Contest: Make your Week 1 picks! →
placeholder image

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


49ers’ cornerback situation ‘up in the air’ ahead of Rams game, says Kyle Shanahan

Jan 4, 2022 at 10:50 AM


Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman exited late in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. However, he was not among the names of injured players that head coach Kyle Shanahan rattled off during his post-game press conference. Instead, Dontae Johnson simply replaced Norman.

Norman committed his sixth pass-interference penalty of the season. That was enough for Shanahan, who admitted that the decision to bench the veteran defensive back in the fourth quarter was his to make.

Johnson entered the game and proceeded to draw a 23-yard pass-interference infraction himself. However, Johnson later broke up a fourth-down pass by Texans quarterback Davis Mills to help preserve the 49ers' ninth victory of the season.

San Francisco's cornerback situation is up in the air heading into the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. If the 49ers win, they are in the playoffs. They will hope for the Atlanta Falcons to knock off the New Orleans Saints if they lose.

"There's not a big jump between all those guys," head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday of his cornerback options and the decision to swap Norman out for Johnson. "So if we were struggling with P.I.s or anything like that, we were going to give Dontae a shot."

Shanahan noted that Johnson has been playing well for the 49ers, and rookie Ambry Thomas has improved in recent weeks.

Other factors will go into the cornerback decision for Sunday. Johnson was just placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as was K'Waun Williams.

Emmanuel Moseley remains on injured reserve due to a high-ankle sprain suffered on December 5. However, Shanahan hopes he can return to practice on Wednesday and says the fourth-year defensive back has a chance to suit up on Sunday.

Who will be lined up on the outside for the 49ers against the Rams? Will it be Norman and Moseley? Johnson and Thomas? Perhaps it will be another combination of those four names.

"I think it's up in the air right now," Shanahan admitted. "Especially with Dontae going on COVID. Hopefully, all the protocols will go right, and we can get him back here in five days. But Josh has held up throughout the year.

"Dontae went in and did a good job, and I think Ambry's been doing really good, once he got his opportunity. And we'll see where Emmanuel's at this week, so hopefully, we'll end up having four good options."
Enjoy this article? Follow us to never miss more!

Powered by Follow.it


Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News


placeholder image

Rapoport: "Clock is ticking" on 49ers, Brandon Aiyuk situation

By David Bonilla
Jul 10

Tight end George Kittle recently expressed that he is "not concerned" about the contract negotiation stalemate between the San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. "Aiyuk's a phenomenal football player who's a big part of our offense, and he's one of the most...


placeholder image

Jerry Rice shares honest thoughts on 49ers-Aiyuk situation

By David Bonilla
Jul 11

Jerry Rice recently sat down with Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area at the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Naturally, the conversation shifted to the ongoing contract stalemate between the San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver...


placeholder image

49ers on Netflix: Kyle Shanahan captures what makes George Kittle and Deebo Samuel so unique in 'Receiver'

By David Bonilla
Jul 10

Following the success of last year's hit Netflix docuseries "Quarterback," the streaming giant has released its latest installment, "Receiver." This new series focuses on the athletes who haul in passes, featuring stars like Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders, Justin...


placeholder image

Kyle Juszczyk shares emotional response to 49ers asking for pay cut

By David Bonilla
Jul 12

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area had the chance to sit down with Kyle Juszczyk at the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where the San Francisco 49ers fullback participated in the annual event. In March, the 49ers agreed to a...


Latest

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone