Sam Bradford may not play vs. 49ers Sunday

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Sam Bradford may not play vs. 49ers Sunday

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was very limited in practice, leaving his availability in doubt for Sunday's game at San Francisco.

"He didn't do much at all," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's still a little sore, so we'll see where we're at tomorrow."

Bradford aggravated a high left ankle sprain in last week's loss to the Seahawks and didn't practice Thursday. Spagnuolo thought Bradford hadn't improved much since then.

Bradford, who was listed as questionable, was not made available to reporters.

Backup A.J. Feeley would make his third start if Bradford isn't able to go. One of Feeley's starts was the Rams' best game of the year, a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

"It helps when you get reps in practice," Feeley said. "But I fully anticipate Sam being ready to go."

The Rams re-signed quarterback Tom Brandstater to the practice squad as insurance, releasing linebacker Eddie Jones.

Bradford didn't practice much leading up to the Arizona game in early November, but started in an overtime loss after missing two games with the injury. He had been listed as questionable.

"We're going to make sure he's OK," Spagnuolo said. "It's kind of like the Arizona game, we didn't play him until we knew he could get himself in and out of trouble."

Spagnuolo said Bradford was hurt making a throw, rather than getting the ankle rolled on by a tackler.

Wide receiver Danario Alexander (hamstring) has been practicing all week, giving the Rams a potential deep threat. Alexander has missed five games.

"Danario adds a little bit of a different element," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Thursday of the 6-foot-5 Alexander. "He's got obviously a lot of size and length and has made some down-the-field plays for us that have really helped us."

Safety Darian Stewart (concussion) ruled himself out for this week, saying he didn't feel right, although the team has not made anything official and listed him as questionable. Spagnuolo said Stewart did a lot in practice Thursday but didn't feel well afterward.

"I'm not feeling normal," Stewart said. "Just playing it safe."

Defensive end Chris Long (ankle) missed his second straight day of practice and also was questionable, but said Thursday it was "100 percent" that he'd play. Defensive tackle Justin Bannan (shoulder) was questionable.

Punter Donnie Jones didn't test his sprained left ankle, saving it for game day. Jones was hurt when his cleats got caught in the turf trying to make a play on Patrick Peterson's 80-yard punt return for touchdown last week, but made a couple of punts after that.

Kicker Josh Brown is the backup punter.

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:

2017 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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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2016 49ERS COACHING STAFF
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.