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Why Terrell Owens believes Seahawks' Josh Gordon shouldn't worry 49ers

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Why Terrell Owens believes Seahawks' Josh Gordon shouldn't worry 49ers

The biggest game of the NFL season to date will occur Monday at Levi's Stadium when the 7-2 Seahawks visit the 8-0 49ers in an epic NFC West clash. 

As the last remaining undefeated team, the 49ers enter the crucial showdown with a leg up on their divisional rivals. But a loss to the Seahawks on Monday night would level the playing field, with the two teams still set to meet in Seattle later this season. 

The Seahawks are anticipating the debut of their newest wide receiver Monday, as Josh Gordon is healthy and expected to play at least some sort of role for Pete Carroll and the 'Hawks.

Seattle already boasts two quality receivers in deep threat Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf, so the addition of a healthy Gordon, who the Seahawks added after the Patriots waived him, will give quarterback Russell Wilson a bevy of weapons to attack the 49ers' vaunted defense with. 

But should Gordon really worry the 49ers? Terrell Owens, for one, doesn't think so.

"Josh really hasn't been a factor the last two or three years," Owens told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "It sounds good in theory, but he hasn't really done much for those guys in the secondary to be of concern. To me, he's not even a deep threat. He hasn't really done a whole lot with the Patriots -- pedestrian at best.

"But I do think they don't want D.K. Metcalf to get loose. This guy is a big problem. He's definitely gaining confidence as the season rolls, and I'm sure he's going to present a challenge.

"With Richard Sherman as well, I'm sure he's going to be fired up," Owens said. "He's going to try to shut him down. But that's not a concern to have Josh Gordon out there. Yeah, he may be ready but I don't think he's going to be a big factor in the game."

Metcalf has been great of late and Lockett remains a deadly deep threat, catching 13 balls for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's Week 9 win over the Bucs. If Gordon can be what he was with the Patriots, he will give Wilson the third option he needs with tight end Will Dissly sidelined due to injury.

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The game, in the end, likely will come down to Seattle's ability to block the 49ers' vicious defensive front and Wilson's ability to escape pressure and extend plays. If Wilson spends a lot of time on the turf, it probably won't matter whether Gordon is good or not. 

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

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Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcell Harris on Sunday will be back where he ended his rookie season with the 49ers.

Harris will take over as the 49ers’ starter at strong safety with Jaquiski Tartt out for at least one game after sustaining cracked ribs in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Tartt and backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) have been ruled out for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Two of the 49ers’ seldom-used wide receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, are listed as questionable, along with left tackle Joe Staley. Goodwin has knee and foot issues, according to the team, while Pettis has already missed one game with a knee injury.

Staley has missed three games after surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. He is expected to play Sunday.

All other 49ers players, including Dee Ford and Richard Sherman, will be available for Sunday’s game.

Harris started the final five games of his rookie season after being a sixth-round draft pick from Florida in 2018. He did not earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster at the beginning of this season. Harris was promoted from the practice squad in October and has appeared in nine games this season.

“I’m real happy for Marcell,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “He’s gone come a long way, in that he was a very good college player, tore his Achilles his senior year, which really hurt him. That’s why we were able to get him in the draft. It affected him his whole rookie year.

"He’s been able to string together about eight months where he has been healthy, and when you’re made of the right stuff, you have the talent and you can stay healthy, you usually just need the time.”

Harris took over for Tartt on Sunday and made one of the top plays in the game when he took the ball away from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a running play to create a turnover.

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49ers injury report

Out
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

Questionable
WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)