NEW 49ers NFL Draft Hats Available Now! →
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Shanahan explains the Elijah Lee signing and gives a Jimmie Ward update

Sep 13, 2017 at 1:06 PM--

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media prior to Wednesday's scheduled 1:25 p.m. practice. Earlier that morning, the 49ers added linebacker Elijah Lee off of the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. A day earlier, the team worked out two linebackers – neither of whom was Lee.

Shanahan explained why the 49ers signed someone from outside of the organization versus bringing in someone who has spent time this offseason with the team.

"The person who had been here had only been here for three days," Shanahan said. "I don't really get to see the guys at this time of the year but we tried to figure out the best guy that we thought could help us on special teams and hopefully get him ready to play linebacker. We're still two injuries away from getting that person in – the fourth guy.

"But we needed someone that we thought could learn to do that once the time came and could be our best player on special teams."

Lee was among the players who visited with the 49ers leading into April's draft so there is some familiarity with him.

"He was someone that we were interested in throughout the draft so we had our eye on him," Shanahan explained. "Then our personnel department keeps an eye on him throughout preseason, guys that we targeted in the draft. Usually, those are guys that when we go do it, we put a lot of time into it with their college play."

Free safety Jimmie Ward did not practice during training camp nor did he play during the preseason. He was inactive against the Carolina Panthers during Week 1. Ward has been attempting to return from a hamstring injury that forced the 49ers to place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of training camp. He was activated off of the PUP list back on August 23.

Last week, Ward was limited during practices as the 49ers prepared for the Panthers. This week is starting off similarly, but Ward may get a little more work as the team prepares for its road game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"He's still limited," Shanahan said. "He's going to get more today than he did last week. We're going to continue trying to up his reps. We'll see how that goes today. I expect him to be better this week than he was last week but he's definitely still limited and hope to have him on Sunday."


Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

49ers signing OT Matt Pryor, per John Lynch

By David Bonilla
15 hrs

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch sat down with reporters at the owners' meetings in Arizona on Monday morning. One of the tidbits he offered is that the team has signed offensive tackle Matt Pryor. The #49ers signed OT Matt Pryor, general manager, John Lynch said. Prior has appeared in 60 games with 24 starts over four seasons with Philadelphia and Indianapolis.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 27,

49ers signing former Panthers safety Myles Hartsfield to one-year deal

By David Bonilla
Mar 18

According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, the San Francisco 49ers are signing former Carolina Panthers safety Myles Hartsfield. He reunites with 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, the Panthers' former interim head coach. The #49ers have agreed to terms with DB Myles Hartsfield, source says. He wasn't tendered by the #Panthers as a restricted

Why decision to return to 49ers was easy for Jake Brendel; Center discusses Javon Hargrave signing

By David Bonilla
Mar 19

Jake Brendel had suitors in free agency. Several teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, were interested in the veteran center. Ultimately, much to the delight of fans, he returned to the Niners, his NFL home since 2020. Brendel played 1,252 snaps this past season, by far the most of his career. His 62.9 overall, 71.8 pass-blocking, and 61.9 run-blocking Pro Football Focus grades were each the second-highest of his career. Despite being in the league since 2016, Brendel played just 250 total snaps before this past season, so he lacks the wear and tear of most 30-year-old offensive linemen. The center still feels like his career is just getting started, and his play is on the rise. "Honestly, I

49ers re-sign TE Ross Dwelley, announce S Myles Hartsfield signing

By David Bonilla
Mar 20

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have re-signed tight end Ross Dwelley to a one-year deal. He was an unrestricted free agent. The team also officially announced the signing of free agent safety Myles Hartsfield to a one-year deal, news that was first reported on Saturday. RELATED: 5 things to know about new 49ers DB Myles Hartsfield San Francisco signed Dwelley (6-5, 235) as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego in 2018. He registered three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown through 12 game appearances with the 49ers last season, per


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone