florida.

Washington claimed the linebacker off waivers a few days later. Foster recorded  84 solo tackles in his 16-game career with the 49ers.

The 49ers have since revamped their linebacking corps after Foster's departure. They signed Kwon Alexander to a four-year contract in the offseason and spent a fifth-round draft pick on Arkansas' Dre Greenlaw.

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch hope Alexander, once he gets fully healthy, and Greenlaw can fill the role left by Foster's departure in the middle of the defense.