Niners DE Dee Ford is active for tonight's game against the Browns. He made it onto the field for just 1 limited practice this week while dealing with a quad injury and has been hampered by multiple issues all season. S Jimmie Ward is also active for the 1st time this season. We'll see whether he takes the FS job back from Tarvarius Moore.
Niners DE Nick Bosa, DE Dee Ford and S Jaquiski Tartt are active for today's game against the Steelers. All entered the day questionable and are low-level IDP options at best. Ford, in particular, has been struggling through his return from a preseason knee sprain and should not be in fantasy football lineups. DB Jimmie Ward, meanwhile, is inactive once again. That keeps Tarvarius Moore in play for deep IDP leagues.
Niners DE Nick Bosa (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (toe) and DE Dee Ford (quad) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Bosa put in limited practices all week, which was better than last week. Then, he sat out Wednesday and Thursday before returning Friday and then playing through a "questionable" tag. We'd bet on him playing Sunday, though it's still a good spot to keep him out of IDP lineups. Tartt missed Wednesday's practice before returning to limited workouts the next 2 days. Ford missed Wednesday's and Thursday's practices before a limited Friday. He's listed with a quad injury but has been struggling to get over a preseason knee injury. He's a definite sit for IDP owners even if active. We'll check the status of all 3 Sunday afternoon, but the late start combined with their situations means you should try to look elsewhere for fantasy options.
Niners DE Nick Bosa (ankle) is active for today's game against the Bengals. He had some soreness in his previously sprained ankle coming out of Week 1 and got some rest from practice during the week. But Bosa also graded out tops among all edge players in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity in Week 1. He's worth the risk against a Bengals offense that looks weak in pass protection.
Niners rookie DE Nick Bosa is questionable for Sunday's game at Cincinnati. Bosa came away from Week 1 with some soreness in his previously sprained ankle, GM John Lynch said during a radio interview Friday. Bosa sat out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices before returning to limited participation Friday. Lynch said Bosa was progressing well. We'll see if he's ready to go. There will be some re-injury risk even if he plays but also enticing sack upside.
Niners LB Kwon Alexander got kicked out in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after delivering a blow to the head of QB Jameis Winston, a former teammate. We'll see if the incident affects Alexander's availability for Week 2.
Niners DE Nick Bosa is active for today's opener against the Buccaneers. He only recently returned from a sprained ankle that kept him out for the preseason, though, and shouldn't be in IDP lineups.
Niners GM John Lynch struck an optimistic tone in talking about rookie DE Nick Bosa on KNBR radio Friday. "He's come along really well," Lynch said, referring to Bosa working back from his ankle sprain. But Lynch added that the top pick remains uncertain for the start of the year. "Week 1, that's, I don't know, 50-50," he said. "But it's going to be touch and go as to whether he makes it." If Bosa does manage to make the active roster for that game, it seems unlikely the rookie -- who missed all of the preseason -- would play a big role. We'll see how soon Bosa can get back to full strength and push for starter-level playing time. The Bay Area News Group reported that Bosa was out of his walking boot and working on conditioning with trainers at Wednesday's practice.
Niners rookie DE Nick Bosa left Wednesday's practice with a sprained right ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That figures to keep him out for at least the 1st preseason game. We'll see what the timetable looks like beyond that.
Niners HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that DE Dee Ford will miss at least a week of action because of tendinitis in his left knee, according to multiple reports. Shanahan said Ford has had a platelet-rich plasma treatment on the joint, which he expects to help the issue. "He could've toughed it out ... but we feel good about where Dee Ford's at, and we wanted to make sure we took care of that so he could be fresh going into the year," Shanahan said. We won't alter Ford's projections just yet but will keep an eye on his return from this.
The 49ers will practice without top pick DE Nick Bosa for "the next few weeks" (according to NBC Bay Area's Matt Maiocco) because of a Grade 1 hamstring strain. That's the lowest level on the scale, so it's not a serious situation in May. But Bosa's hamstring will bear watching come training camp. His brother missed the 1st 4 games of his 2016 rookie campaign with hamstring trouble. Nick Bosa, of course, sat out nearly all of his final Ohio State season following sports hernia surgery.
The 49ers selected DE Nick Bosa with the 2nd pick of the NFL Draft. He'll quickly find time in a front 7 that sports DeForest Buckner primarily on the inside and just traded for Dee Ford. The Niners tied for just 22nd in the league in sacks last year (37). Bosa missed most of his final season at Ohio State but racked up 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss as a 2017 sophomore. Expect him to be a productive player quickly, and he should be a high pick in dynasty rookie drafts with IDPs.
The 49ers have agreed to send a 2020 second-round pick to the Chiefs for OLB Dee Ford, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Niners will also reportedly give him a 5-year, $87.5 million contract. Ford enjoyed a breakout 2018, tying for 7th in the league with 13 sacks and tying for 5th in total QB hits (29). The move should switch Ford to DE in the Niners' 4-3 base, which would add significant IDP value. Kansas City, meanwhile, has jettisoned the only 2 OLBs who played more than 41% of the defensive snaps last year. Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon are prime replacement candidates for Ford and Justin Houston. We'll see what else the Chiefs add this offseason.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers have reached a 4-year, $54 million deal with LB Kwon Alexander. They can't finalize the contract until Wednesday afternoon. Alexander will join a LB corps that saw rookie Fred Warner play mostly on the inside last year. We'd bet on Alexander taking over the middle, though, and Warner playing the weak side. There's room for both to produce quality IDP numbers. Alexander is coming off a left ACL tear, but the new contract indicates little concern over his recovery. We'll certainly keep an eye on his progress through the spring and summer. We'll also see whether the Bucs stick with 2018 rookie Adarius Taylor at MLB or go in another direction.
Niners S Jaquiski Tartt re-aggravated his shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Tartt has already lost 4 games to injury this season and hasn't reached 90% playing time since Oct. 21. He's not worth hanging on to in most IDP leagues at this point. If Tartt misses further time, Antone Exum would hit the IDP radar. He started in Tartt's place earlier this year and stepped in for the other half of Sunday's SS snaps.
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