September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) catches the football against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw agrees to 2-year extension

The San Francisco 49ers reached agreement on a two-year extension worth nearly $19 million with linebacker Dre Greenlaw, NFL Network reported Monday.

Greenlaw, 25, gets $10 million in guaranteed money, per the report. The sides reached the deal before the 49ers’ win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Greenlaw went on to record eight tackles in the game.

Greenlaw is in his fourth year with the Niners. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.

He has racked up 212 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks in 34 games (26 starts) for San Francisco.

–Field Level Media

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy G replaces injured Trey Lance, leads 49ers over Seahawks

Jimmy Garoppolo came off the bench for an injured Trey Lance and guided the San Francisco 49ers to a 27-7 victory against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard sneak with 1:51 remaining to clinch the victory.

The 49ers (1-1) also got key contributions from two other injury replacements. Jeff Wilson Jr. filled in as the lead running back for Elijah Mitchell and had a game-high 84 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tight end Ross Dwelley, subbing in for George Kittle, made a 38-yard touchdown reception and recovered two fumbles.

The Seahawks (1-1) managed just 216 yards of total offense and committed three turnovers. Geno Smith was 24-of-30 passing for 197 yards and an interception.

Garoppolo came on late in the first quarter after Lance suffered a right ankle injury on a quarterback keeper. Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Two plays later, Robbie Gould kicked his second field goal to give the 49ers a 6-0 lead.

Garoppolo found a wide-open Dwelley on the 49ers’ next possession to make it 13-0.

The Seahawks finally got untracked offensively late in the half, driving to San Francisco’s 5-yard line. On second-and-5, Kenneth Walker III took a snap in the wildcat formation and pitched to Deejay Dallas, who tried to hit DK Metcalf in the end zone. But Dallas grossly underthrew the pass, with the 49ers’ Charvarius Ward making an interception at the goal line.

The Seahawks held San Francisco to a three-and-out, forcing Mitch Wishnowsky into his first punt of the day. Seattle’s Tyler Lockett signaled for a fair catch, but teammate Xavier Crawford was blocked into him, the ball glancing off Crawford’s arm and recovered by Dwelley.

Four plays later, fullback Kyle Juszczyk scored on a 1-yard plunge to give the 49ers a 20-0 lead with 1:26 remaining before the intermission.

The Seahawks’ lone score came with 5:25 left in the third quarter as Tariq Woolen blocked Gould’s 20-yard field-goal attempt and Mike Jackson returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) is carted off the field after an injury against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Trey Lance (ankle) carted off, ruled out vs. Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower right leg late in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif.

Lance’s leg appeared to buckle under him after a short gain on a rushing play. He was quickly ruled out for the game with an ankle injury.

Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game in relief of Lance and started 4-for-4 for 70 yards, capped off by a 38-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ross Dwelley that gave the 49ers a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

San Francisco kept Garoppolo on a reworked deal for 2022 after it was unable to find a trade partner for the veteran.

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Sep 12, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts following a play against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Geno Smith looks to keep proving doubters wrong vs. 49ers

Consider Geno Smith the early leader for the NFL’s quote of the year.

After engineering the Seahawks’ 17-16 victory against Denver in Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle on Monday night, Smith was asked by a sideline reporter about his doubters after making his first opening-week start since 2014.

“They wrote me off, I ain’t write back though,” Smith said.

The Seahawks, predicted by almost everyone to finish last in the NFC West, instead became the lone team in the division to win their opener.

Seattle will now look to stay atop the division when it faces the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

Smith, who served as Wilson’s backup with the Seahawks the previous two seasons, was generally mistake-free in the opener, completing 23 of 28 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was just another win, great win, with the team,” Smith said. “I love the way our guys stood up. I love the passion we played with, and we just have to keep that going.”

Seattle’s defense made two goal-line stands in the second half and limited Denver to a pair of field goals on four trips to the red zone.

Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu made seven tackles, had one sack, forced a goal-line fumble and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

“It was sensational, man,” Nwosu said of his Seattle debut after being signed away from the Los Angeles Chargers in the offseason. “You hear about (the noise at Lumen Field) all the time, but to experience it for yourself is something different. That crowd was amazing today, they were great for us. They really helped us out there. We appreciate them so much.”

