Kentavius Street

Rested Nick Bosa ready to lay it all on line for 49ers vs. Seahawks

Rested Nick Bosa ready to lay it all on line for 49ers vs. Seahawks

SANTA CLARA -- It was an unusual sight for the 49ers to begin a defensive drive with both DeForest Buckner and Nick Bosa on the sidelines. 

After both defensive stars were on the field for more than 90 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 15, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to make a concerted effort to give them more rest. The defensive linemen had been much more effective earlier in the season when they each were playing fewer snaps.

“We haven’t done what we anticipated going into the games the last couple weeks,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to get those guys off the field just how good of players they are, but we haven’t done that well enough the last two weeks and we wanted to do better this week and we did. I think it paid off. You’ve got to survive those downs and help those guys stay fresher.” 

Bosa, Buckner and Arik Armstead each played 51 snaps -- or 73-percent of the defensive plays -- against the Rams, which made a noticeable difference to Bosa immediately after the game. The team relied on Kentavius Street, Solomon Thomas, Sheldon Day and Jeremiah Valoaga to contribute to the rotation. 

“Yeah that was huge,” Bosa said. “I feel 100 times better after this game. Just the past few games we kind of got caught up in the moment and when you do that in close games, you end up playing more plays than you’re supposed to. 

“And it was huge for our guys to step up, Street, Sheldon, Solly and JV. Just huge contributions from them. We’ve had some injuries so we needed a few extra guys to step up and for them to take some reps off of us is monumental.”

The defense was unable to get to Rams quarterback Jared Goff for a sack but did consistently pressure him throughout the game. Goff repeatedly rolled out in a bootleg, causing the defensive linemen to run much further distances than normal. 

“He probably ran 50 boots that game,” Bosa said. “It’s frustrating for the D-line because all we’re doing is running and chasing. It’s hard to really affect the game as much as we want to. 

“But obviously if a team is doing that, it’s for a reason and once we stopped that, then we were able to get after him little bit more. But yeah, we got to weather the storm. A lot of teams are going to scheme us up like that.” 

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Bosa also believes it’s expected for games to come down to the wire like they have for the past four weeks. He expects the same type of atmosphere next week in Seattle when both teams attempt to clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. 

“Honestly, the amount of big games we’ve been in, night games, just really good teams that we’re playing,” Bosa said. “Seems like every single week is bound to end up somewhat like this. Sherm was just preaching trust each other and we will all end up the way we want if you just trust the guy next to you. He was right. 

“It’s going to be everything on the line. We are going to give it our all. It’s for that bye week and we definitely want that bye week, so yeah we are going to lay it all on the line next week.”  

49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

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49ers activate Kentavius Street off IR to take D.J. Jones' roster spot

After missing the first 29 games of his NFL career due to a knee injury sustained in a pre-draft workout, 49ers defensive lineman Kentavius Street is set to play in his first game in nearly two years.

The 49ers activated Street off injured reserve Saturday to take the roster spot vacated when defensive tackle D.J. Jones was placed on injured reserve. Jones is out for the season with a severe high-ankle sprain.

“It’s something I’ve been preparing for for a while now, so I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Street said this week about the likelihood he would be activated to the 49ers’ 53-man roster.

Street is a versatile defender who can line up at any position along the 49ers’ defensive line. He will be counted on to be a rotational player and provide depth. The 22-year-old primarily played defensive end during the offseason program and training camp, but could see more action at defensive tackle.

“The great thing about our defense is, whether you’re inside, outside, playing on the tight end, playing on the guard, it’s relatively the same," Street said. "It’s just a bigger person in front of you. It’s not really much of a change.”

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Jones started 11 games at nose tackle before sustaining the season-ending injury on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Street was expected to be a second- or third-round draft pick 2018 before he tore his ACL during a workout with the New York Giants. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list. Street experienced discomfort in training camp and was moved to injured reserve one day after the team’s cut to 53 players.

49ers fear top nose tackle D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury

49ers fear top nose tackle D.J. Jones out for season with ankle injury

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers absorbed another big loss from their exciting victory in New Orleans on Sunday, as starting nose tackle D.J. Jones sustained a “significant” ankle injury, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.

Shanahan said the 49ers are bracing to lose Jones for the remainder of the season. Jones started all 11 games in which he appeared this season. He has recorded 23 tackles and two sacks.

“We’re worried about it,” Shanahan said. “We’ll wait on some other opinions and stuff, but it’s a pretty significant one.”

The 49ers could activate defensive lineman Kentavius Street from injured reserve. He began practicing with the club last week after going on IR before the first game of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Street was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2018 from North Carolina State. He missed his entire rookie season with an ACL injury.

“It feel great,” Street said. "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.”

In Jones’ absence, the 49ers can turn to Solomon Thomas or Sheldon Day to start at nose tackle, with DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead also capable of playing different spots on the defensive line.

“He’s irreplaceable,” Buckner said. “D.J. is explosive. He can really hurt you in the run game and you saw his pass-rush skills. He just goes right through people. He’s a really good D-lineman, and he’s going to be one of the guys who’s really missed.

“Everybody has to kick up their game a notch.”

The 49ers placed two offensive players on season-ending injured reserve this week. Center Weston Richburg sustained a torn patellar tendon in the victory over the Saints. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is out with knee and ankle issues.

“That’s December football,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “Everyone across the league has that, dealing with injuries. But it’s just when guys get their number called, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams, guys who haven’t even played that much, they’re just ready for the moment. And so you got to appreciate that.

“I think you got to give our coaches a lot of credit for getting those ready in practice, the behind-the-scenes stuff and it’s starting to pay off now.”

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have built enough depth on the team over the past three seasons to be able to withstand a lot of injuries. That depth will be needed more than ever, with defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman also expected to miss time with injuries.

“(With) John and Kyle, the past couple years have been really hard,” Buckner said. “We’ve been rebuilding, obviously. Just to have that patience to (build) that depth that we have now, it’s working out for us.”

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Practice participation

The following players are not scheduled to practice on Wednesday:

DE Dee Ford (hamstring)
DT D.J. Jones (ankle)
CB Richard Sherman (hamstring)
SS Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)
CB K’Waun Williams (concussion)