Running back Kendall Hunter is expected to be out for the remainder season with an ankle injury he sustained in the third quarter of the 49ers' victory Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.The 49ers have yet to reveal the extent of Hunter's injury, but USA Today, citing a person informed of the prognosis for Hunter, reported that it is a season-ending injury.That likely means the 49ers will activate undrafted rookie Jewel Hampton to the 53-man roster.The 49ers had to make a roster move with Hampton, who was at the end of his three-week window after coming off the team's reservenon-football injury list. He underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his left foot. Hampton is expected to add depth at running back, as well as be available to help on special teams.The loss of Hunter is a huge blow to the 49ers' offense. Hunter, a second-year pro, was the 49ers' second-leading rusher behind Frank Gore. Hunter gained 371 yards and two touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts for a 5.0 average.With Hunter out of action, Brandon Jacobs or Anthony Dixon is likely to be used as Gore's backup. The 49ers might activate rookie running back LaMichael James, as well.The 49ers have another roster spot to fill, as Kyle Williams sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the same play in which Hunter was lost.The 49ers already have five wide receivers, so there's not a need to add another. Instead, special teams is the area in which the 49ers are expected to turn for him. The club is expected to choose between practice-squad players safety Michael Thomas, linebacker Michael Wilhoite and receiver Ricardo Lockette for a spot on the 53-man roster.The 49ers will sign receiver Chad Hall to the practice squad, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.
Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.
After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.
Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.
The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.
“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”
Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.
The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.