NFC West Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks


  • Per Adam Caplan, Cardinals DT Clint McDonald signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with a $120,000 signing bonus, $930,000 base salary and $200,000 total in per-game roster bonuses. 
  • Darren Urban notes that Cardinals G Max Garcia is still recovering from last year’s torn ACL injury and could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. 


The 49ers received good news regarding first-round DE Nick Bosa, who sprained his ankle during training camp. 49ers GM John Lynch said Bosa is “exceeding where we thought he could be” in his recovery. However, Lynch says the team is going to take a long-term perspective with Bosa and his health.

“Knowing how much he means to this organization and how we’re looking at this as a long-term proposition, we’re not going to rush anything,” Lynch said via NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco. “And doing what he does, it’s one thing to be able to run out here, but doing it against a 330-pound man, turning and all the things a D-lineman has to do is another level. But I can say we’re very encouraged with the way it’s going with Nick.”

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan has been noticeably harsh on WR Dante Pettis in public comments this summer, repeatedly calling out and demanding more from the second-year player. Shanahan says that’s because his expectations for Pettis are so high. 

“I have been hard on Dante,” Shanahan said via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “But if anyone knows me, I am the hardest on people that I believe in. And I do believe in him a lot. And I’m always going to be probably a little disappointed because I think he can be very good. And it’s important to our team that he is.”

  • The Athletic’s Matt Barrows says the 49ers could place RB Jerick McKinnon on injured reserve following cutdowns to give him a chance to return later this year. 
  • San Francisco could also go ahead and place him on injured reserve and end his season if they don’t want to expose a player to waivers they otherwise wouldn’t. 
  • Barrows doesn’t believe the 49ers will cut McKinnon because his salary has already been fully guaranteed.


Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said he is optimistic with second-round WR D.K. Metcalf‘s recovery from knee surgery last week, but would not commit to him being available for Week 1. 

“Let’s just wait and see how he does,” Carroll said, via Brady Henderson of ESPN. “I want to and he wants to. He’s referred to himself as Wolverine, like he’s going to bounce back, and so maybe he can pull that off. He’s running today. Right now he’s out there on the turf doing it, so we’ll see what happens. It’s really just an assessment every day. He really feels pretty comfortable right now. He doesn’t have any swelling and all that, so he doesn’t have the hindrance that could have shown up. So it just depends on how he tolerates it.”

  • Henderson also points out Seahawks WR David Moore is also expected to miss Week 1 due to a shoulder injury and could be out an extended period. 

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