NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo may be able to return to the field in 2020, as HC Kyle Shanahan notes that his quarterback won’t require season-ending surgery on his ankle.

“Hopefully, it heals up the way the doctors are anticipating,” Shanahan said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “And he’ll be good to go then and not need surgery.”

  • The San Francisco 49ers are bringing in WR Chris Finke and QB Josh Johnson for visits, according to Aaron Wilson. Johnson is expected to join their practice squad in the coming days.
  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN believes that if the 49ers decide to move on from the non-guaranteed contract of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, they should bring in a young quarterback such as Jets’ QB Sam Darnold who could have the tools to succeed in the NFC West.


Rams executive Kevin Demoff said the organization would be open to releasing a new uniform every season. 

“Plan to roll those out in the coming years,” Demoff said, via Cameron DaSilva of RamsWire. “If we do one, it’ll be one next year and maybe one the following year, or some combination thereof. Our goal hopefully is we can get to the point where maybe we can unveil a new uniform every year, either the way we space it out or whether the NFL and Nike changes those rules. Maybe a little bit more of a European soccer model where you come out with that alternate jersey each year. Some people like that, some people don’t. But yeah, we could see that.”


Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll was talking injuries on Friday, and one player who he is definitely excited to have back is S Jamal Adams.

“We won’t limit him at all,” Carroll said, via John Boyle of “He took everything this week… He reported coming off the rehab really fit, so he looked great this week. He was flying. I don’t see any reason to restrict him at all. He’s just a fireball. He’s got so much juice to him. He plays at such a high level, and it translates to other guys in giving them confidence, and he’ll pick guys up after good plays, after bad plays, he’s just got such a positive effect that he’s a big factor. He’s a big factor. He’s a factor when he’s not playing. So the fact is he’s going out there to play some football for us, he’s such a good ballplayer. I don’t know how rusty he’ll be at all, but you’ll know that he’s out there. You’re going to be able to feel him on the field. He just makes things happen, and we’re really excited about his return, and also about the way we’re able to play him and the positions we can put him in.”

The team is also excited for the debut of former Bengals’ DE Carlos Dunlap, who Carroll says has had a “seamless” transition.

“Carlos had a really complete week,” Carroll said. “He was ready to go right at the beginning of the first day in the walkthrough and he had already studied up over the weekend, and stuff came real easy to them. So he was able to go out and play really clean. That’s your concern—is he confused, does it slow him down, the new system at all? But he’s played enough ball and he understands principles, and they do fit the way he’s liked to play in the past, so the transition was nothing. It was just it was seamless. Really looking forward, it’s been all lit up and having fun with everybody during the weekend.”

Another defensive end who could be returning to the fold for Seattle is DE Rasheem Green, who Carroll says is in great shape and has been working hard to make his return.

“Rasheem had a fantastic couple of weeks here,” Carroll said. “He’s in great shape, so he’s ready to get out there and play. He worked really hard in his rehab and return, and was in great shape before we started last week, so he looks really good.”

On a down note, the Seahawks were hoping that RB Chris Carson would be making his return this week, but his foot injury did not respond the way that the team thought it would. They remain hopeful that Carson will be able to return next week instead.

“He couldn’t make it today,” Carroll said. “Today was going to be the day we tried to decide where he was, and they didn’t feel like it was right to bring him out there today. So we got to leave him home, take care of him, get him ready for next week.”

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