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Niners rookie LB Reuben Foster left Sunday's game against the Panthers with a right ankle sprain. Former NFL team doctor David Chao said it looked like a high ankle sprain on video, which would likely mean multiple missed games for Foster. We'll see about the official diagnosis.

Niners DB Jimmie Ward is out for today's game against the Panthers, as expected. He entered the weekend doubtful with a hamstring injury. Ward will make for a risky IDP option until he gets through a game healthy.

Niners DT DeForest Buckner left Friday night's game against the Chiefs early with an ankle injury. The team quickly ruled him out for the game. We'll look for further details on the injury. Buckner played an exorbitant number of snaps as a rookie and delivered strong IDP numbers.

Niners DT DeForest Buckner left Wednesday's practice with a sprained left ankle. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Buckner got it taped on the sideline and tried to "walk it off" but could not return to the field. That makes the injury sound relatively minor, but we'll see how long he's out.

Niners S Jimmie Ward suffered a hamstring injury Thursday in the team's conditioning test and has been placed on the PUP, according to CSN Bay Area. HC Kyle Shanahan said they don't believe the injury is serious but that they want to "be smart" about when to return him to the field. The team is reportedly viewing Ward's injury as a "week to week" situation. Jaquiski Tartt will fill in while Ward is out.

Niners rookie LB Reuben Foster gained medical clearance for his rehabbed shoulder and participated in the team's 1st training-camp practice Friday, according to CSN Bay Area. That significant because the 1st-round pick missed all offseason work as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery. The injury may have played a key role in pushing him down near the bottom of Round 1 in the NFL Draft. But if he can avoid setbacks, Foster could quickly overtake limited veteran Malcolm Smith for the weak-side LB job.

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports that new Niners LB Reuben Foster will need a 2nd shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Assuming that proves true, the shoulder might have caused Foster's surprising 1st-round slide more than the other purported off-field concerns. Of course, a 2nd surgery would also likely affect his readiness for the 2017 season. We'll keep an eye on the situation for both Foster's 2017 outlook and dynasty rookie rankings purposes

The 49ers traded up to get a 2nd pick in Round 1 Thursday night and selected LB Reuben Foster. The Alabama alum slid a long way after a Combine that included a failed drug test and him getting sent home for mistreating an orderly. In San Francisco, Foster should win a starting job right away in the Niners' now 4-3 front. We'll see how the new coaching staff chooses to align him and NaVorro Bowman.

After moving down 1 spot, the Niners selected DL Solomon Thomas. That might have been the player most commonly mocked to them at #2. He could play any spot along San Francisco's new 4-3 base front after playing multiple roles at Stanford. We'd bet on him starting at DE. It's a nice addition to a D-line that already sports promise in young DTs DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead.

To the surprise of no one, the 49ers on Monday officially named Kyle Shanahan their new HC. Shanahan, of course, remained Atlanta's OC until their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, but his move had been rumored for the past few weeks. It also seems like a natural ascension for the son of longtime NFL HC Mike Shanahan who served as OC under Gary Kubiak back in Houston before filling the same role under his father in Washington and then with Cleveland and the Falcons. Kyle Shanahan's 2016 Atlanta offense led the league in scoring by 4.4 points per game and yards per play (6.7) while also tying for the league's fewest turnovers. The Falcons ranked 7th in yards but just 21st in scoring in 2015. Overall, 6 of the 9 offenses Shanahan has coordinated finished 9th or higher in total pass attempts. Just 2 finished higher than 12th in rushing attempts. We'll see how his Niners offense shapes up. The surest thing looks like RB Carlos Hyde. The starting QB might not even be on the roster yet. Colin Kaepernick's likely to get cut, as he faces a $19.3 million cap number, including a $14.5 million salary that becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster April 1. Blaine Gabbert's headed for unrestricted free agency.

The 49ers have fired HC Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke. Kelly went 2-14 in his lone season in San Francisco, with both of those wins coming against the Rams. He was working with 1 of the worst rosters in the league but certainly didn't elevate the talent. Kelly has now been fired in 2 straight years and might need to head back to the college game. The 'Niners, meanwhile, will now look for their 4th coach in as many years.

The 49ers are expected to fire HC Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke this week, ESPN reports. That would mean just a 1-season trial for Kelly after Philly fired him near the end of the 2015 season, but it's not a surprise given the way this year has gone in San Francisco. It would also mark the team's 2nd straight 1-year stint at HC, after Jim Tomsula succeeded HC Jim Harbaugh. We wouldn't bet on this situation affecting Niners players in fantasy at all this week, especially in a game where Seattle should overmatch them fairly easily.

The Niners on Monday placed LB Nick Bellore on IR after he suffered an elbow injury in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. The team added LB Carl Bradford off waivers from Green Bay. Gerald Hodges and Michael Wilhoite figure to man the ILB spots against the Rams this Sunday, assuming Hodges doesn't violate any more team rules in the meantime.

The Niners benched LB Gerald Hodges for Sunday's loss to the Falcons because of an unspecified violation of team rules. Michael Wilhoite started in Hodges' place next to Nick Bellore and collected a modest 6 tackles (5 solo). We'll see about Hodges' status for Week 16 at L.A.

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Niners CB Jimmie Ward left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury and did not return. We'll check on his status for Week 16 heading into a Saturday afternoon meeting with the Rams.

Snow is expected throughout today's 49ers-Bears game, accumulating to 3-5 inches. Winds will be at just 5-7 mph, though, so we're not downgrading the passing games. Of course, both offenses figure to go run-heavy anyway.

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (concussion) is active for today's game against the Dolphins and ready to use as you normally would. OLB Aaron Lynch (ankle) is inactive after entering the day questionable.

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