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Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

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Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

SEATTLE – The 49ers have made a change to their offensive line for the team’s game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Laken Tomlinson is in, and Zane Beadles is out.

And the 49ers will also have the services of free safety Jimmie Ward for the first time this season. Ward will be in uniform after missing all of training camp and the first regular-season game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers deactivated rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jaquiski Tartt started at free safety for the 49ers in Week 1.

Tomlinson, acquired Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, will suit up for the first time as a member of the 49ers and start at left guard, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beadles entered the day with 108 consecutive starts, ranking as the No. 2 current streak among guards in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Andy Levitre, who has 129 consecutive starts.

Beadles, 30, has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, in which he has started 111 of the 113 games in which he appeared. Beadles, who struggled throughout training after taking over for Joshua Garnett, surrendered a sack-fumble in the 49ers’ opener against the Carolina Panthers. Garnett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Beadles is active for the game and will serve as a backup at both guard positions and center.

Tomlinson will start at left guard against the Seahawks – just as he did in the Lions’ 26-6 season-ending loss in the NFC wild-card round in January. Tomlinson played all 55 snaps against Seattle.

He graded out as the Lions’ top pass-blocker on the offensive line in that game, allowing just two quarterback hurries in 39 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson, 25, a third-year pro, will make his 25th career start after the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft with the No. 28 overall pick.

Pass-rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ season opener last week, will be in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers inactives
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Ahkello Witherspooon
DB Lorenzo Jerome
LB Pita Taumoepenu
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
DL Xavier Cooper

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

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Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.