NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks



  • 49ers Kyle Shanahan said he hasn’t decided yet whether the team will keep two or three quarterbacks on their roster: “I know there’s three guys I’d like to keep but that has to do with D-linemen, receivers, running backs, safeties, everybody. That’s why you don’t decide until the 53.” (Nick Wagoner)
  • Jenna Laine reports that former Dolphins OL coach Chris Foerster has accepted a position with the 49ers. Laine adds that Foerster assists the coaching staff with game-planning.
  • According to Laine, Foerster was actually hired during the offseason, but the move was never announced or mentioned on their website. 


  • Cardinals GM Steve Keim said (via that while newly signed WR Michael Crabtree isn’t “blazing” in his speed, he’s a crafty route runner who is “very sudden” in and out of breaks: “There is no doubt he is going to catch a lot of balls.
  • Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said of Crabtree: “I think he’s been a very productive player in this league,” Kingsbury said. “Very savvy, mentally tough player, plays physical, brings a lot for our young receivers to learn from and be around. We’re excited about him.
  • Regarding the recent trade for DL Bruce Hector, Keim said: “To find a young defensive lineman to give depth and play in the rotation is a real plus.”
  • Keim didn’t rule out trading or claiming a cornerback with Patrick Peterson suspended and Robert Alford injured. 


  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that DE Ziggy Ansah has a chance to return to practice next week. According to Carroll, Ansah’s shoulder is now fine and it’s actually the groin tweak he’s working his way back from. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll mentioned that rookie WR D.K. Metcalf will be active and doing stuff next week. Metcalf has had no swelling in his knee since undergoing surgery. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • According to Carroll, WR David Moore has a shoulder injury and he’s “going to be out for a bit.” (John Boyle)
  • Tom Pelissero reports that Moore is getting a second opinion on a shoulder injury that is not expected to require surgery.
  • Carroll also said he expects both Mike Iupati and George Fant to be ready for the regular-season opener and first-round DE L.J. Collier is getting closer to return and will ramp up his work next week. (Bob Condotta)
  • Veteran TE Ed Dickson is “still aways away” from returning.
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