Oct 23, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) and tight end George Kittle (85) react after a touchdown by McCaffrey against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

NFC-best 49ers place five on AP All-Pro first team

Running back Christian McCaffrey and middle linebacker Fred Warner top the list of five San Francisco 49ers players selected for The Associated Press 2023 NFL All-Pro Team.

McCaffrey and Warner were two of three unanimous selections for the first team among the panel of 50 media members, with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill rounding out the trio.

Other members selected from the 49ers, the top seed in the NFC for the upcoming playoffs, were left tackle Trent Williams, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and tight end George Kittle.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson was selected from the top seed in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens, who also had safety Kyle Hamilton named to the first team.

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was chosen for the eighth time, which ties him for the most selections ever for a defensive player.

The first-team on offense was comprised exclusively of players on teams that qualified for the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb and the Detroit Lions’ Amon-Ra St. Brown rounded out the trio of wide receivers.

At left guard, the Kansas City Chirfs’ Joe Thuney was selected, while the Cowboys’ Zack Martin was picked at right guard. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Kelce was selected at center, while the Lions’ Penei Sewell got the honor at right tackle. Martin made the team for a seventh time, while Kelce earned a sixth nod.

On defense, edge rushers named were Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns and T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs’ Chris Jones was selected as an interior defensive lineman, along with Donald.

The Ravens’ Roquan Smith earned a spot on the first team at linebacker, while the Cowboys’ DaRon Bland was picked at cornerback. The slot cornerback is Trent McDuffie of the Chiefs and the safety is Antoine Winfield Jr. from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Two players selected to the first-team defense from non-playoff teams were linebacker Quincy Williams and cornerback Sauce Gardner from the New York Jets.

On special teams, the first-team kicker is Brandon Aubrey of the Cowboys, while AJ Cole of the Las Vegas Raiders is the punter. The kick returner is Keisean Nixon of the Green Bay Packers, the punt returner is Rashid Shaheed of the New Orleans Saints and the special teamer is Miles Killebrew of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was selected to the second team as were a pair of players from the Rams, including running back Kyren Williams and rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua.

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and cornerback Charvarius Ward of the 49ers also were selected to the second team, as was fullback Patrick Ricard, interior defensive lineman Justin Madubuike and linebacker Patrick Queen of the Ravens.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback — Lamar Jackson, Baltimore
Running Back — Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco
Fullback — Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco
Tight End — George Kittle, San Francisco
Wide Receivers — Tyreek Hill, Miami; CeeDee Lamb, Dallas; Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit
Left Tackle — Trent Williams, San Francisco
Left Guard — Joe Thuney, Kansas City
Center — Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
Right Guard — Zack Martin, Dallas
Right Tackle — Penei Sewell, Detroit

DEFENSE
Edge Rushers — Myles Garrett, Cleveland; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh
Interior Linemen — Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Chris Jones, Kansas City
Linebackers — Fred Warner, San Francisco; Roquan Smith, Baltimore; Quincy Williams; New York Jets
Cornerbacks — DaRon Bland, Dallas; Sauce Gardner, New York Jets
Slot cornerback — Trent McDuffie, Kansas City
Safeties — Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore; Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay

SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker — Brandon Aubrey, Dallas
Punter — AJ Cole, Las Vegas
Kick Returner — Keisean Nixon, Green Bay
Punt Returner — Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans
Special Teamer — Miles Killebrew, Pittsburgh
Long Snapper — Ross Matiscik, Jacksonville

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback — Dak Prescott, Dallas
Running Back — Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams
Fullback — Patrick Ricard, Baltimore
Tight End — Sam LaPorta, Detroit
Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, Philadelphia; Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams; x-Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco; x-Mike Evans; Tampa Bay
Left Tackle — Tyron Smith, Dallas
Left Guard — Tyler Smith, Dallas
Center — Frank Ragnow, Detroit
Right Guard — Chris Lidstrom, Atlanta
Right Tackle — Lane Johnson, Philadelphia

DEFENSE
Edge Rushers — Micah Parsons, Dallas; Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas
Interior Linemen — Justin Madubuike, Baltimore; Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants
Linebackers — Demario Davis, New Orleans; Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Patrick Queen, Baltimore
Cornerbacks — Jaylon Johnson, Chicago; Charvarius Ward, San Francisco
Slot cornerback — Taron Johnson, Buffalo
Safeties — Jessie Bates III, Atlanta; Justin Simmons, Denver

SPECIAL TEAMS
Placekicker – Jake Elliott, Philadelphia
Punter — Bryan Anger, Dallas
Kick Returner — Marvin Mims, Denver
Punt Returner — Derius Davis, Los Angeles Chargers
Special Teamer — Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Detroit
Long Snapper — Andrew DePaola, Minnesota

x — tied for second-team spot

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) carries the ball as Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey (calf) to sit out season finale

With the San Francisco 49ers having clinched the NFC’s top seed, star running back Christian McCaffrey won’t play in this Sunday’s regular-season finale because of a calf injury as he targets a return in the playoffs, per an ESPN report.

McCaffrey, who has 21 touchdowns and leads the NFL with 2,023 all-purpose yards (1,459 rushing, 564 receiving) this season, was injured in the second half of Sunday’s 27-10 win over the host Washington Commanders.

McCaffrey, 27, ran for 64 yards on 14 carries while catching four passes for 27 yards for San Francisco (12-4), which hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Elijah Mitchell replaced McCaffrey and finished with 80 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Mitchell would likely be the 49ers’ starting running back this weekend if McCaffrey does sit out.