The 49ers lost their opener 19-10 Sunday at Chicago despite scoring the game’s first 10 points.

Trey Lance, in his first game since being named the starter, was 13 of 28 for 164 yards on a sloppy day at Soldier Field and threw a costly interception.

“Just too many mistakes I still have to clean up, for sure, for me,” Lance said. “But, man, excited. Still got my head up. Excited to get ready to go next week.”

The 49ers lost top running back Elijah Mitchell to a knee injury that’s expected to sideline him for at least a month and tight end George Kittle didn’t play because of a groin injury. Kittle has continued to miss practice this week.

Jeff Wilson Jr. is expected to get most of the carries in Mitchell’s absence.

“Jeff is just such a good football player,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Anything that we ask him to do, he does. Whether it’s our third-down back, whether it’s playing the fullback role when our wideouts have the ball, in the pass game, in the run game, he’s been a starter for us, and Jeff, he’s just a very reliable guy.”

Seahawks safety Jamal Adams Jr. suffered a knee injury Monday that could require surgery, head coach Pete Carroll said. Fellow safety Quandre Diggs (knee), cornerback Artie Burns (groin) and defensive end Shelby Harris (back) were among those who missed practice on Wednesday.

Rookie running back Kenneth Walker III was a full participant after missing the opener with a hernia and Carroll said he hopes the former Michigan State standout will make his NFL debut Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) out at least a few weeks

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell will miss some time with a right knee injury he sustained during the team’s Week 1 loss to the host Chicago Bears on Sunday.

NFL Network reported Monday that Mitchell was expected to be sidelined a few weeks or more, depending on the result of an MRI.

Mitchell left Sunday’s 19-10 loss after being tackled by Bears safety Eddie Jackson, whose shoulder collided with Mitchell’s right knee. He finished the game with six carries for 41 yards.

A sixth-round pick in 2021, Mitchell had a surprising rookie campaign in which he led San Francisco in rushing with 963 yards in 11 games (10 starts). He missed six games due to a concussion and injuries to his ribs and shoulder.

Mitchell also injured a hamstring during training camp this summer and sat out the preseason as a result.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

49ers-Bears clash features battle of young guns

Justin Fields proverbially circled Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers because it marks the opener of his first full season as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

That visiting San Francisco passed on selecting Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft hardly will have a bearing on Fields when Chicago hosts the 49ers on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re not worried about last year’s draft,” Fields said. “‘Oh, this team passed on me.’”

Piloting an attack led by new head coach Matt Eberflus and new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, Fields hopes to build consistency after what proved a lame-duck season for former coach Matt Nagy in 2021.

An emerging bond with coaches and teammates old and new has the second-year signal-caller feeling optimistic about the new season.

“My guys in the locker room. … Playing for my teammates, playing for my coaches and going out and executing to the best of my ability,” Fields said on his motivation.

In 12 games as a rookie, including 10 starts, Fields passed for 1,870 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing for 420 yards and two scores.

Fields will be facing a fellow second-year pro in San Francisco quarterback Trey Lance, who takes over the starting job from veteran Jimmy Garoppolo.

Although Garoppolo steered San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game a season ago, the 49ers have opted for Lance, a North Dakota State product, under center following training camp.

“Trey’s in as good of a spot as I’ve been around him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s confident, had a good camp, got as many reps as he’s ever gotten before. He’s been thrown in a ton of tough situations, good situations, and now it’s time to go play.”

Lance played in six games as a rookie, making two starts, while throwing only 71 passes. He accounted for six total touchdowns, including five through the air, passing for 603 yards and rushing for 168.

To be sure, the 49ers like Lance’s mobility and versatility, which are attributes of dual-threat wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

Samuel ranked third in the NFL in 2021 with a career-best 1,770 scrimmage yards while becoming the first player in league history to gain at least 1,400 yards receiving and 300 yards rushing in a single season. The first-time All-Pro ran for eight touchdowns, the most by a wideout in a single season in NFL history.

Samuel had 171 receiving yards against the Bears last season, helping the 49ers to a 33-22 road victory in Week 8. Elijah Mitchell, then a rookie, ran for a career-best 137 yards with a TD.

The 49ers may be without three-time Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle, who suffered a groin injury in Monday’s practice. Shanahan said Wednesday that Kittle was day-to-day.

