NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

The 49ers know that DC Robert Saleh will likely depart next season and become a head coach with another franchise and HC Kyle Shanahan is aware that Saleh will attempt to take assistant coaches with him.

In 2019, Shanahan stopped Mike LaFleur from joining the staff of his brother, Packers’ HC Matt LaFleur. This is no longer possible after the NFL passed a resolution preventing teams from blocking a contracted coach from interviewing for a play-calling job with a different team.

“Saleh and I talk about everything,” Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We’ve known each other for a long time. We obviously work together, and he’s a good friend of mine. That’s stuff we’re constantly talking about. Once you talk about it, there’s not much to keep talking about. You never know until you see what opportunity he gets and see what his choices are. I keep telling him he’s not allowed to take anyone. Sometimes I can ease up a little bit on that, but I usually set the bar very low, and we’ll see what happens after.”

  • Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com believes that former NFL linebacker and current 49ers’ inside linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans could be an in-house candidate to replace Saleh next season. Ryans was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Texans during his career after being drafted in the second round out of Alabama.
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed that RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) is “good to go” for Week 15. (Matt Maiocco)
  • OUT for Week 15: C Hroniss Grasu (knee), WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 15: CB Emmanuel Moseley (hamstring), LB Fred Warner (stinger), CB K’Waun Williams (ankle)

Cardinals

Cardinals’ HC Kliff Kingsbury knows that WR DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but recently said he is “hoping we have only scratched the surface” with their star receiver.

“I think it’s just about building that rapport with the quarterback and getting comfortable with him and how to maximize him and how to utilize him the best way we can,” Kingsbury said, via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. “We still don’t have a ton of time on task, we’re 13 games into this deal and didn’t have an offseason together where we could get on the grass and work at different things. We’re all still learning and growing together, but he’s a remarkable talent. On Sundays, it’s fun to see the intensity and passion he plays with, and he wants the football at all times. As a coach, you appreciate that. I think there is a ton of room for growth there.”

After returning from COVID-19, Cardinals’ WR Larry Fitzgerald told the media that he is not suffering from any after-effects from the illness.

“I felt good when I came back,” Fitzgerald said. “Fortunately nothing really affected my respiratory system. I felt good running around. There was never a point in the game where I was out of breath or out of shape.”

  • Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said RB Chase Edmonds will be a game-time decision for Week 15 after having “some limited action” in practice this week. (Josh Weinfuss)
  • Kingsbury ruled out K Zane Gonzalez (back) for Sunday’s game.  
  • Darren Urban notes that the Cardinals will have to promote veteran K Mike Nugent from the practice squad for Week 15. 
  • The Arizona Cardinals are bringing in WR Krishawn Hogan, WR Isaac Whitney, and K Giorgio Tavecchio for tryouts this week, according to Albert Breer.
  • OUT for Week 15: LB Kylie Fitts (hamstring), K Zane Gonzalez (back), DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring), S Jalen Thompson (ankle)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 15: RB Chase Edmonds (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring), G Justin Pugh (calf)

Rams

  • Rams HC Sean McVay said DE Justin Hollins, OLB Ogbo Okoronkwo, and C Brian Allen will “stay away from the team for a bit,” but were not placed on the COVID-19 list. (Lindsey Thiry)
  • McVay anticipates that all three players will be available for Sunday’s game if they continue to test negative for the virus.
  • McVay spoke about rookie WR Van Jefferson saying that he believed the second generation receiver will be a star: “I think this guy is going to be a real star for us. I think he’s got an extremely bright future, I love the way he’s handled himself. I know I could be doing a better job of finding ways to get him involved.” (Jourdan Rodrigue)
  • Rams hosted CB Dee Virgin for a visit. (Aaron Wilson)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 15: C Brian Allen (not injury related), LB Justin Hollins (not injury related), LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (not injury related)

Seahawks

  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll wouldn’t say whether TE Greg Olsen (foot), RB Rashaad Penny (knee), or CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) would be activated from injured reserve for Week 15, but they did participate in practice this week. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll mentioned that veteran DE Carlos Dunlap returned to practice on Friday, which is a “good sign” that he will play in Week 15. (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll added that he isn’t certain about Dunlap or RT Brandon Shell‘s (knee) availability after the offensive lineman missed Friday’s practice.
  • Caroll indicated that both Dunlap and Shell will be game-time decisions on Sunday. (John Boyle)
  • As for Seahawks RB Travis Homer (knee, wrist), OT Jamarco Jones (groin), and OL Phil Haynes injuries, Carroll called each of them “long-term situations.” (Condotta
  • OUT for Week 15: G Phil Haynes (groin), RB Travis Homer (knee), T Jamarco Jones (groin)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 15: DE Carlos Dunlap (foot), S Damarious Randall (foot), T Brandon Shell (ankle), CB Jayson Stanley (shoulder)
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