NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks



  • As for rookie DT Javon Kinlaw, his teammates continue to offer high praise for him. Second year DE Nick Bosa said of Kinlaw: “I’d say it’s super-encouraging how he played in the first game.” (Maiocco)
  • Bosa also addressed LT Trent Williams once again, saying he certainly won his matchup against Cardinals DE Chandler Jones on Sunday: “He made Chandler look like an average dude out there, which is almost impossible to do. It’s really cool to have the best at what they do, bar none.” (Eric Branch)
  • 49ers GM John Lynch is not ruling out TE George Kittle for Week 2 and said he could be a game-time decision. However, Lynch admitted that they will need to be smart about Kittle and may save him for next week. (Cam Inman)
  • Lynch also said that Dee Ford was “sent for imaging” on a stiff neck, and they’re unsure about his status for Sunday. (Brian Murphy)
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan was asked if Ford’s neck is a muscle strain or something more concerning like a disk issue: “Yesterday it was just neck spasms so we rested him. Today he met with guys to make sure it’s safe so that’s why it’s questionable.” (Cam Inman)
  • Regarding Kittle, Shanahan said there were no setbacks with his knee, which was hyperextended Sunday: “If it was a normal person, we probably would have ruled him out earlier in the week.” (Matt Barrows)
  • According to Lynch, Lynch said on Ahkello Witherspoon has been cleared from the concussion protocol and he will replace Richard Sherman as the “field” cornerback against the Jets. (Matt Barrows)
  • Tom Pelissero reports that the 49ers signed veteran WR Mohamed Sanu to a one-year deal worth around $1.125 million that includes a $137,500 bonus with half paid out now and the other half after five weeks.
  • Shanahan said Sanu made no mistakes in his only practice of the week on Friday. According to Shanahan, if they opt to have five receives active on Sunday, Sanu will be one of them. (Matt Barrows)
  • OUT for Week 2: TE George Kittle (knee), CB Jason Verrett (hamstring)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 2: DE Dee Ford (neck)


Cardinals’ DC Vance Joseph was critical of rookie LB Isaiah Simmons, saying he “could have played better” but believes he’ll continue to improve as he gets more reps. 

“(Simmons) missed the entire offseason, he missed the preseason games (and) it was a COVID training camp,” Joseph said, via Darren Urban of “He’s probably missed 1,200 snaps. I knew it was going to be tough early. Competing with George Kittle and getting knocked around a little bit, that’s what he needed. Now he understands how hard it is to cover these tight ends, how physical this NFL game is. We couldn’t simulate it for him – the speed, the toughness, the aggressive play of these tight ends, we couldn’t simulate that in practice at all. He’s going to get better and better. He just needs more time on the job.”

The Cardinals signed veteran K Mike Nugent to their practice squad but HC Kliff Kingsbury is still impressed by former Browns K Zane Gonzalez.

“He’s been great in camp,” Kingsbury said. “Those were tough field goal attempts – all 50-plus I think – and he hit the 56-yarder which really gave us momentum going into halftime, gave us a chance to win that game. We feel very comfortable with Zane and where he’s at.”


  • By signing CB Jalen Ramsey to a contract extension, the Rams also restructured the money he was owed this season, opening about $7.5 million in space for a potential extension for Woods. (Jourdan Rodrigue)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 2: TE Gerald Everett (back)


  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Friday that he thinks RB Rashaad Penny is “ahead of schedule” in recovery from a torn ACL. Carroll also made it sound like Penny could be ready soon after returning practice in Week 7. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll mentioned that there’s still no ETA regarding rookie DE Darrell Taylor: “He’s working really hard at it. He cares so much. We wants to get it done. … He was running on the ground pretty hard this week so we’ll see how he handles all of that.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Seahawks’ OC Brian Schottenheimer says he enjoyed calling plays from the booth on Sunday against the Falcons: “You certainly see things so much better from up there, you’re able to see the defensive adjustments and see the play unfold and kind of almost anticipate more what they’re doing.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • DOUBTFUL for Week 2: DE Rasheem Green (neck), T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 2: WR Phillip Dorsett (foot)
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