49ers’ Good­win misses prac­tice with in­jury

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A calf con­tu­sion and lin­ger­ing Achilles is­sue kept wide re­ceiver/kick re­turner Mar­quise Good­win off the 49ers prac­tice field Wed­nes­day. It’s the lat­est set­back of a “very in­con­sis­tent” sea­son, as de­scribed by coach Kyle Shana­han.

“It’s tough to be con­sis­tent when you’re not healthy, and we’re deal­ing with that this week, too,” Shana­han said. “Hope­fully he’ll be more for­tu­nate with that stuff next year.”

Good­win looked like the 49ers’ No. 1 re­ceiver in train­ing camp. He was build­ing off a break­out sea­son (56 catches, 962 yards) that earned him a March con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2021.

This year, he’s played only 44 per­cent of the of­fen­sive snaps, and only four games have been over an 80-per­cent work­load that’s ex­pected out of a start­ing split end. A quadri­ceps in­jury in the sea­son opener sparked his set­backs, along with a ham­string is­sue a few weeks later and then a Nov. 24 per­sonal is­sue that led to a two-game hia­tus. He hurt his calf on Sun­day’s fi­nal snap.

With Dante Pet­tis prov­ing this rookie sea­son he can flour­ish in the spli­tend role but also ro­tate at other spots, Good­win likely won’t have a full- time role next sea­son, as Shana­han noted: “It def­i­nitely would help him more to not be out there as much.”

With Good­win hurt­ing again and Pet­tis (knee) al­ready ruled out of Sun­day’s sea­son fi­nale against the host Los An­ge­les Rams, the 49ers sum­moned wide re­ceiver Steven Dun­bar Jr. from the prac­tice squad and he’s ex­pected to make his NFL de­but at the L.A. Memo­rial Coli­seum.

Dun­bar Jr.’s 6-foot-3 frame, his “good hands” and weekly know-how of the 49ers play­book are what Shana­han cited for his pro­mo­tion over fel­low prac­tice-squad re­ceivers Max McCaf­frey and Jor­dan Small­wood.

Dun­bar, an un­drafted rookie out of Hous­ton, was part of the 49ers’ orig­i­nal prac­tice-squad class Sept. 2 that in­cluded quar­ter­back Nick Mul­lens and run­ning back Jeff Wil­son Jr., both of whom will start against the Rams.

GOFF, LIKE SCHAUB?: On Rams quar­ter­back Jared Goff, Shana­han said: “You could tell Goff was a spe­cial quar­ter­back by what he did last sea­son, and he started this sea­son out even bet­ter. He was ex­tremely ac­cu­rate. He re­minds me a lot of Matt Schaub. You’ve got a guy who’s very good in the pocket, and if you give him time to throw, he can pick you apart be­cause his ac­cu­racy is that good.”

Shana­han was Schaub’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in Hous­ton when the quar­ter­back com­pleted a ca­reer-best 67.9-per­cent of his passes (4,770 yards, 29 touch­downs, 15 in­ter­cep­tions). Goff, drafted No. 1 over­all out of Cal in 2016, is com­plet­ing 65.2 per­cent of his passes (4,489 yards, 28 TDs, 12 in­ter­cep­tions).

Schaub, 37, is a backup with the At­lanta Fal­cons, where Shana­han also worked with him in 2016 be­fore join­ing the 49ers.

Since re­turn­ing from St. Louis in 2016, the Rams have lost both of their pre­vi­ous home games to the 49ers, both in late De­cem­ber. At stake Sun­day is a chance for the two-time NFC West champs to se­cure the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the play­offs.

Since wal­lop­ing the host 49ers on 39-10 on Oct. 21, the Rams have added Fowler, got­ten cor­ner­back Aqib Talib back from in­jury and lost re­ceiver



49ers coach Kyle Shana­han on wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win

Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL. They’ve lost two of their past three. “A cou­ple games they hit a lit­tle bit of a lull go­ing against re­ally good de­fenses. They bounced back last week. Like the be­gin­ning of the year, you can tell why they’re one of the bet­ter teams in the league. They have the abil­ity in all three phases to play like a top team.” TRADE RE­VIS­ITED: When the Rams traded at mid­sea­son for Dante Fowler, the 49ers also had in­ter­est but took into ac­count his pend­ing free agency in March. “We’re al­ways in­ter­ested in adding pass rush­ers,” Shana­han said. “It was a lit­tle risky for the sit­u­a­tion we were in.”

Fowler, drafted No. 3 over­all in 2015 by the Jack­sonville Jaguars, fetched a 2019 thir­dround pick and 2020 fifth-round choice. The 24-year-old line­backer has started the past five games and has two sacks since join­ing the Rams. CEN­TER RE­VIEW: One of the 49ers’ big­gest off­sea­son moves was sign­ing cen­ter We­ston Rich­burg in free agency and then trad­ing away Daniel Kil­gore to Mi­ami. Shana­han is “happy” with Rich­burg, even if out­side an­a­lysts such as Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus rate him poorly.

“We’ve got­ten very good cen­ter play. He started this year at an ex­tremely high level. He was do­ing as well in the run game as any­body I’ve had,” Shana­han said. “He had a num­ber of set­backs with his knee in­jury that he’s bat­tled through.”


49ers wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win catches a pass in front of Bears cor­ner­back Prince Amuka­mara on Sun­day in Santa Clara. The in­jury-plagued Good­win missed prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

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