Patriots rule out Gronkowski; 49ers' Lynch will not play

Patriots rule out Gronkowski; 49ers' Lynch will not play

The New England Patriots on Friday ruled out tight end Rob Gronkowski for Sunday’s game against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium due to a chest injury.

Meanwhile, the 49ers will not have outside linebacker Aaron Lynch for a third consecutive games because of a high ankle sprain.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has never missed a game in his six-year NFL career, is listed as questionable for the 49ers with a shoulder injury. Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) is also questionable.

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 17 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Gronkowski has 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns after missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Chris Hogan (back) will also not be available. Hogan has 19 catches for 391 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots’ top two pass-catchers this season are listed as questionable for the game.

Julian Edelman, who has 48 catches for 457 yards and one touchdown, has a foot condition. And Gronkowski’s presumptive replacement, Martellus Bennett, is nursing an ankle injury. Bennett is the Patriots’ second-leading receiver with 38 catches for 504 yards and four touchdowns.

49ers injury report
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

CB Rashard Robinson (knee)
WR Torrey Smith (shoulder)

Patriots injury report
TE Rob Gronkowski (chest)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

SANTA CLARA  — The 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster and have waived defensive back Tyvis Powell heading into their Monday night game facing the New York Giants.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco earlier on Monday that Dayes would be added to the active roster.

Dayes will be the team’s third running back behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. Jeff Wilson was the other candidate from the practice squad available to be promoted. 

When the team lost running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending injury, they also lost a valuable special teams contributor. Dayes provides some support in that area. 

Dayes (5-foot-9, 205 pounds) returned 18 kickoffs for 437 yards in his rookie season with the Browns. He appeared in 16 games, carried five times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards last season.

Dayes was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns last year from North Carolina State, where he rushed for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Trent Taylor ready for prime time after missing 49ers' two national TV games

Trent Taylor ready for prime time after missing 49ers' two national TV games

SANTA CLARA -- Trent Taylor has felt the disappointment of sitting out two prime-time games this season. But the 49ers wide receiver has turned it into motivation.

Taylor's back surgery was downplayed as a minor procedure when it was announced during the offseason. He believed he'd be back to full strength more quickly, but it's been more of a challenge than he anticipated. He was inactive in Week 6 (Monday Night Football against the Packers) and in Week 9 (Thursday Night Football against the Raiders) as he rounds back into form.

“I felt like as soon as I got back to running that it would all just come back and it’d be all good," Taylor said ahead of Monday night's 49ers-Giants game at Levi's Stadium. "I felt good when I first came back, but it was sustaining that throughout the season is what’s been harder than I expected. Sadly, it’s just taken a little longer than I wanted.”

Finally, 10 weeks into the season, Taylor is feeling more like himself. He has been less productive -- he has just 18 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in his seven games played -- but he had a solid rookie season in 2017, with 43 grabs for 430 yards and two scores.

Taylor never pictured himself missing games and explained doing so has been mentally challenging.

“It’s been tough sitting out any game I’ve sat out this year,” he said. “Especially the two prime-time games I’ve had to sit out. It’s tough to sit out of any game, but when you know it’s a prime-time game, and the whole country is watching, it just makes you want to be out there that much more.

“It’s kind of hard to watch, but those are the feelings you have to take in, and you have to remember. When you’re in your training, you have to remember and go back to those feelings that you had. Just remember what you’re working for.”

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Taylor will have a chance to re-establish himself as a staple of the 49ers' offense Monday against the Giants with Pierre Garçon ruled out with a knee injury. Taylor prepared all week knowing that playing in this game was a possibility.

“The more you know, if you know every position,” Taylor said, “the more comfortable they are putting you out there wherever they might need you. So, I’ve been doing a lot of studying on that position and my regular slot position as well.”

Taylor said 49ers coaches have given him practice reps at Garçon’s Z position, as well as in his usual slot position, just to get a feel for it. Taylor is willing to play anywhere the staff decides.

“I like to play football,” Taylor said. “Any chance I can get out there to go out and play, I’m down with it."