In seven seasons since the Carolina Panthers chose him with the eighth pick of the 2017 draft, McCaffrey has rushed for 6,185 yards and 52 touchdowns, along with 509 receptions for 4,320 yards and 29 touchdowns with the Panthers (2017-22) and 49ers (2022-23).

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Oct 23, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

49ers RB Christian McCaffrey scores TD in 16th straight game

San Francisco star running back Christian McCaffrey made NFL history during the 49ers’ 22-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday in Minneapolis.

McCaffrey scored a touchdown from scrimmage for an NFL-record 16th straight game (including the postseason), finding the end zone on a 3-yard run with 1:01 left in the first half. He added a 35-yard TD reception in the third quarter, but his efforts weren’t enough to prevent San Francisco from falling to 5-2.

Baltimore Colts running back Lenny Moore (1963-64), Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson (1974-75) and Washington running back John Riggins (1982-83) previously shared the record with McCaffrey, scoring from scrimmage in 15 consecutive games.

However, Moore still has a place in the record book, as he went 17 straight games with a touchdown of any kind, setting the record across the 1963-64 seasons. McCaffrey will have a chance to match that streak when the 49ers play the Cincinnati Bengals in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday.

McCaffrey rushed 15 times for 45 yards on Monday night, and he also came down with three catches for 51 yards.

In seven games this season, the 27-year-old Stanford product leads the NFL with 598 rushing yards. He also has 26 receptions for 228 yards and a total of 11 TDs (eight rushing, three receiving).

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Niners RB Christian McCaffrey (oblique) expected to play

San Francisco 49ers star running back Christian McCaffrey, listed as questionable with an oblique injury, is expected to play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network reported.

McCaffrey returned to practice Saturday in a limited capacity Saturday after sitting out Thursday and Friday.

ESPN reported Sunday morning that McCaffrey felt “great” after that practice and was in line to play against the Vikings.

McCaffrey tied an NFL record in Week 6 with a touchdown in his 15th straight game before exiting with the injury.

All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) is doubtful after he played through an injury in last Sunday’s loss to the Browns. The 10-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t played a full season since 2013. Star wide receiver Deebo Samuel is out this week and next week as well with a shoulder fracture.

Starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw (hamstring) is questionable for Monday’s game.

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Oct 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) jogs on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Deebo Samuel out 2 games; Christian McCaffrey questionable

San Francisco 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel will miss the next two games, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan, after he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his shoulder.

Samuel, who was injured in last Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, won’t play in Monday night’s game at the Minnesota Vikings (2-4) or next Sunday’s matchup with the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers (5-1) are on a bye in Week 9, so the earliest Samuel will return to the lineup is Week 10 at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“It’s always different (without Samuel),” Shanahan said. “What we did last week, we weren’t sure of him throughout the week, so we had contingency plans. He’s been banged up a few weeks before that, too, so this will give him a chance to settle down and, hopefully, come back 100 percent (out of the bye).”

Star running back Christian McCaffrey, who is nursing an oblique injury suffered in last Sunday’s game, is questionable after returning to the practice field in a limited capacity Saturday after not practicing Thursday or Friday. McCaffrey tied an NFL record last Sunday with a touchdown in his 15th straight game before exiting with the injury.

If McCaffrey doesn’t play, Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason could share running back duties.

All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) is doubtful after he played through an injury in last Sunday’s loss to the Browns. The 10-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t played a full season since 2013.

Starting linebacker Dre Greenlaw (hamstring) is questionable for Monday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) celebrates with wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) after a scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel day-to-day

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and left tackle Trent Williams are day-to-day after not participating in Thursday’s practice.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that McCaffrey, who was injured in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, is only dealing with an oblique issue, as the rib injury is no longer a concern.

Regarding McCaffrey’s MRI, Shanahan was asked by reporters if the result was encouraging.

“I thought it was,” Shanahan said. “Anyone who’s day-to-day, it means they’ve got a chance.”

Along with McCaffrey, Samuel (shoulder) and Williams (ankle), linebacker Dre Greenlaw (hamstring) and guard Aaron Banks (ankle) did not take part in Thursday’s practice.

Preparing for Monday night’s road game against the Minnesota Vikings (2-4), the 49ers (5-1) will also practice Friday and Saturday.

–Field Level Media

October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs the football during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers say Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams day-to-day

While the San Francisco 49ers await further imaging for star running back Christian McCaffrey, coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that wide receiver Deebo Samuel and left tackle Trent Williams avoided major injuries and are day-to-day.

McCaffrey (oblique/rib), Samuel (shoulder) and Williams (ankle) all came away with injuries in Sunday’s 19-17 road loss to the Cleveland Browns — San Francisco’s first defeat of the season.

Williams’ ankle injury is not a high ankle sprain, Shanahan said. Samuel was hit on the shoulder while running a jet sweep on the Niners’ first play from scrimmage.

McCaffrey’s injury, however, may not be something he can play through with protection.

“It’s obviously a tougher position just because you get hit a lot more,” Shanahan said. “But we’ve just got to see how it reacts. We’ve got to see exactly what’s wrong with it too because we haven’t got that back yet. We say oblique/rib, hopefully it’s not both, but we’ve got to wait to see for sure.”

McCaffrey leads the NFL in rushing with 553 yards despite being held to 43 yards on 11 carries before exiting the Browns game. He also has nine touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving) through six games.

All three players will get an extra day to rest and recover as the 49ers (5-1) prepare for next Monday night’s matchup at the Minnesota Vikings (2-4).

–Field Level Media