Quarterbacks have been dropping like flies in the NFL this season.
First it was Nick Foles in Jacksonville, followed up by Drew Brees in New Orleans and then Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
With the 49ers facing Roethlisberger's backup Mason Rudolph on Sunday, there might be another franchise QB who won't be able to suit up against San Francisco down the line.
Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton could miss more than just Week 3, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
With an Oct. 27 trip to Levi’s Stadium on the horizon, Carolina will have a little over a month to see if Newton can return to form after suffering a midfoot sprain earlier this season.
The Panthers will play three games and have their bye week prior to Week 8.
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Kyle Allen will start Sunday for the Panthers after a promising starting debut in Week 17 last year. Allen threw for 228 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as Carolina beat the Saints in New Orleans to close out the 2018 season.
There’s no doubt that Robert Saleh and the 49ers defense could have their eye on the result of Allen’s 2019 debut, as there's a good chance he leads the Panthers into Santa Clara later this season.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders reportedly was acquired by the 49ers on Tuesday.
The transaction includes a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for two draft picks next year. Sanders confirmed the trade later Tuesday to reporters as he departed the Broncos facility.
"Any time you break up, or you leave a place it's tough," Sanders told the media. "Definitely had a great run in Denver, had a lot of great times, but you know, obviously all good things come to an end. I'm looking forward to getting out to San Fran and showcasing my talent, you know, meeting the guys."
Sanders also answered questions about his future home and how he will fit in with the team.
"We run a similar offense," Sanders said. "It's the same offense, similar concept, and I'll be able to pick it up easy."
The two-time Pro Bowler said he was waiting on a call from the 49ers and is preparing to meet up with the team and get his physical.
Sanders spent six seasons with the Broncos and won a Super Bowl championship with the squad in 2016.
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"The Super Bowl alone was just fun," he said.
Across ten seasons, Sanders tallied 7,391 receiving yards and 39 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 49ers have found their No. 1 wide receiver.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday the 49ers acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth round-draft pick from the Broncos in exchange for two draft picks next year.
Sanders, 32, has 44 receptions for 367 yards receiving and two touchdowns this season. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and has three seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving.
The veteran wideout had 98 receptions for 868 yards receiving last year.
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Outside of tight end George Kittle, the 49ers have been thin with receiving options, especially with injuries to Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor. Marquise Goodwin leads the team’s receivers with 181 yards receiving and Samuel's 15 catches lead the group.
Sanders instantly becomes the undefeated 49ers' top receiver. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo now has a sure-handed option going into Week 8 against the Panthers, as well as the rest of the season.