Solomon Thomas among 49ers rookies absent from offseason program

Solomon Thomas among 49ers rookies absent from offseason program

For the second spring in a row, the 49ers will have a first-round draft pick from Stanford absent from most of the team’s offseason program and playing catch up with nearly everyone else on the 90-man roster.

Former Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, wide receiver Trent Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, and undrafted wide receiver Kendrick Bourne of Eastern Washington are the only 49ers players who are currently ineligible to take part in the team's offseason program.

NFL rules stipulate that rookies who have not completed their undergraduate degrees are ineligible to join a team’s offseason program on a full-time basis until after their schools' final classes of the spring semester.

Thomas will not be eligible to join his 49ers teammates until June 14 – the second day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp. Taylor will be allowed to join the 49ers on Friday. The final day of classes at Eastern Washington is listed as June 16 for Bourne.

It is the second year in a row that Stanford’s late class schedule will have an impact on the 49ers. Guard Joshua Garnett worked out on his own last year and tried to replicate the 49ers’ workouts from video that was downloaded to his team-issued iPad. He arrived on the practice field for the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Thomas said he will try to follow a similar routine this spring until he is allowed to join his new teammates.

“We have our iPads, so I’ll be able to watch film from that,” he said. “I talk to Josh quite a bit, and he’ll give me advice on how to go through this process – how to stay in touch, just keep learning along the way and keep progressing along the way.”

All rookies were eligible to attend the rookie minicamp the weekend following the draft.

The 49ers are currently wrapping up the final week of the team’s three-week period of Phase II of the offseason program. On-field workouts are permitted, but there can be no offense vs. defense drills.

Organized team activities begin next week with offense vs. defense allowed. No live contact is permitted. The 49ers’ official offseason program concludes with the team’s minicamp in mid-June.

49ers vs. Chiefs live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

49ers vs. Chiefs live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

First quarter, 13:19, 0-0: The 49ers receive the opening kickoff but go three-and-out and have to punt. The Chiefs' first drive starts at their own 43-yard line against these 49ers defensive sets.

9:37 a.m.: Matt Maiocco bumped into two 49ers fans who wrote letters to Dwight Clark before the San Francisco legend died after his battle with ALS.

9:13 a.m.: Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard found an interesting place to play catch before the game.

8:52 a.m.: Matt Maiocco is on the field at Arrowhead Stadium, and has the latest on the 49ers' starting linebackers against the Chiefs.

8:41 a.m.: After missing the first two games of the season because of suspension, linebacker Reuben Foster will be back in action for the 49ers.

8:30 a.m.: After going through pregame warmups, 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin officially is active. Safety Jaquiski Tartt and guard Joshua Garnett highlight the inactive players for the 49ers.

8:13 a.m.: 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who has been listed as questionable all week with a quadriceps injury, is on the field in Kansas City and warming up pretty vigorously. He was seen making lots of quick cuts and running at full speed. According to Matt Maiocco, Goodwin looks good.

8:04 a.m.: As we wait for 49ers and Chiefs inactives to be announced, Matt Maiocco is on the field at Arrowhead and is providing the First Look on Facebook Live right here!

7:45 a.m.: The 49ers face a stiff test in Kansas City on Sunday. No one is hotter than Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has thrown 10 touchdown passes through two games, and 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon certainly will be targeted by the second-year pro. It will be up to Witherspoon to respond while coming off a shaky game against the Lions.

Linebacker Reuben Foster is back from a two-game suspension, and the dynamic playmaker should give the 49ers' defense a big boost. Foster is one of four players Matt Maiocco wants you to watch in the game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Running back Matt Breida had a breakout game last week, rumbling for 138 yards, and that briefly put the second-year pro atop the NFL's rushing leaders. Browns running back Carlos Hyde moved ahead of Breida on Thursday night. Can Breida reclaim the top spot?

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is looking to pick up his second consecutive win after suffering his first career loss in the season opener.


This Sunday, be sure to watch 49ers Pregame Live at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area and 49ers Postgame Live immediately after the game on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus and live streaming on the NBC Sports app. Greg Papa, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Matt Maiocco and Laura Britt will have everything you need to know from the 49ers’ home opener.

49ers call up DB Tyvis Powell from practice squad

49ers call up DB Tyvis Powell from practice squad

KANSAS CITY – Starting strong safety Jaquiski Tartt is questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a shoulder injury, so the 49ers took out an insurance policy.

The team promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday and released linebacker Terence Garvin.

Powell, Antone Exum and D.J. Reed saw action at strong safety in practices this week, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said.

Powell, who saw action in three games for the 49ers last season, moved to safety late in training camp this summer. He was among the team’s final cuts but was immediately signed to the practice squad. Powell will wear No. 30 on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Garvin spent one game with the 49ers and recorded one special-teams tackle against the Detroit Lions last week.