NFC West Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



49ers TE George Kittle made it clear he’s hoping to return for Sunday’s game against the Packers after putting in a limited practice on Thursday. 

“It went really well,” Kittle said, via NBC Bay Area. “It was definitely a great step in the right direction. It was really fun being back out there with all the guys. I definitely don’t miss sitting in the training room all day. My goal definitely is still Green Bay.

The 49ers have been looking for someone to emerge from their crowded depth chart at wide receiver all season, as a combination of youth and injuries have limited all the team’s available options. San Francisco might have an answer, though, as second-round rookie WR Deebo Samuel has gone over 100 yards receiving in two straight games and is trying to be the first 49ers since WR Jerry Rice to do it a third. 

“He’s fearless,” 49ers CB Richard Sherman said via Josh Dubow of the Associated Press. “Deebo Samuel is fearless. He’ll run through any catch. You get some receivers running across the middle and they’re looking for who’s going to him them. Deebo is looking for who he’s going to hit. That’s a much different mentality than most people.”

  • The San Francisco 49ers officially ruled out DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring) and T Joe Staley (finger) for Week 12 and list RB Matt Breida (ankle) and K Robbie Gould (right quadricep) as doubtful.
  • The 49ers also have TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder), and WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) down as questionable.


Rams WR Brandin Cooks is ready to return after working his way back from another concussion. Cooks says he did not contemplate retirement during his time away from the team. 

“Absolutely not,” Cooks said, via “When it happened, that never went through my mind. Even now, it’s not going through my mind.”

“One of the biggest things that I learned, concussions is a case-by-case thing,” Cooks explained. “Mine was very unique, and just thankful once again to be able to go and get answers.

Cooks was asked if he or the public should be concerned about the possibility of him suffering another concussion. 

“It’s one of those things that I’m taking game by game. But, no, I don’t think you should be concerned, because I’m not,” Cooks said. 

  • Rams WR Robert Woods recently returned to the team after missing last weekend’s game due to a personal issue: “I just appreciate the Rams organization allowing me to deal with my family matters, allowing me to keep this personal . . .felt good to be back out there, being back with the guys and the team. I’m just taking it day by day, working towards being prepared for Monday night.” (Los Angeles Daily News)


  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said that DE Jadeveon Clowney (hip) had “an off-campus treatment” on Friday and will join the team in Philadelphia. Clowney is considered to be a game-day decision for Week 12. (John Boyle)
  • As for what happened with TE Ed Dickson that led to him being placed back on injured reserve, Carroll said he had his workload ramped up this week and he just wasn’t ready to go with the added workload. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • The Seattle Seahawks officially list DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee, hip) and CB Neiko Thorpe (groin) as questionable for Week 12.
  • Seahawks placed TE Ed Dickson on injured reserve. (NFLTR)
  • Seahawks promoted TE Tyrone Swoopes to their active roster.
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