Staph infection is 49ers' fourth in four years


Staph infection is 49ers' fourth in four years

The 49ers are no strangers to staph, as nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga's case is the fourth-known infection to strike a team member in the past four seasons.Staph is bacteria that can enter the body through an abrasion, causing infection. Most infections are minor, but certain strains can cause athletes to miss significant playing time. Those serious strains can be resistant to antibiotics.
The 49ers have declined official comment. But a source said Sopoaga's infection is not believed to be serious. It is unknown how much time he will miss. The 49ers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Candlestick Park.It is also unknown how or where Sopoaga contracted his staph infection. The 49ers played Sept 25 at Cincinnati. After the game, the team traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, where they practiced three times over the next five days. On Friday, the 49ers flew to Philadelphia for Sunday's game. Immediately following the game, the team flew back to the Bay Area, arriving home Sunday night.Football locker rooms are particularly susceptible to staph infections because the players regularly sustain cuts and abrasions. There are up to 61 players, including practice squad, in the tight quarters of a locker room.The 49ers were hit with two staph infections in 2008. Receiver Joshua Morgan, who lost 15 pounds, and safety Keith Lewis both missed practices late in the exhibition season.The following year, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois was placed on the non-football illness list upon reporting to training camp with a staph infection. The club said he contracted it in Miami before reporting to camp. He missed the first five days of camp before being cleared to practice.

On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties


On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties

Starting safety Eric Reid will not be available for the 49ers on Thursday night, and the other presumptive starting safeties are questionable, too.

Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and Jaquiski Tartt (neck) went through limited practice Wednesdsay and are listed as questionable to face the Los Angeles Rams in front of a national television audience at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday night.

Ward and Tartt are expected to be available for the game, but the 49ers’ only healthy safeties are rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert.

Reid is expected miss more than one game with a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Reid is listed as out for Thursday’s game, along with linebacker Reuben Foster.

The 49ers medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot to stabilize his high right ankle sprain. General manager John Lynch said Foster is making good progress, but the 49ers are going to be cautious with him.

“The one thing I know is that freak athletes tend to be freak healers, as well,” Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He wanted to play the first week in the boot. That’s just the way he’s wired. We got to make sure he’s all the way healthy before we put him in, and we’re going to do that.”

Tight end George Kittle (hip) and linebacker Eli Harold (foot) are questionable for the game and are expected to play. Kittle sustained his injury during the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Harold was stepped on during a practice this week.

49ers injury report
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Eric Reid (knee)
LB Eli Harold (foot)
TE George Kittle (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (neck)
S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

The 49ers entered the regular season feeling as confident in quarterback Brian Hoyer as anyone on the offensive side of the ball.

But Hoyer has struggled through the worst back-to-back games of his 33-start NFL career. And the 49ers need him to get going, beginning Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"I want him to get his edge back. I want him to get his confidence,” Shanahan said Wednesday on the KNBR Morning Show.

“We need Brian to step up, and we need everyone around him to step up.”

In the first two games of the season, Hoyer has completed 62.9 percent of his 62 pass attempts but for just 292 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is a lowly 60.7.

The 49ers have scored only four field goals and no touchdowns on their 21 offensive possessions in losses to Carolina and Seattle. Moreover, the 49ers have converted just four of 23 (17.4 percent) of their third-down attempts.

The quick turnaround on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium is something Hoyer said he welcomes this week -- of all weeks.

Last season with the Chicago Bears, Hoyer did not throw for fewer than 300 yards in any of his four full games. On Sunday in the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seahawks, he managed just 99 yards passing.

“It was a tough game and now we move on,” Hoyer said. “Thankfully, this week we get to move on really quick and move on to LA.

”You get to put the last one behind you and move on to the next.”