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49ers' D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury, Kyle Shanahan says

49ers' D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury, Kyle Shanahan says

D.J. Jones' season is over.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on KNBR Thursday that Jones will go on season-ending injured reserve, ending his breakout season.

Jones has started all 11 games in which he appeared this season. He has recorded 23 tackles and two sacks.

Shanahan said Wednesday that the 49ers were fearing Jones was lost to the season after suffering a "significant" ankle injury in the 49ers' 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday. It appears their worst fears came true.

Solomon Thomas or Sheldon Day likely will start at nose tackle in Jones' place.

Additionally, Kentavius Street, who began practicing with the club last week, is expected to take Jones' place on the 53-man roster. Street was the 49ers' fourth-round pick in 2018 from North Carolina State but missed his entire rookie season with an ACL injury.

"It feels great," Street said Wednesday. "Just knocking some rust off, just making sure my tools are as sharp as they can be. But besides that, I feel great.

"Oh, yeah. I could run through a wall right now.”

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Jones adds to the 49ers' laundry list of injury woes on defense, joining Kwon Alexander on IR and Dee Ford, Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt on the shelf.

A's Billy Beane reveals he has Kyler Murray on his fantasy football team


A's Billy Beane reveals he has Kyler Murray on his fantasy football team

SAN DIEGO -- Kyler Murray still has a fan in Billy Beane.

After Murray spurned a potential MLB career with the A’s to play quarterback in the NFL, Beane admits that he still holds a fondness for his former prospect and enjoys watching the now-Arizona Cardinals QB play football. 

“I love it, I text him -- he’s on my fantasy team,” Beane said at the MLB Winter Meetings on Monday night. “I texted him, I said ‘I gotcha again.’ He texted me back and just gave a big heart.

“He’s a great kid.”

Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, was paramount in Oakland selecting Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, believing the dual-sport athlete would thrive as a speedy outfielder at the big-league level. The A’s signed Murray to a contract with a $4.66 million signing bonus, which also allowed him to continue playing football that fall at Oklahoma.

But Kyler put on a show for the Sooners on the gridiron and never looked back. Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, throwing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and running for another 1,001 yards with 12 scores.

After months of speculation about whether he would declare for the NFL draft or continue his commitment with the A’s, Murray decided on Feb. 11 that he would focus entirely on his football career, forgoing baseball.

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The Cardinals took Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, making him the first player in history to be drafted in the first round of both the MLB and the NFL drafts.

Murray has had a strong rookie campaign for Arizona, throwing for 3,060 yards and 16 touchdowns, with 448 yards and four more TDs on the ground.

So with those solid numbers, here’s the question we all want to know: How is Beane’s fantasy team doing this season?

“First time not making the playoffs,” Beane said with a laugh.

49ers' Dee Ford aggravates hamstring injury, ruled out vs. Saints


49ers' Dee Ford aggravates hamstring injury, ruled out vs. Saints

The 49ers' ferocious defensive line took a hit Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, as star edge rusher Dee Ford aggravated his hamstring injury and will miss the rest of the game.

Ford has been in and out of the 49ers lineup all year, and he missed San Francisco's last two contests after injuring his hamstring in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals. 

Ford, in his first year in San Francisco, is tied for third on the team with 6.5 sacks. He has been a steady force on the edge when healthy, but Ford has not played more than 50 percent of the team's snaps since Week 1 as he nurses knee, quadriceps and hamstring injuries. Given Ford re-injured his hamstring immediately after trying to give it a go, the 49ers might be wise to give him even more time to heal before their playoff push.

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As of publication, the 49ers led the Saints 35-30 in the third quarter of a wild game the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.