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John York: Report of Jed York's demotion is 'completely' false

John York: Report of Jed York's demotion is 'completely' false

ATLANTA – Any changes the 49ers make at the end of the season as a result of the team’s record streak of futility will apparently not involve CEO Jed York.

Co-chair John York told reporters that there is no veracity to a CBS Sports report that Jed York, his son, might be demoted from his position.

John York was asked by Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman on Sunday if the report of Jed York being stripped of his duties was false, he answered, “Completely.”

The 49ers’ 41-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was the team’s 13th consecutive defeat. The previous record for consecutive losses was nine, which the 49ers recorded in 1978 under coaches Pete McCulley and Fred O’Connor.

49ers cut third quarterback to make room for defensive back

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MATT MAIOCCO

49ers cut third quarterback to make room for defensive back

Due to a shortage of healthy cornerbacks for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, the 49ers on Saturday added to their depth in the secondary.

The club promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad as insurance. Cornerback Jimmie Ward is not expected to play due to a hamstring injury.

Moreover, Richard Sherman (calf), K’Waun Williams (shoulder) and Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) are listed as questionable. Witherspoon is expected to be cleared to start Sunday.

The 49ers released veteran quarterback Tom Savage to make room for Powell. The 49ers are likely to re-sign Savage when the health on their 53-man roster allows them to keep a third quarterback on their roster behind starter C.J. Beathard and backup Nick Mullens.

Powell is expected to be active for Sunday’s game against the Rams. He will wear No. 30. Powell has appeared in two games this season.

Four 49ers players to watch Sunday vs. Rams

Four 49ers players to watch Sunday vs. Rams

Coming off a devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the 49ers have a short turnaround to face the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

The Los Angeles Rams have the firepower on offense to make short work of the 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and might be hard-pressed to remain competitive.

Here are four players who must come through with strong games in order for the 49ers to have a chance:

WR Marquise Goodwin

His presence on the field is one thing. But just being out there is not good enough. Goodwin must be able to provide the threat of a big play, which he accomplished against the Packers with touchdown receptions covering 67 and 30 yards.

Goodwin is a huge asset in the passing game for quarterback C.J. Beathard. His speed opens up the field for other targets to work underneath routes. But Goodwin also makes defenses play a little softer, which can be beneficial for the 49ers’ running game, too.

Goodwin sustained a deep thigh bruise early in the 49ers’ season opener at Minnesota. He is finally healthy, and that is a big boost to the offense.

FS Adrian Colbert

The 49ers rank last in the NFL with a minus-11 turnover margin. Most of the focus has been on the team’s offensive issues with holding onto the football. But the defense has not done its part, either. The 49ers must generate more takeaways.

Colbert has struggled this season, and this week coach Kyle Shanahan challenged him to step up his game.

“He has to get back to where he ended last year,” Shanahan said on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “I thought he ended last year at a high level.

“He’s had some good moments, but he’s had some bad moments, also. I put a lot of pressure on him this week. He’s had a good week of practice, and I hope it’ll pay off for him in the game.”

LG Laken Tomlinson

The 49ers’ offensive line has been one of the team’s bright spots -- both in pass protection and run-blocking. While each of the team’s offensive linemen has played well, the 49ers are especially pleased with Tomlinson.

“Laken has taken a huge step with his second year in the scheme,” Shanahan said.

Tomlinson faces a huge challenge on Sunday against one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league. Aaron Donald signed a six-year, $135 million extension with the Rams before the start of the regular season. He leads the team with four sacks.

Donald has recorded each of his sacks this season while lined up over the left guard. Tomlinson must find a way to neutralize Donald’s quickness off the snap of the ball to open lanes in the running game as well as protect Beathard.

CB Ahkello Witherspoon

After a promising rookie season, Witherspoon has taken a noticeable step backward this season. Failing to nail down the starting job, Witherspoon has been benched for two games this season.

But he is expected to be back in the starting lineup against the Rams despite missing some practice time this week with a concussion.

Jimmie Ward started against the Packers and mostly played well, except for a busted coverage on the Packers’ first play of the game. Greg Mabin entered late in the game – instead of Witherspoon – when Ward exited with a hamstring injury.

Ward is not likely to be available, and Mabin struggled badly in his limited role. Now, Witherspoon gets another chance to see if he can seize the opportunity to win the starting job opposite of Richard Sherman, who is also listed as questionable for the game with a calf injury. Teams have ignored Sherman’s side of the field, so Witherspoon has to step up and make some plays when he gets his opportunities.