NFC West Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks




49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed on Wednesday that TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) will not play in Week 11’s game against the Cardinals. 

We won’t have Kittle,” said Shanahan, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN

Regarding Kittle missing Week 10 and 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) exiting early, Shanahan said they expected to be without Kittle while Sanders tried to play “a few more series” on Monday. 

They’re our two best playmakers, so it definitely takes a toll,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports. “We knew that coming in with George. We kind of realized that was going to happen today. Emmanuel was out there battling. Had that happen with his ribs. He tried to go a few more series longer, but he had to go out. Other guys came in, some guys stepped it up at times. We just didn’t have the consistency out there.

  • NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco writes the 49ers are expected to try to keep DE Ronald Blair with a contract extension after this season. Blair, who tore his ACL Monday night and is out for the rest of the season, is set to enter unrestricted free agency following this season. 
  • Maiocco also points out that although Shanahan said on Tuesday they didn’t want to rule out Kittle too quickly because of his tolerance for pain, their staff found he was unable to go on Wednesday. 
  • 49ers RB Matt Breida is expected to miss a couple of weeks with his ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport)


New Seahawks S Quandre Diggs made his Seattle debut on Monday night after a midseason trade from the Lions. He instantly had a major impact with two tackles, a pass defense and an interception he took back 44 yards. Two tackles undersells how much of a physical impact Diggs had in the game, as Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said he helped set the tone for the defense. 

“I think the settling presence of a veteran, and also, [Diggs] is a hitter,” Carroll said via John Boyle of the team website. “He’s a real hitter and he goes for it. He had a couple big shots. Had a big shot in the toss. Had a couple shots on receivers that I think had a factor later on in the game. . . . You combine what [Diggs and Bradley McDougald] did, I thought the safety play was the best we’ve seen it this year. I thought that was the best game that our safeties have played. I’m hoping that we can continue to grow and get better and feed off it. It’s an early assessment because Q’s just played one game. He can do a lot of things, so we’ll be anxious to figure out how he can complement what we’re doing and utilize him now that he’s crossed the threshold of playing time for us.”

  • Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin saw his first defensive snaps of the season Monday night and is expected to get more going forward according to Carroll: “He’s instinctively a good rusher, he’s just not very big. You have to do special things with him. We’ll put that together and see if we can make that a good complement to what we’re doing.”
  • Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett returned to Seattle after two days at the hospital to monitor his leg contusion. Lockett is not expected to miss Seattle’s game in two weeks against the Eagles. (Adam Schefter)
  • Carroll said Seahawks’ veteran TE Luke Willson is dealing with a “legit hamstring” injury and TE Ed Dickson will fill in for him. (Bob Condotta)
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