NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



  • Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area writes that WR Deebo Samuel‘s return from a fractured foot could be a make or break issue for the 49ers’ upcoming season.
  • Maiocco notes that 49ers WR Trent Taylor underwent surgery last August to repair a Jones fracture in his foot. While Taylor was expected back for the majority of the season, he ultimately had five surgeries.
  • Maiocco notes that Samuel said on social media that he expects to return in ten weeks, which is prior to Week 1 of the season.
  • The 49ers confirmed that WR/KR Richie James Jr suffered a fractured right wrist. They expect to have a better idea of his timetable when he reports for training camp, but the injury won’t require surgery. (Matt Maiocco)
  • According to Mike Garafolo, one of the 49ers players who was working out in Nashville tested positive for COVID-19. Garafolo says the rest of the group is getting tested and trying to figure out how and when they can travel.
  • Tom Pelissero adds that the entire group, which includes all of the 49ers’ quarterbacks and many of their skill players, got tested this morning and are awaiting results.


  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue says when the Rams restructure DT Aaron Donald‘s contract, it will likely signal an extension for CB Jalen Ramsey is impending. 
  • Rodrigue doesn’t think the Rams will consider signing QB Colin Kaepernick as they already have limited cap space. 
  • Rodrigue mentions she gets the sense the Rams will want to keep former third-round LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo around on the roster. 


  • Ian Rapoport reports that free agent WR Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL on Wednesday and that there could be interest from the Seahawks in re-signing him.
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