Fields ran for a career-high 103 yards on 10 carries against San Francisco last season while contributing a passing and rushing touchdown apiece.

That effort came on an arguably shoddy surface at Soldier Field. The Bears since have installed Bermuda grass that Eberflus said should be more durable, especially in colder weather later in the season.

Chicago hopes that also bodes well for a pass rush led by Robert Quinn, who paced the NFC with 18 1/2 sacks last season.

The all-time series between the Bears and 49ers is tied 32-32-1. San Francisco has won two of the past three meetings.

–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

49ers’ brass glad ‘rest of league’ passed on Jimmy G

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan thanks the rest of the NFL for passing on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

“The rest of the league had a chance to get him,” Shanahan said on Tuesday, sternly rejecting the idea San Francisco didn’t want their former starter to stick around. “There aren’t 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and we believe we have two of them.

“We have a starting quarterback as a backup. The rest of the league had a chance to get him, and I feel so fortunate that they didn’t.”

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch said the restructured deal with Garoppolo saves money and brings insurance in the event new starter Trey Lance suffers an injury.

Lance was informed months ago he would be the starting quarterback in 2022 after biding his time behind Garoppolo as a rookie last season.

“When I told Trey that Jimmy’s coming back, he said ‘Awesome,’” Shanahan said. “There was no relationship to mend.”

Garoppolo is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery but has 45 starts with the franchise since being acquired from the New England Patriots.

His salary, reportedly trimmed to $6.5 million, is the highest in the NFL for a No. 2 quarterback unless a team unexpectedly shifts its depth chart before Week 1.

With no NFL team offering what the 49ers suggested — or perhaps expected — and Garoppolo’s agents satisfied that the door was closed on starting opportunities this season, they approached him about staying put at a reduced salary. The contract allows Garoppolo to leave in free agency after the 2022 season, but he forfeits the majority of his scheduled base salary of $24 million.

“Our patience was rewarded,” Lynch said Tuesday.

–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

Reports: Jimmy Garoppolo stays with 49ers on new 1-year deal

Jimmy Garoppolo’s destination for the 2022 season turned out to be the San Francisco 49ers.

Garoppolo and the 49ers agreed to a restructured one-year contract that will keep him in town as one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the league this season, NFL Network and ESPN reported Monday.

Garoppolo’s new deal is worth a fully guaranteed $6.5 million in base with several other incentives — including play-time bonuses — that could raise his total earnings close to $16 million for the year, reports said.

With San Francisco committing to Trey Lance as its starting quarterback going forward, the 49ers were not expected to keep Garoppolo on the roster before Monday’s news.

The new deal reportedly includes a no-trade clause, meaning the ship has sailed on any of the other 31 teams in the league bringing in Garoppolo for this season.

Garoppolo’s agents were given permission to seek a trade last month. Some of the speculated destinations included the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. But the Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield and named him their starter, the Browns will head into Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension with Jacoby Brissett and the Seahawks named Geno Smith their Week 1 starter over Drew Lock.

Garoppolo had offseason shoulder surgery that dampened his market around the league, but he has since returned to throwing.

Garoppolo has played 46 games (starting 45) for the Niners over the past five seasons, amassing a 31-14 record as a starter and helping the team reach two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. He has thrown for 11,162 yards, 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions for San Francisco.

Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 draft, saw action in six games last year, receiving two starts. He threw for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for another 168 yards and a touchdown during his rookie season.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jason Verrett (2) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers place CB Jason Verrett on PUP list

The San Francisco 49ers placed veteran cornerback Jason Verrett on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

The transaction means Verrett will miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

Verrett, 31, suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2021 season. It marked the third season of his eight-year career in which he played exactly one game due to injuries. He also missed the entire 2018 season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

In seven seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2014-17) and Niners (2019-21), Verrett has recorded 145 tackles, seven interceptions and 26 pass breakups across 40 career games (36 starts). He was a Pro Bowler in 2015.

The 49ers also released tight end Tanner Hudson, waived linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel, waived offensive lineman Sam Schlueter with an injury designation and placed defensive lineman Kalia Davis on the reserve/non-football injury list ahead of Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to get their active roster down to 80 players.

–Field Level Media

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