NFC West Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



  • According to Matt Maiocco, the 49ers will turn to former Falcons practice squad OT Daniel Brunskill to start at right tackle for 4-6 weeks while starter Mike McGlinchey is out. 
  • He joins sixth-round rookie OT Justin Skule, who’s filling in for Joe Staley at left tackle. 
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said they would consider a trade to help the position, though it’s hard when the entire league is starved for quality offensive tackle play: “Things got to be available. You got to be able to make smart decisions. If there were a smart decision out there, we’d definitely look into it. It doesn’t seem like many are available right now.”


The Rams liked third-round rookie RB Darrell Henderson so much they traded up to make sure they landed him during the draft this past April. However, Henderson has failed to make much of an immediate impact, playing only two snaps in five games this year. That could change this week, however, with Rams RB Todd Gurley missing practice with a quad injury. 

“Fortunately for us, we’ve got some depth at that position,” Rams HC Sean McVay said via the Orange County Register’s Kevin Modesti. “We’ve talked about it, whether it’s this week, at some point, the confidence we have in Malcolm. There’s also going to be a time that we’re going to rely on Darrell Henderson. It might end up being this week.”

  • Rams WR Brandin Cooks is still in the concussion protocol but apparently is doing well per McVay: “He’s feeling good. He’s feeling good. Good enough to put a Joker mask on. That was weird.” (Lindsey Thiry)


Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney tells Ian Rapoport of the NFL Media that he expected to remain with the Texans before HC Bill O’Brien informed him that they were set on trading him. 

I thought I was going to be in Houston and then the last call to get ready to go in for training camp like two weeks before. Bill O’Brien was like, ‘We are trading you.’ I was just like, ‘Oh, OK,’” Clowney said. “Well, I will hold off on signing (the franchise tender) now cause I don’t know where I’m getting traded to. Because he was like, ‘We don’t know where we’re going to send you yet, but we are going to trade you.’”

Clowney had been linked to the Dolphins and he even met with Miami, but he made it clear that he wanted to go a team that was positioned to win.

Miami, yeah, I didn’t want to go. Send me to a team that has a chance to win,” Clowney said. “And when I hear about Seattle, Philly, also, of course, I want to go. I’ve got guys on both teams I’ve played with before. I would have loved to play for either one of the teams. So anyone of them would have worked for me.”

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