Ginn sustains ankle injury, Edwards sits it out


Ginn sustains ankle injury, Edwards sits it out

SAN FRANCISCO -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said he wanted the four receivers active who gave the 49ers their best chance to win Monday night.And Braylon Edwards was not one of those receivers.Edwards, who saw limited practice time last week with knee and shoulder ailments, was inactive for the 49ers' 20-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he might soon be needed again.Receiver Ted Ginn left the game after sustaining an ankle sprain on the opening kickoff of the second half. A team source indicated that X-rays were negative, but his status for Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks is uncertain.
Ginn returned to the sideline in the second half and watched the remainder of the game in street clothes without the use of crutches.The fact that Edwards was not in uniform was a bit of a surprise after he suited up for the Dec. 11 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He did not play Dec. 4 against the St. Louis Rams, as he focused on strengthening his right knee and left shoulder.Harbaugh indicated afterward that the decision to deactivate Edwards was not health-related."We went with the three," Harbaugh said. "Felt like (Kyle) Williams, Ginn and (Michael Crabtree) gave us the best chance. Then, we also wanted to use Brett (Swain) on special teams. Those were the four we dressed."Crabtree and Williams supplied virtually identical numbers for the 49ers. Crabtree had four catches for 35 yards, while Williams caught four balls for 33 yards. Swain made his first reception of the season -- a 9-yarder -- after Ginn was injured.
Edwards ranks eighth on the 49ers with 14 catches for 172 yards in eight games.--Left tackle Joe Staley, who received medical clearance Sunday one week after sustaining a concussion, started and played most of the game. He left the game in the fourth quarter when he got kicked in his left leg. Staley underwent X-rays that were negative, he said. In a statistical anomaly, punter Andy Lee's net average was actually better than his gross average -- thanks to Antonio Brown's minus-10 yard return in the fourth quarter. Lee punted six times. His gross average was 47.5, and his net average was 49.0."Guys are covering," Lee said. "They're getting down the field and I don't have to worry about anything." The 49ers became the first team in NFL history to not allow a rushing touchdown in their first 14 games of a season. The 49ers are also on pace to set a team mark in average points allowed. The 49ers have surrendered just 13.2 points per game. In 1976, the 49ers allowed 13.6 points per game.

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

Comings and goings: 49ers coaching staff

First-year coach Kyle Shanahan is close to completing his 49ers coaching staff.

Shanahan will handle the duties of the offensive coordinator, the position he held with Houston, Washington and Atlanta over the past nine NFL seasons.

Robert Saleh is the 49ers' new defensive coordinator, while Richard Hightower has been hired as the special-teams coordiator.

Here's a look at the 49ers' coaching staffs under Shanahan and last season under Chip Kelly:

Position: Coach (2016 job)
Head coach: Kyle Shanahan (Falcons, offensive coordinator)
Defensive coordinator: Robert Saleh (Jaguars, linebackers coach)
Special teams coordinator: Richard Hightower (Bears, assistant special teams)
Assistant head coach/tight ends: Jon Embree (Buccaneers, tight ends)
Run game specialist: Mike McDaniel (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Quarterbacks: Rich Scangarello (Wagner, offensive coordinator)
Running backs: Bobby Turner (Falcons, running backs)
Wide receivers: Mike LaFleur (Falcons, offensive assistant)
Offensive line: Vacant
Offensive assistant: T.C. McCartney (LSU, offensive assistant)
Senior defensive assistant: Jason Tarver (49ers, outside linebackers)
Defensive line: Jeff Zgonina (N.Y. Giants, assistant defensive line)
Linebackers: Johnny Holland (Browns, inside linebackers)
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Offensive quality control: Taylor Embree (Chiefs, defensive assistant)
Defensive quality control: Bobby Slowik
Head strength and conditioning: Ray Wright

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Position: Coach (current status)
Head coach: Chip Kelly
Offensive coordinator: Curtis Modkins (Bears, running backs)
Defensive coordinator: Jim O’Neil
Special teams coordinator: Derius Swinton
Quarterbacks: Ryan Day (Ohio State, quarterbacks)
Running backs: Tom Rathman
Wide receivers: Bob Bicknell
Tight ends: Jeff Nixon (Baylor, co-offensive coordinator/running backs)
Offensive line: Pat Flaherty (Jaguars, offensive line)
Assistant offensive line: Eric Wolford (South Carolina, offensive line)
Defensive line: Jerry Azzinaro (Cal, defensive line)
Assistant defensive line: Vince Oghobaase
Outside linebackers: Jason Tarver (49ers, senior defensive assistant)
Inside linebacker: Joe Bowden
Defensive backs: Jeff Hafley (49ers, defensive backs)
Assistant defensive backs: Roy Anderson (Bears, assistant secondary)
Assistant special teams: Michael Clay
Offensive quality control: Mick Lombardi (Jets, offensive assistant/assistant QBs coach)
Defensive quality control: Tem Lukabu
Senior analyst: Dana Bible
Director of human performance: Mark Uyeyama

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

Report: 49ers receive permission from Broncos to interview O-line coach

John Benton, who coached on the same staff during Kyle Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, has reportedly received permission from the Denver Broncos to interview with the 49ers.

The Broncos hired Benton on Jan. 15 to work as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

But Denver coach Vance Joseph and general manager John Elway provided Benton permission to interview with the 49ers, Denver’s 9News reported. The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were looking at Benton.

The offensive line coach is the last major position that remains vacant on Shanahan’s staff.

Benton worked last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first NFL coaching job was with Houston in 2006, when he coached wide receivers. Shanahan became the quarterbacks coach with the Texans in 2007 before spending the next two seasons as offensive coordinator under then-coach Gary Kubiak.

The 49ers announced nine additions to the coaching staff on Friday.

Also, the 49ers are expected to hire Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.