49ers injury report: Gore will play

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49ers injury report: Gore will play

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Ray McDonald was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants with a hamstring strain.McDonald's status will be decided 90 minutes before kickoff when teams must declare their seven inactive players.Everyone else on the 49ers, including running back Frank Gore (ankle), is expected to be available for action.Meanwhile, the Giants have several injury concerns.The Giants will be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw, the team's leading rusher. Bradshaw will miss his second game with a foot injury. He did not play in the Giants' 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday. Bradshaw has 440 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 111 carries.Brandon Jacobs is the Giants' second-leading rusher with 60 carries for 198 yards (3.3 average) and three touchdowns.Leading receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, is questionable. Nicks and Victor Cruz are the Giants' top two receivers. Nicks has 38 catches for 575 yards and three TDs, while Cruz has 34 receptions for 588 yards and four touchdowns.Center David Baas, who spent his first five seasons with the 49ers, is also questionable with a knee injury.49ERS INJURY REPORT
Questionable: DE Ray McDonald (hamstring), RB Moran Norris (fibula)
Probable: LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (foot), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), S Dashon Goldson (knee), RB Frank Gore (ankle), RB Kendall Hunter (ankle), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe), TE Delanie Walker (knee), S Donte Whitner (thigh)GIANTS INJURY REPORT
Out: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Jerrel Jernigan (hip)
Questionable: CB Prince Amukamara (foot), T Stacy Andrews (back), C David Baas (knee), WR Hakeem Nicks (hamstring)
Probable: DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.