GLENDALE, Ariz. -- 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt was ruled out from returning to Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals because of a shoulder injury.
Tartt wasn't the only 49ers defensive player to leave the game, as linebacker Reuben Foster exited late in the first half with a hamstring injury. The 49ers announced Foster was questionable to return, but he was not on the field as the team opened the second half.
Tartt has struggled with a shoulder injury for much of the season. The safety was inactive for two games earlier in the season. He injured his shoulder late in the second quarter of this game.
Tartt was responsible for a big defensive play, intercepting a Josh Rosen pass that led to a Robbie Gould filed goal, giving the 49ers a 5-3 lead. That was the first 49ers takeaway since Week 4. He was disappointed with himself after missing an interception that he dropped against the Rams.
Antone Exum Jr. took over at strong safety for Tartt.
Foster has struggled this season after missing the first two games because of a suspension, and he has dealt with a shoulder injury through most of the year. Foster was seen on the sideline later in the second half Sunday, and Elijah Lee took his place on the field.
Richard Sherman knows what it's like to leave the only franchise he's ever known to join the 49ers.
So, what does he think about Antonio Brown's desire to play in San Francisco?
"Good luck to him," Sherman told TMZ on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The All-Pro receiver wants out of Pittsburgh and to come to the 49ers "really badly," according to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II has said the team won't release Brown but will explore all other options, including a trade. Rooney also said he expects discussions regarding Brown's future to heat up in mid-March when the new league year begins.
Sherman, who signed a three-year, $27.15 million contract with the 49ers last March, was asked about his time in the Bay Area.
"So far, so good," Sherman told TMZ.
Before Sherman could get away, he was asked if he had a message for Brown.
"Go wherever it makes him happy," Sherman said.
George Kittle had an impressive 2018 season for the 49ers to the say the least.
Kittle was named the top tight end in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, and PFF even told NBC Sports Bay Area his season could be considered one of the all-time greats if data was around years ago to back it up.
Regardless, he will be known for breaking the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, finishing his 2018 campaign with 1,377 yards.
Kittle can now add "Most Improved Player of the Year" to his list of accomplishments, as voted by the Pro Football Writers of America.
This is on top of being voted by the PFWA's All-NFC Team Tuesday and just about every other prestigious football honor one can receive.
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The best part is knowing Kittle is only 25 years old, and can surely still get better.
But for now, we should all relish in his growing list of impressive resume accomplishments.