NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks



49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan noted that T Justin Skule will start at right guard for the 49ers on Sunday due to there being four interior linemen that are unable to play.

“We’re going to play the guys that have been out there for us and that the other four (linemen) are used to playing with,” Shanahan said, via Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle. “And (we’ll) see how it goes. “The moment’s not too big for him. He knows what to do. And feel fortunate to have a guy who will hop in anywhere we ask him to go.”

  • Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports takes a look at some potential defensive coordinator candidates to replace DC Robert Saleh if he leaves this offseason. Maiocco’s list includes: Former Falcons HC Dan Quinn, Chargers DC Gus Bradley, Falcons’ interim HC Raheem Morris, Broncos HC Vic Fangio and 49ers ILBs coach DeMeco Ryans.


Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he’s proud of OLB Haason Reddick as a player, pointing out that the linebacker has “never complained” about the stress involved in playing.

“I just know how tough this business can be and how it can eat away at your soul and the stress is unbearable at times,” Keim said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official site. “I told him a couple of months ago at practice that I was proud of him then, and it was just because he never complained, he never made excuses, and he just went out and worked every day.”

Although Cardinals K Zane Gonzalez is missing time with a back injury, Keim still believes that the kicker has a lot of potential for his career. 

“He does have a tremendous amount of talent and I sort of equate it to the game of golf,” Keim said. “Guys who can sort of get out of rhythm or get a little funky with their swing, and it just takes a few things to dial back in, to get the focus back and the consistency. It is a funny position. Most kickers go through that a period of their career. There is a fine line of knowing when it’s time to move on. Again, Zane is a guy who has a tremendous amount of talent and I still think he’s going to have a great career in the NFL. It was nice to see (Mike) Nugent step in, a guy who has been Steady Eddie his entire career.”

  • The Cardinals ruled out C Lamont Gaillard from Sunday’s game to a non-injury related issue. (Darren Urban)
  • Cardinals tried out K Brett Maher. (Aaron Wilson)


Seahawks’ OC Brian Schottenheimer says that nothing has changed with WR Tyler Lockett this season and that he still making great plays for Seattle.

“It’s just the way the ball goes,” Schottenheimer said, via Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic. “He’s not doing anything different; we’re not game-planning any different. The season goes in ebbs and flows for everybody, whether it’s the quarterbacks, the running backs, the offensive linemen, the tight ends, so I really don’t think there is anything I would point to that says, ‘Oh, boy, he’s not getting the ball because of this.’ He’s still making some big-time plays for us.”

  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll said that TE Greg Olsen, RB Rashaad Penny, and CB Quinton Dunbar all practiced this week but is unsure if any of them will play on Sunday. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll also added that RB Travis Homer, OL Jamarco Jones, and OL Phil Haynes are all “in long-term situations” with their injuries, meaning that those roster spots could open up for Olsen, Penny, and Dunbar. (Condotta)
  • Carroll said FedExField’s turf “doesn’t impact our thinking at all” in terms of playing Penny and that equipment director Erik Kennedy “is in charge of all that stuff and he’s telling us that we’re OK.” (Brady Henderson)
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