49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again


49ers inactives: Ginn, Jacobs, top rookies out again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ted Ginn Jr. and Brandon Jacobs remain inactive for the 49ers on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.Also, the team's top draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, will not be in uniform. Neither Jenkins nor James has played in a regular-season game.Eric Bakhtiari, the team's only backup outside linebacker, and rookie tight end Garrett Celek will suit up for the game. Bakhtiari was signed this week to take the roster spot that opened when the NFL suspended Clark Haggans three games for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.Celek and safety Trenton Robinson are the only two rookies in uniform for the 49ers. Robinson was a sixth-round draft pick. Celek was undrafted. Both played college football at Michigan State.Ginn had his first week of limited practice after sustaining an ankle sprain Aug. 26 against the Denver Broncos in the 49ers' third exhibition game.Kyle Williams handled the punt-return chores in the first two games. Williams has 28 return yards on two punt returns. He also has three fair-catches. Kendall Hunter has averaged 23.2 yards on five kickoff returns with one fumble.Jacobs has not practiced since sustaining a left knee sprain Aug. 18 against the Houston Texans in the 49ers' second exhibition game. His status for next week's game at the New York Jets is unknown, as he will likely require at least one week of full practice for the 49ers to play him in a game.49ers inactives
QB Scott Tolzien
WR A.J. Jenkins
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
RB LaMichael James
RB Brandon Jacobs
G Joe Looney
NT Ian WilliamsVikings inactives
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
WR Jarius Wright
CB Brandon Burton
S Robert Blanton
LB Erin Henderson
G Mark Asper
DE D'Aundre ReedMarvin Mitchell will start at weakside linebacker in place of Henderson, who is out with a concussion. The 49ers lead the overall series 22-21-1, but the Vikings hold a 9-13 advantage in games played in Minnesota. The Vikings have won the past two meetings and four out of five, including a stirring 27-24 victory over in the final seconds on Brett Favre's 32-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis with :02 remaining.Since the beginning of last season, the 49ers are 7-2 in road games, ranking tied for second in the NFL with the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers are 7-1, entering their game Monday night at the Seattle Seahawks.--Quarterback Alex Smith has attempted 216 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest streak in team history. He has won 16 of his past 19 starts.--In Smith's career, 49ers are 12-0 when Smith starts and has passer rating of 100 or better.--The 49ers have won seven in row when running back Frank Gore gains 100 yards or more rushing. Since 2006, Gore has 7,218 rush yards, second-most most in the NFL.--Since entering the NFL in 2007, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads league with 6,896 rush yards and 66 rushing touchdowns. In 37 career home games, he has rushed for 3,854 yards (104.2 per game) and 36 TDs.

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

Report: 49ers seek first-round pick for Staley

If the 49ers are active at the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 1, the organization figures to be sellers.

With a 1-6 record, mired in a six-game losing streak and seemingly fielding a less-competitive team every week, the 49ers do not figure to be in the buying market with the trade deadline approaching.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 32, one of the team’s few players who would be attractive to a contender, is available for a first-round draft pick, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cited a “source with knowledge of the dynamics.”

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is also on the trade market for a second-round pick, according to the report. The teams mentioned with potential interest in acquiring Staley or Thomas are the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots, reports PFT.

Staley has a base salary of $5.4 million this season. His pay increases to $8.95 million next season, including $8.25 million in base salary. He is signed through the 2019 season.

Staley, a first-round draft pick in 2007, has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.

If the 49ers trade Staley, it could open the way for right tackle Trent Brown to move to the left side. The only other tackle on the roster is rookie John Theus. Veteran guard Zane Beadles is also capable of playing tackle.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. (PT). The 49ers enter their bye week after Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team’s next game is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.

Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie


Kickers miss short field goals in OT; Seahawks, Cardinals tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

The last tie in the NFL came in 2014, when Carolina and Cincinnati tied 37-37.

The Cardinals (3-3-1) dominated the game statistically and looked to be in shape to win it after Carson Palmer's 40-yard pass to J.J. Nelson set up Catanzaro's short kick.

The Seahawks (4-1-1), stuffed throughout regulation by the Arizona defense, took over and Russell Wilson completed passes of 31 yards to Jermaine Kearse and 27 yards to Doug Baldwin to give Houschka his short attempt.

Both kickers made field goals on their teams' first possession of overtime.

Catanzaro, who kicked field goals of 46 and 45 yards, also had a 39-yard field goal blocked by a stunning play by Bobby Wagner.

Until the overtime, the only time the Seahawks crossed midfield came when Tanner McEnvoy blocked Ryan Quigley's punt with 4:33 to play. That gave Seattle the ball on the Arizona 27 and led to Hauschka's 40-yard field goal that tied it at 3 with four minutes to play.

Catanzaro's 46-yard field goal put Arizona up 3-0 with 3:11 left in the first half and the Cardinals nursed that lead until the blocked punt.

On a bruising night, Arizona's David Johnson had a career-high 41 touches. He carried the ball 33 times for 113 yards and caught eight passes for 58 yards. Russell Wilson, obviously slowed by leg problems, complelted 24 of 37 passes for 225 yards, most of the damage coming in the overtime. He carried the ball once for minus-two yards.

Arizona's defense nearly scored halfway through the fourth quarter when Chandler Jones hit Wilson as he was about to pass and the ball bounced toward the Seattle goal line, but Michael Glowinski jumped on it for Seattle and the 4-yard line, a 20-yard loss.


The Cardinals had the first scoring threat. Catanzaro lined up for a 39-yard field goal but 245-pound linebacker Wagner jumped over Arizona long snapper Aaron Brewer like an Olympic hurdler and blocked it. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians argued loudly for a penalty and was charged with a timeout when he challenged a play that is not reviewable. That proved significant when the Cardinals couldn't stop the clock to get off a short field goal attempt as the first half ended.


The Cardinals were without speedster John Brown after doctors diagnosed sickle cell traits that were causing leg pain. The other wide receiver named Brown, Jaron, left the game early with a knee injury, depleting is usually one of the league's deeper wide receiver corps.