Jul 29, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) looks on during training camp at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason notes: 13 Vikings won’t play vs. Raiders; 49ers hurting too

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Sunday that the team would be missing 13 players for the preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Among the notable scratches are running back Dalvin Cook, cornerback Patrick Peterson, quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, tight end Irv Smith and safety Harrison Smith.

Most of those players are being held out without reported injuries, but a few of them have notable ailments.

Cousins was previously ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19, which head coach Kevin O’Connell announced Friday.

Smith had right thumb surgery Aug. 2 that continues to keep the veteran tight end out.

Guard Chris Reed was signed this offseason to provide depth along the offensive line, but he is also dealing with injury, according to reporting from the Minnesota Star-Tribune, as are wide receiver Thomas Hennigan and defensive end Jullian Taylor.

Cousins, 33, is coming off a season in which he passed for 4,221 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a 66.3 completion percentage in earning his third Pro Bowl selection.

Smith, 24, has 66 career receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns in two NFL seasons.

–The Vikings may have company with their next opponent in regards to challenging roster navigation.

San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill suffered a hamstring injury against the Green Bay Packers Friday that is expected to keep him out a few weeks, the team confirmed Saturday.

Brunskill, 28, has started every game at right guard for the 49ers the last two seasons, though he was moved to center this offseason to compete for the starting center job in place of the retired Alex Mack.

Without Brunskill, the middle of the 49ers offensive line takes on a dramatically inexperienced look, which is a less than ideal situation for second-year quarterback Trey Lance to try to operate behind.

Jake Brendel, the other candidate at center, has just three starts in his career.

Aaron Banks, the likeliest starter at left guard, got just five snaps last year as a rookie.

And an actual rookie, Spencer Burford, is slotted in at right guard.

Overall, Brunskill has started 40 of 47 games in his three-year career.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead (83) runs with the ball during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

49ers sign WR Willie Snead, OL Jordan Mills

The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Willie Snead and offensive tackle Jordan Mills to one-year contracts on Saturday.

Snead, 29, worked out for the 49ers on Friday. He split the 2021 season with Carolina and Las Vegas, catching four passes for 38 yards in nine games.

Snead has 279 receptions for 3,431 yards and 16 touchdowns in 95 games (48 starts) with the New Orleans Saints (2015-17), Baltimore Ravens (2018-20), Panthers and Raiders.

Mills, 31, started three of his 10 games with the Saints last season. He has appeared in 100 games (87 starts) with the Chicago Bears (2013-14), Buffalo Bils (2015-18), Arizona Cardinals (2019) and Saints.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Matthews (88) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Jordan Matthews sustains season-ending ACL injury

San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Matthews has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire season.

Matthews, 30, sustained the injury on Monday during a non-contact drill.

Matthews was battling to be a backup after being a solid wideout earlier in his career. He has caught 274 passes for 3,288 yards and 22 touchdowns in a six-season span with the Philadelphia Eagles (2014-16) and Buffalo Bills (2017-19).

He joined the 49ers late in the 2019 season and played in just four games in two-plus seasons. San Francisco converted Matthews to tied end prior to the 2021 campaign and he spent most of last season on the practice squad.

Matthews was a standout college receiver at Vanderbilt and was a second-round choice of the Eagles in 2014.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) during a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: 49ers extend WR Deebo Samuel

The San Francisco 49ers are giving wide receiver Deebo Samuel a three-year, $71.55 million contract extension, ESPN and NFL Network reported Sunday.

He will be guaranteed $58.1 million, and the deal could be worth up to $73.5 million, per the reports.

Samuel, 26, hauled in 77 receptions for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns last season in 16 games (15 starts). He was also vital to the rushing game, adding 365 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

The former second-round pick has spent his entire career with San Francisco, where he has recorded 167 receptions for 2,598 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns. He made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, was named first-team All-Pro and led the league in yards per reception (18.2).

