NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



49ers’ veteran CB Richard Sherman said his recovery from a calf injury is “definitely solved” after suffering a few setbacks during his rehab. 

“It’s definitely solved,” Sherman said, via Eric Branch of the SF Chronicle. “It took a while to get it solved. Had a few setbacks. But I’m not expecting this to be anything chronic. It was cool because we were able to get to the bottom of some deeper-lying problems and get those corrected, so that we didn’t have anything in the future. It sucked in terms of the time missed, but it helped in terms of the long-term prospects.”

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan added that Sherman has found a way to adjust with his age and reiterated that they would like to re-sign him this offseason. 

“Sherm’s a guy that when he does get older and he does descend, he’s such a good football player, he finds a way,” Shanahan said. “I understand (he’ll be a free agent). I understand there’s a number of guys on our team with that this year. But whoever can help us win football games — our guys are trying to figure out how to bring back. Especially guys who do it the right way. Sherm is as good as anyone in those categories.”


For as long as Rams CB Jalen Ramsey was in the AFC South with the Jaguars, he had master class duels with former Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins twice a year. When Ramsey was traded, it looked like those would become a thing of the past. But then Houston traded Hopkins to the NFC West and the rivalry has continued this year. 

“I felt bad for DeShaun Watson — that was one thing right of the bat, I felt bad for him,” Ramsey said via’s Eric Williams. “And then I instantly tried to get my mind right, again, you know what I mean? Whether I felt like I won or lost the matchup, those battles were always fun. Me being traded last year, I got out of that division and I didn’t think I would be playing him for a while, and it just seems like he followed me. Wherever I’m going, he’s going. I follow him during the game, he followed me to the division — that’s what it seems like.”

  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes the Rams won’t need to relocate for an extended period the way the 49ers have to Arizona, as Los Angeles has different restrictions than San Francisco right now. 


Seahawks’ OC Brian Schottenheimer told reporters that he was excited for the return of WR Josh Gordon, who has had his fair share of ups and downs in his career thus far.

“He was an unbelievable pro,” Schottenheimer said, via Pro Football Talk. “I mean just the way he worked. . . . He was awesome to have around. I can’t wait to have him back and he gives [quarterback Russell Wilson] another fun toy to play with.”

  • NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo notes Gordon’s reinstatement is conditional and he still has some things to go through with the substance abuse program he’s been participating in. But he’s on track to return in Week 16. 
  • Garafolo adds there was direct communication recently between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Gordon which went well. Goodell likes Gordon and wants him to succeed, and Garafolo adds the Seahawks organization is a positive environment for Gordon as well. 
  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said after Sunday’s loss to the Giants that RB Chris Carson is “just making it to the game” and still dealing with soreness in his foot. Carroll added that they didn’t want to overwork Carson or Carlos Hyde on Sunday, which is why Carson got 13 carries and six targets while Hyde had two carries and three targets. (Brady Henderson)
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