NFC West Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks



After an injury to starting K Robbie Gould in practice left him out of commission for Monday night, the 49ers turned to UDFA rookie Chase McLaughlin who had previously filled in for the Chargers earlier this season for a spot start against the Seahawks. For most of the night, McLaughlin looked like the hero, hitting two kicks in the fourth quarter to tie the game for the 49ers. But when he lined up for a field goal that would have won the game in overtime, McLaughlin shanked the ball so far left that it landed in the tunnel. 

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” McLaughlin said via NBC Sports’ Scott Bair“I’ll have to look at it on film, but I rushed it a little bit and hit it a little high. Unfortunately, I missed it.”

  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, 49ers RB Matt Breida is getting a second opinion on his sprained ankle and may miss some time to let it heal. 
  • 49ers C Weston Richburg should not miss any time after an injury to his left, non-snapping hand. (Pelissero)
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that WR Emmanuel Sanders has a rib injury and is considered day to day. According to Shanahan, Sanders will likely be a game-time decision in Week 11. (Nick Wagoner)
  • Kyle Shanahan mentioned that LT Joe Staley’s finger injury could require surgery, which  would sideline him for a “couple weeks.” (Eric Branch)
  • According to Shanahan, TE George Kittle’s knee/ankle injury is a “much bigger injury” than Robbie Gould’s quad injury. (Matt Maiocco)


The Seahawks stayed true to their plan and had WR Josh Gordon on a pitch count in his first appearance for the team Monday night against the 49ers. Gordon was still able to make an impact in his limited snaps, though, converting a pair of huge third-downs with his two receptions late in Seattle’s overtime win. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has high hopes for Gordon going forward. 

“Josh Gordon has been a great addition to our team,” Wilson said via Pro Football Talk. “We have a lot of great receivers and a lot of guys who can catch the football and make plays. He made some huge, huge catches today on third downs. He had the one slant to the right and I think another on the left. Just some of the plays he was making with confidence on big third downs to continue drives. He was great. He had a great week. It’s great to have him on our football team.”

Gordon could be asked to play a large role sooner than expected after Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett had to be hospitalized following a knee injury Monday night. Lockett was diagnosed with a knee contusion at the game but the rapid and significant swelling prompted the team to take him to the hospital overnight for observation in case something more serious like compartment syndrome developed. 

“Well, I think there’s a lot of swelling. The contusion caused a lot of swelling right away and they’ve got stuff,” Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said via NFL Media’s Nick Shook. “There’s concerns about that. So, we just got to take care of him and we’re ahead of it, so we should be in good shape but sorry to see him. You could tell without having ‘No-E’ (Lockett) out there we looked different and we need him back.”

  • Carroll added Tuesday morning that Lockett “should be okay going forward.” (John Boyle)

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