Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett returned to the field Sunday, reportedly thanks in part to the 49ers.
Lockett was hospitalized in the Bay Area after seriously bruising his shin in the Seahawks' "Monday Night Football" win over the 49ers on Nov. 11. San Francisco gave Lockett a "Game Ready" device -- which "offers hot and cold compression therapy systems for acute and chronic injury recovery," according to its website -- after the hospital did not have one, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing sources.
"Had San Francisco not stepped in, it's unclear if Lockett would have been able to be back on the field so quickly," Rapoport wrote.
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The 49ers didn't deliberate much about stepping in, according to Rapaport. A team source told him that the 49ers "have a lot of respect" for Lockett, who has scored more touchdowns (four) against San Francisco than all but one NFL team.
Lockett will have a chance to thank the 49ers for their reported role in his recovery later this season. The 49ers and Seahawks conclude the regular season in Seattle on Dec. 29.
After missing the first 29 games of his NFL career due to a knee injury sustained in a pre-draft workout, 49ers defensive lineman Kentavius Street is set to play in his first game in nearly two years.
The 49ers activated Street off injured reserve Saturday to take the roster spot vacated when defensive tackle D.J. Jones was placed on injured reserve. Jones is out for the season with a severe high-ankle sprain.
“It’s something I’ve been preparing for for a while now, so I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Street said this week about the likelihood he would be activated to the 49ers’ 53-man roster.
Street is a versatile defender who can line up at any position along the 49ers’ defensive line. He will be counted on to be a rotational player and provide depth. The 22-year-old primarily played defensive end during the offseason program and training camp, but could see more action at defensive tackle.
“The great thing about our defense is, whether you’re inside, outside, playing on the tight end, playing on the guard, it’s relatively the same," Street said. "It’s just a bigger person in front of you. It’s not really much of a change.”
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Jones started 11 games at nose tackle before sustaining the season-ending injury on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Street was expected to be a second- or third-round draft pick 2018 before he tore his ACL during a workout with the New York Giants. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list. Street experienced discomfort in training camp and was moved to injured reserve one day after the team’s cut to 53 players.
The facemask penalty on 49ers tight end George Kittle was costly but perhaps necessary.
New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams was one of three players from the game to get fined by the NFL. San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and New Orleans safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson were also fined.
When Williams grabbed on and didn’t let go of Kittle’s facemask in the closing minutes of Sunday's game, it was entirely possible that was the only way Kittle was going to be tackled.
But the penalty added 15 yards to the end of Kittle’s 39-yard catch-and-run after his reception of Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass. The penalty set up Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired in the 49ers’ 48-46 victory over the Saints.
The play proved to be even more costly for Williams, whom the league on Saturday fined $10,527 for the facemask penalty.
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Witherspoon was fined $28,075 for his hit on Saints tight end Jared Cook on a play that was ruled a touchdown. Cook was credited with a 26-yard touchdown catch, and Witherspoon was penalized for an unnecessary hit to the neck and head area. Cook was diagnosed with a concussion.
Gardner-Johnson was fined $28,075 for a hit to the head-and-neck area on 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth quarter.