Samuel reported to the 49ers’ training camp but was “holding in” and not practicing while contract negotiations were ongoing. He had requested a trade out of San Francisco last April.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (96) gestures during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers DT Maurice Hurst (biceps) likely out for season

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is likely out for the season after tearing his biceps in practice.

The injury occurred while he was attempting to make a tackle Friday at training camp in Santa Clara, Calif.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Saturday that Hurst, 27, will need surgery to repair the damage.

Hurst was limited to 41 snaps in two games during his first season with the 49ers in 2021 because of ankle and calf injuries.

A fifth-round pick by the Raiders in 2018, he has eight sacks, 17 quarterback hits, 78 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries in 42 games (17 starts) with Oakland/Las Vegas (2018-20) and San Francisco.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers DE Arik Armstead sidelined with sprained MCL

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead will miss a few weeks of training camp with a sprained MCL.

Coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Friday that the injury sustained in practice is not considered serious.

Armstead, 28, has not missed a regular season game since 2017.

The 2015 first-round draft pick has 28.5 sacks, 71 quarterback hits and 264 tackles in 95 career games (76 starts) with San Francisco.

The 49ers’ first preseason game is Aug. 12 against the visiting Green Bay Packers. San Francisco opens the regular season against the Bears in Chicago on Sept. 11.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford (55) runs during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers part ways with veteran DE Dee Ford

The San Francisco 49ers released veteran defensive end Dee Ford on Wednesday.

General manager John Lynch had hinted Tuesday at such a move when he told reporters “you guys will see a transaction, and we’ll leave it at that.”

Ford, 31, played in just 18 games due to injuries during three seasons since San Francisco acquired him from the Kansas City Chiefs.

He signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the 49ers at the time.

Ford had 9.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss during his stint with the 49ers.

Ford was a Pro Bowl selection with the Chiefs in 2018 when he recorded a career-best 13 sacks and tied for the NFL lead with seven forced fumbles.

Overall, he has 40 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 159 tackles in 85 games (43 starts) over eight NFL seasons, including five with Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance official QB1 for 49ers; Deebo Samuel reports to camp

The Trey Lance era in San Francisco has officially begun.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Tuesday that veteran Jimmy Garoppolo has been told he doesn’t figure into the team’s plans this season and that Lance, entering his second NFL season, will take over as the starting quarterback.

“Jimmy understands where we’re at, we understand where we’re at,” said Shanahan, flanked by general manager John Lynch. “I can’t tell you how appreciative I have been of Jimmy and him being here and so appreciate what he did for us last year … and taking us real close to the Super Bowl but we have moved on to Trey.”

Garoppolo had offseason shoulder surgery, which Shanahan said has hampered the 49ers’ ability to trade him. Now healthy, Garoppolo will follow a throwing routine on the side and won’t be part of the active training camp roster.

“We don’t plan on (Garoppolo) practicing with the team and things like that, and we’ll take it day by day and constantly talk with him and hope we can figure out the best for both” parties, Shanahan said.

Lynch also said Tuesday that star receiver Deebo Samuel is in camp, despite requesting to be traded in April during a contract stalemate.

Lynch said while a resolution isn’t just around the corner, the two sides are working toward one.

“We’ve had really productive and substantive talks,” Lynch said. “I don’t want to get everyone all excited that something is imminent because we’re not there yet. But we’re really hopeful that, in the near future, we’ll be able to announce something that’s exciting for everyone involved. So that’s good. Deebo’s here today, and we’re excited about moving forward with him as part of this team.”

Samuel, 26, recently requested the trade on the heels of his breakout season. He is heading into the last year of his $7.25 million rookie deal and is due to make $3.99 million this year with a salary-cap hit of $4.89 million, according to Spotrac.

Samuel made the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro last season after proving to be effective as both a ball carrier and a pass catcher. He made 77 receptions for 1,405 yards (a league-leading 18.2 yards per catch) and six touchdowns, and he added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight touchdowns.

Garoppolo, 30, carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal he signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) throws the ball during warm ups against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have made it to the NFC Championship in two of the past three seasons, but a dull offseason might just hamper their run of success.

