49ers inactives: Moss to start with Manningham out


49ers inactives: Moss to start with Manningham out

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Wide receiver Mario Manningham will miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury Sunday night when the 49ers play the New England Patriots.

Manningham was one of the six players the 49ers announced as inactive. Each team is allowed to suit up 46 players for games. The 49ers remain with one vacancy on their 53-man roster, as they did not fill the spot vacated with the suspension of running back Brandon Jacobs. Randy Moss will start in Manningham's place.

Outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, who the 49ers signed last week to replace injured Demarcus Dobbs, will suit up for the game and participate on special teams.

Third quarterback Scott Tolzien is active for the second time in his two-year career, as linebacker Tavares Gooden is out with a ribs injury.

For the Patriots, tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm) will not play.

49ers inactives
WR Mario Manningham
LB Tavares Gooden
S Trenton Robinson
RB Jewel Hampton
G Joe Looney
NT Ian Williams

Patriots inactives
TE Rob Gronkowski
S Derrick Martin
LB Tracy White
OL Markus Zusevics
DE Jake Bequette
DL Ron Brace

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.