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Tony Romo eager to see Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers defensive line in action

Tony Romo eager to see Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers defensive line in action

With the 49ers facing major uncertainty ahead of the 2019 season, the NFL's resident "Nostradamus," CBS NFL Analyst Tony Romo, weighed in on what he foresees for coach Kyle Shanahan's group. 

Romo focused on the availability of Jimmy Garoppolo, who 49ers fans hope will be able to play his first complete NFL season in 2019 after being acquired mid-season in 2017 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury against the Chiefs in September. 

"And so if Jimmy’s able to play a full season, which I think everyone’s excited about seeing, if that happens. Hopefully he can play great football and you’ll see the 49ers win a lot of games," Romo told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group on Thursday from the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.

Garoppolo has been cleared to fully participate in training camp, beginning later this month. C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens will both be back in camp to compete for the backup QB job.

Romo also was very complimentary of the 49ers pass rush, which received a notable boost this past offseason.

"The 49ers defensive line looks to be outstanding. I know what they have in their schematic advantage on offense with Kyle Shanahan," Romo told Inman.

The organization has made adding the pass rush a top priority in the NFL draft, as they've selected defensive lineman first in four of the past five drafts. Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, and 2019 No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa will all be looking to make major contributions for the 49ers.

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Additionally, general manager John Lynch and the front office made an aggressive offseason move and brought in former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Dee Ford to fortify the front line in a trade, as they exchanged a 2020 second-round pick for the Auburn product.

San Francisco will open the regular season September 8 in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers. You can bet Romo will be watching.

49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers

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49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers

Defensive end Dee Ford is feeling better after sitting out the second half of the 49ers’ game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals with discomfort in his knee and quadriceps, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

“Hopefully, he’ll be feeling good on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “He said he felt good. He looked good walking through. But I know that’ll go all the way up to Sunday.”

Ford, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday. He was scheduled to take part in limited practice on Friday, but the 49ers dialed back their planned practice to a walk-through at their Santa Clara facility because of the high intensity of the practices earlier in the week.

“I know he’s feeling better now than he has the last few days, but he’s still not fully there, yet,” Shanahan said of Ford. “We’ll see how these last 48 hours go. Hopefully, they go well. If it does, I know he feels confident to go out there, especially with time off the following week.”

The 49ers face the Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. After the game, the club will have a bye week before returning to action on Monday, Oct. 7, against the Cleveland Browns.

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle), and safeties Jaquiski Tartt (toe) and Jimmie Ward (hand) are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Bosa and Tartt are expected to play, while Ward is likely to miss his third consecutive game to open the season.

Shanahan said he expects rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd to be available after the bye week. Hurd has sat out five weeks with a back condition.

“He’s on track,” Shanahan said of Hurd. “We’ll see how it is once we get back from the bye week. I know he has a lot of work to do when we all get away from here a little bit for the four days. It’ll be big the work he puts in when we’re away. We expect him to be ready when we get back.”

The 49ers will not have the services of wide receiver Trent Taylor for at least eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture on his right foot. The bone has healed, Shanahan said, but there were issues with some of the soft tissue around the bone on the outside of his foot that has caused a flareup. Taylor is eligible to return to action on Nov. 17 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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The 49ers placed Taylor on injured reserve and signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young. Shanahan said he does not think Young will be active and in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers injury report

OUT
RB Tevin Coleman (ankle)
WR Jalen Hurd (back)
OT Joe Staley (leg)
WR Trent Taylor (foot) – injured reserve

Questionable
DE Dee Ford (quadriceps
S Jaquiski Tartt (toe)
DE Nick Bosa (ankle)
DB Jimmie Ward (hand)

Steelers injury report

OUT
FB Roosevelt Nix (knee)
LB Vince Williams (hamstring)
LB Anthony Chickillo (foot)

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.

Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.

Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.

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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.