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49ers' Jullian Taylor heading to injured reserve after knee injury

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49ers' Jullian Taylor heading to injured reserve after knee injury

SANTA CLARA – Backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor is out for the 49ers’ final regular-season game and the postseason with a knee injury, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday.

Taylor will go on injured reserve due to a torn ACL.

The 49ers will promote  rookie defensive tackle Kevin Givens from the practice squad to take Taylor’s spot on the 53-man roster, Shanahan said. Givens could be in uniform for the 49ers' game Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I've just been staying patient and listening to everybody, all the coaches," said Givens, who had just found out he would be promoted.

"Kevin had a good training camp, was close to making our roster," Shanahan said. "He’s been here and worked all year to get better and he’s been waiting for this opportunity. He got it yesterday.”

Taylor sustained an elbow injury in the 49ers’ Dec. 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He missed three games before returning to full practice this week. The 49ers expected Taylor to serve in a backup role for Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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But that all changed on Thursday when Taylor sustained a knee injury during practice.

"No one fell on it," Shanahan said. "It was just two people, him and an O-Lineman pushing on each other and came to a stop and it just gave out. It was a real unfortunate one.”

Taylor, a seventh-round 2018 draft pick from Temple, was expected to be a key rotational player at defensive tackle for the remainder of the season after D.J. Jones sustained a severe high-ankle sprain. Jones is on season-ending injured reserve.

Defensive end Dee Ford will miss his third consecutive game with hamstring and quadriceps issues, and safety Jaquiski Tartt is not expected to play due to fractured ribs. The 49ers list Tartt as questionable for Sunday's game.

49ers injury report

Out
DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
DT Jullian Taylor (knee)
Doubtful
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
Questionable
G Mike Person (neck)

49ers-Seahawks injury report: Jaquiski Tartt on verge of returning

49ers-Seahawks injury report: Jaquiski Tartt on verge of returning

SANTA CLARA -- When 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh gets the go-ahead, strong safety Jaquiski Tartt will be back in the starting lineup.

The 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in a game that will determine the NFC West champion. Tartt played a key role in the 49ers’ secondary through 12 games before exiting the lineup with fractured ribs.

“It would come from the performance staff on whether or not he’s healthy to get back with us,” Saleh said on Thursday. “I know he’s been practicing and trying to get back into it. As soon as he’s ready to roll and when we get clearance, he’ll be in there.”

Defensive tackle Jullian Taylor’s status is uncertain for Sunday's game after he sustained a knee injury in practice on Thursday. Taylor missed the past three games with an elbow injury. He is expected to undergo an MRI on his knee to diagnose the specifics of the injury.

Tartt missed the 49ers’ past three games with fractured ribs he sustained while making a tackle of Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram on Dec. 1. Tartt returned to limited practice this week, but Saleh said he has yet to be cleared.

Tartt serves an important role in play-to-play communications on defense, along with middle linebacker Fred Warner. Second-year player Marcell Harris has filled in for Tartt.

“The amount of calm he brings, not to say Marcell hasn’t been able to get a little bit better every single week, which he has,” Saleh said. “He’s had major strides from Game 1 to Game 2 to Game 3, but just the overall communication, the disguise, the alignments, all the things that we ask out of that strong safety, he had been on point.”

Defensive end Dee Ford did not take part in practice due to quad and hamstring injuries. He is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game, but the club expects him to be available for the team’s first playoff game.

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49ers participation report

Did not practice
DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
Limited
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee)
G Mike Person (neck)
WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow, knee)
Full participation
CB Tarvarius Moore (concussion)

Seahawks participation report

Did not practice
T Duane Brown (knee, biceps)
S Quandre Diggs (ankle)
G Mike Iupati (neck)
WR Malik Turner (concussion)
Limited
DE Jadeveon Clowney (core)
C Joey Hunt (fibula)
T Germain Ifedi (knee)
T Jamarco Jones (shoulder)
C Ethan Pocic (core)
Full participation
T George Fant (knee)
CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring)
LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)
LB Bobby Wagner (ankle)
LB K.J. Wright (shoulder)

49ers-Seahawks injury reports: Dee Ford only SF player unavailable

49ers-Seahawks injury reports: Dee Ford only SF player unavailable

SANTA CLARA –– Safety Jaquiski Tartt is able to participate in 49ers practice this week for the first time since sustaining fractured ribs earlier this month.

It appears as if defensive end Dee Ford will be the only 49ers player unavailable to participate in Sunday night’s winner-take-all game against the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West championship.

Neither the 49ers nor Seahawks practiced on Christmas Day, but each club was required to submit an injury report that reflect the health of the team. Tartt wore a blue non-contact jersey when the 49ers got onto the practice field Tuesday.

The 49ers expect Ford to be available when they open the playoffs, but he is not expected to play Sunday night in Seattle. However, it appears as if Tartt and defensive tackle Jullian Taylor are available to return to action.

Taylor has missed three games with ligament damage in his right elbow. He is fully cleared to resume practice, along with defensive back Tarvarious Moore, who sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ win Saturday night over the Los Angeles Rams.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is nursing a shoulder injury but is expected to play on Sunday. Guard Mike Person is limited, but coach Kyle Shanahan suggested this week that he expects Daniel Brunskill to start.

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The Seahawks could get two key members of their defense back on the field for the game against the 49ers. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has missed the past two games due a core-muscle injury, and cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury, have both been cleared for limited practice.

49ers participation report

Did not practice
DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
Limited
LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee)
G Mike Person (neck)
WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
Full participation
CB Tarvarius Moore (concussion)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

Seahawks participation report

Did not practice
T Duane Brown (knee, biceps)
S Quandre Diggs (ankle)=
C Joey Hunt (fibula)
G Mike Iupati (neck)
WR Malik Turner (concussion)
Limted
DE Jadeveon Clowney (core)
CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring)
LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)
Full participation
T George Fant (knee)
T Germain Ifedi (knee)
C Ethan Pocic (core)
LB Bobby Wagner (ankle)