NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


  • 94 WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks believes if the Eagles were to look to trade QB Carson Wentz, some team would talk themselves into giving up a first-round pick. He lists the Colts, Patriots, Broncos and 49ers as teams with the need and potential salary to absorb Wentz’s contract. 
  • If the 49ers were to make that move, they’d obviously have to move on from QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said they think DT D.J. Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain in Monday night’s loss to the Bills. (Matt Maiocco)
  • However, tests revealed Jones avoided the high-ankle sprain and will be day-to-day with the chance to play this week. (Maiocco)
  • 49ers G Tom Compton also left the game with a head injury. (Matt Barrows)
  • Shanahan notes 49ers WR Deebo Samuel did not practice Wednesday with a foot bruise. It’s unrelated to his injury this summer and he should still play against Washington this week. (Barrows)


The last time the Rams and Patriots faced off it was in the Super Bowl, with New England grounding Los Angeles’ potent offense in a 13-3 victory. The Rams and QB Jared Goff will face off against a much different Patriots team in a game with far lower stakes but Goff is still looking forward to making up for all the bad memories of that game. 

“You know, not very many good ones,” Goff said via the team’s official transcript. “I do remember it being extremely memorable in terms of just the experience of the whole week. Then obviously the game didn’t go our way, but I think just being there and being able to soak it all in and having that experience, for not only myself, but our team, as far as when we do get a chance to get back there, being able to handle that the way we want to.”

One key difference this time around is the Rams are slated to have WR Cooper Kupp in the fold, who missed the Super Bowl with a knee injury in 2019. However, Goff said that won’t cure everything that was wrong with their offense in that game. 

“Yeah, he’s a great player for us,” Goff said. “I mean, he’s the guy that we’ve relied on for a long time and it’ll be good having him be a part of this. I think there’s not many parallels that you can draw from that game and this game, the teams are so different. Our offense is different. Their defense is different. So, it’s not like add Cooper and it’s fixed. Obviously, we love having Cooper back, but they’ll give us some challenges and we’ll be ready for it and it’ll be a good game.”


The Seahawks once again limited RB Chris Carson and did not give him a full workload as he’s eased back into the lineup from an injury. However, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll thinks Carson is improving and should be back to full strength soon as Seattle enters the home stretch of the season. 

“He was feeling like he can handle about as much as he did the week before so we weren’t really ready to cut it loose,” Carroll said via Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree. “He feels better this week, going into the week than he’s felt at any time. So I think this week is really a time when we have a chance to just cut them loose and he can take the full load… He came out of the game better so in the long run of it we’ll have him, we hope, at full speed, full load this week.”

Seahawks DE Carlos Dunlap was also limited, playing just 23 snaps against the Giants after spraining his foot last week, but Carroll is optimistic he’ll improve this week. 

“Yes, he’s better off today than he was so that’s a good start to the week. By Wednesday, Thursday we’ll know where we’re sitting with him. But he feels better about it and it’s real positive signs,” Carroll said.

  • Carroll says TE Greg Olsen is “making a big turnaround” rehabbing a torn plantar fascia and could be nearing a return: “We’re not gonna set any limits on him. He’s doing some good stuff.” (Crabtree)
  • Carroll confirmed Seahawks WR Josh Gordon successfully passed through the COVID-19 protocols and is in the building, though he can’t practice until December 21. (Bob Condotta)
  • Seahawks RT Brandon Shell practiced Wednesday and Carroll is optimistic he’ll play this week. He’s less confident in S Ryan Neal and OL Jamarco Jones returning but doesn’t expect their injuries to be long-term. (Condotta)
  • Seahawks ST coach Brian Schneider returned to the team a few weeks ago from his leave of absence. Schneider will assist Larry Izzo, who took over for him after his departure. (Condotta)

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