There’s a lot of questions heading into the season regarding the quarterback situation, and San Francisco’s defense, which played a major role in its playoff success, is going to look a lot different.

Training camp location: Santa Clara, California
SAP Performance Facility
Rookie report date: July 26
Veteran report date: July 26

Key acquisitions: CB Charvarius Ward, DT Hassan Ridgeway, LB Oren Burks, TE Tyler Kroft, S George Odum
Key losses: RB Raheem Mostert, OL Laken Tomlinson, DE Arden Key, DT D.J. Jones, CB K’Waun Williams, S Jaquiski Tartt, OG Tom Compton

Losing Laken Tomlinson and Tom Compton certainly hurts the 49ers’ offensive line, which is going to need to bring its A-game to protect Trey Lance in his first season as a full-time starter. Moving Jimmy Garoppolo was among San Francisco’s top priorities this offseason, and it has yet to do so. Does this mean Garoppolo has chance to win the starting role back? Or will he just sit on the bench all season no matter how Lance performs? It seems like the front office was a bit lackadaisical this summer, but at the same time, you have to wonder what more this team actually needs to get back to the Super Bowl.

Lance’s development is obviously going to be the top storyline throughout this season, but the defense’s ability to effectively respond to the losses it suffered over the past couple of months might actually be what makes or breaks this team.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS
49ers at Bears, 1 p.m. ET
Line: 49ers -6.5 (FanDuel)
Total: 42

Watching Justin Fields and Trey Lance duel it out in Week 1 is going to be a nice little preview of a potentially great future matchup, but it’s expected to be a low-scoring affair. San Francisco is the heavy favorite, a sensible lean considering it has the advantage in nearly every facet of the game.

–TRUST THE MAN IN CHARGE

With so many moving pieces on the defensive side of the ball and a young quarterback taking things over, if the 49ers do end up once again making a deep playoff run, head coach Kyle Shanahan is going to look like a genius. At +2000 odds (FanDuel), he could certainly be a sleeper to win Coach of the Year ($100 bet would net $2000 profit). Of course, things have to go well for his team for him to be in that conversation, but San Francisco has had a knack for exceeding expectations over the past few seasons.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds: Browns top 8 destinations

The Cleveland Browns officially signed journeyman Josh Rosen on Friday, but oddsmakers don’t believe the team is done searching for a veteran quarterback while awaiting the pending suspension of Deshaun Watson.

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly gave permission to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s representatives to seek a trade, and SportsBetting.ag installed Cleveland as the +225 favorite to be his next destination.

Watson is expected to be suspended for at least multiple games, and possibly half the 2022 season, for violating the league’s personal conduct policy stemming from two dozen sexual misconduct allegations.

Watson reportedly could agree not to appeal if the NFL opts against a season-long suspension, with Pro Football Talk reporting a multi-game suspension was likely but not more than eight games.

San Francisco is looking to move Garoppolo, who has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. The 49ers are ready to hand the keys of the offense to second-year quarterback Trey Lance, making Garoppolo expendable.

The New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks have the next shortest odds at +350, followed by Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, at +400.

The Giants appear committed to Daniel Jones in the final year of his rookie contract after declining his fifth-year option. The Seahawks traded Russell Wilson this offseason and are set to enter training camp with Drew Lock competing with Geno Smith.

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds
Browns +225
Giants +350
Seahawks +350
Texans +400
Lions +500
Bears +1200
Jets +2000
Saints +2000

Garoppolo, 30, had a procedure on his right shoulder in March and was excused from offseason activities, including a mandatory minicamp last month.

He carries a $26.95 million cap hit for 2022, the final season of a five-year, $137.5 million deal Garoppolo signed with San Francisco in February 2018.

He went 9-6 as the starter last season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Garoppolo has a 33-14 career record with the 49ers and New England Patriots (2014-16). He has thrown for 11,852 yards with 71 TDs and 38 interceptions. He won two Super Bowl rings as Tom Brady’s backup in New England and led the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV.

–Field Level Media