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49ers TE George Kittle revealed that he suffered “fractured cartilage” to his rib cage on the 3rd play of Week 9's game against the Raiders. “It didn’t feel very good,” he said. “I wore two giant rib protectors for the rest of the season.” Kittle went for 108 yards and a score in that Raiders game and then ranked 3rd among TEs in fantasy points from Week 10 on. So the injury obviously wasn't a major factor. Kittle has missed just 1 game through his first 2 NFL seasons but was listed on the injury report with hamstring, calf, hip, chest, back, elbow and ankle issues as a rookie. He also suffered shoulder and foot injuries in his final college season. While he's shown the ability to produce through injuries, he might be a bigger durability risk going forward than he appears at first glance.

The 49ers have signed WR Jordan Matthews to a 1-year deal. The 2014 2nd-rounder racked up 225 catches and 2,673 yards over his first 3 NFL seasons. But he's mustered just 45 grabs and 582 yards across the past 2, dealing with injuries and playing for 3 different teams. Matthews turns just 27 in July, though, and is capable of playing both outside the numbers and in the slot. There's opportunity for him to carve out a significant role in San Francisco amid a largely unproven WR corps.

The 49ers have signed RB Tevin Coleman to a 2-year deal worth a "maximum" of $10 million. Coleman spent his first 2 NFL seasons with 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, which will certainly help as he makes this move. Coleman joins a 49ers backfield alongside RB Jerick McKinnon, who got a 4-year, $30 million deal last offseason. We'll see how much a factor those contracts are when these guys start to battle for playing time. But we're likely looking at a committee backfield considering neither McKinnon nor Coleman profiles as a workhorse.

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.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan confirmed from the Combine on Wednesday that Jerick McKinnon remains his lead back. Matt Breida impressed with 5.3 yards per carry and 9.7 yards per catch last year, despite battling injuries. But the 'Niners paid McKinnon $18 million guaranteed last offseason and owe him another $3.7 million this year. Shanahan said that McKinnon's recovery from last September's torn ACL is "on track." He remains mostly unproven as a lead back, but his athleticism and an improving San Francisco offense give him intriguing upside. McKinnon's ADP is sitting in the early 5th round as the 24th RB off the board in February FFPC drafts.

Niners WR Trent Taylor tells NBC Sports Bay Area that he never felt fully healthy throughout 2018 following offseason back surgery. Taylor had the procedure before OTAs but said the situation kept him from going through a normal offseason and kept him short of 100% throughout the year. He says he's "back to normal" now, though, and looking forward to a proper offseason. Taylor could also benefit from the coaching staff adding Wes Welker, who spent the past 2 years as a Texans assistant. With Pierre Garcon gone and QB Jimmy Garoppolo returning, 49ers WRs make for interesting later shots to take in 2019 best-ball drafting. Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin figure to occupy the top 2 depth-chart spots. But Taylor, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James could compete for the #3 role and primary slot duty.

49ers RB Jeff Wilson suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Rams and is questionable to return. He was filling in for RB Matt Breida today. Wilson's absence leaves Alfred Morris as San Francisco's lead back.

49ers WR Marquise Goodwin (calf) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Rams. With WR Dante Pettis (knee) also out, San Francisco is down to Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and Richie James. Bourne is the best fantasy bet but not more than a WR4. Look for TE George Kittle to lead the ‘Niners in targets.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) is not listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He only got in a limited practice on Friday but will play against the Bucs this weekend. Coleman could cede work to RB Brian Hill, making him a risky fantasy play.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) was listed as "did not participate" in Thursday's practice. It's a surprise after HC Dan Quinn said earlier in the day that Coleman would put in a limited workout. It now looks like he won't be available for this weekend's game against the Bucs, leaving Brian Hill as Atlanta's lead back.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Bucs this weekend, which would knock RB Brian Hill out of consideration. We'll get another update on Coleman tomorrow.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) was held out of Wednesday's practice. He didn't return to last weekend's game, and we're tentatively expecting him to miss Sunday's finale against the Bucs. That'd leave Brian Hill as Atlanta's lead back.

49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) is out for Sunday's finale against the Rams. He battled through a bum ankle for most of the season, making his 5.6 yards per carry even more impressive. Breida also averaged 9.8 yards on 22 catches. He has a shot to play a significant role in 2019, even with the return of RB Jerick McKinnon. Jeff Wilson will close out this season as San Francisco's lead back and be in the RB2 mix vs. the Rams.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said WR Dante Pettis suffered an MCL injury in Sunday's loss to the Bears. He'll miss the finale but won't need surgery, so his offseason shouldn't be impacted. The rookie came on strong down the stretch, tallying 24 catches for 371 yards and 4 TDs in his final 6 games. We'll see what the 'Niners add to the WR room this offseason, but Pettis should be a big part of the passing attack going forward. He's a strong dynasty hold.

49ers WR Dante Pettis suffered a knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears and is questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Update: Pettis has been ruled out. WR Marquise Goodwin has taken the rookie's spot in the starting lineup.

49ers RB Matt Breida aggravated his ankle injury again in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears. He's officially questionable to return. RB Jeff Wilson will take over as long as Breida is out.

Update: Breida has been ruled out.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman suffered a groin injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Panthers. He carried 10 times for 51 yards before exiting. If Coleman is unable to play in the finale, Atlanta will be down to RBs Brian Hill and Jeremy Langford.

49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Bears on Sunday despite re-injuring that bum ankle last week. Between the ankle and Chicago’s top-ranked RB defense, Breida is just a RB3 for Week 16.

49ers RB Matt Breida (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That suggests he's on track to play this weekend. Breida racked up 96 total yards last week before aggravating that ankle injury but will be just a RB3 against a tough Bears defense on Sunday.

 
 
 

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