PHILADELPHIA – Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon produced an interception in his first profession begin, security Jimmie Ward sustained a fractured forearm, and the 49ers secondary shuffle is in flux as soon as once more.
It was a combined bag of developments in Sunday’s 33-10 loss to the Eagles.
Shedding Ward to harm is nothing new to the protection, however he appeared promising in his conversion from cornerback to security. A fractured left arm may finish his season prematurely, simply as a foot fracture did to his 2014 rookie season and a collar-bone fracture did final 12 months.
The secondary’s most optimistic show got here from Witherspoon, who changed Rashard Robinson on the bottom protection. A 3rd-quarter interception by Witherspoon led to the 49ers’ solely landing drive.
“To play with the extent of confidence that I did and to have enjoyable, I’m excited to construct on it,” mentioned Witherspoon, a third-round draft decide who was inactive the primary 4 video games. He realized Monday of his promotion to the beginning lineup.
On the collection after his interception, Witherspoon gave up a 53-yard landing catch to Alshon Jeffrey, unable to find the ball within the air in time to thwart the play. “I’m simply very excited to continue to grow and get higher as a participant,” Witherspoon mentioned. “That’s what my complete NFL profession has been up to now, studying from my errors and making use of them. That’s what I’m happy with.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned Witherspoon performed properly and competed, including: “I do know he gave up that go-route which clearly wasn’t a superb play. However he had an even bigger turning level in that recreation and gave us an opportunity with the interception. It appeared like he challenged guys.”
A fellow rookie, Adrian Colbert, changed Ward at free security.
Robinson did see motion at cornerback within the second half, and he received known as for 2 penalties (on particular groups) to boost his team-high whole this season to 10. Dontae Johnson made his eighth straight begin and dedicated a pbad-interference penalty that led to the Eagles’ first landing.
— Linebacker Reuben Foster’s well being points first dropped his draft inventory, and now they’ve stored him out of the 49ers lineup sixth video games midway by his rookie season. Out Sunday, Foster sustained a rib harm final recreation whereas getting back from a high-ankle sprain.
Foster practiced final week in restricted style. After lacking 5 video games due to a ankle sprain within the season opener, Foster sustained a rib harm within the third quarter of final Sunday’s 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Brock Coyle began in Foster’s place.
— Eric Reid began at weak-side linebacker within the nickel protection and totaled three tackles with a quarterback hit. “Once I appeared up there, it appeared like he made a bunch of performs,” coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned. “… I used to be happy with our complete protection. They have been carrying us a lot of the recreation. Finally they received one of the best of us on the finish. However I used to be actual happy with our protection.”
— The 49ers have been in Eagles territory for a second straight collection till a back-side cross to Aldrick Robinson received intercepted. Beathard’s cross was low and behind Robinson, who tipped it the air for security Rodney McLeod to intercept on the Eagles 46 with 9:41 till halftime.
— Robbie Gould made a 50-yard area aim with 5:20 remaining, however the 49ers poor safety resulted in his 40-yard try blocked earlier within the fourth quarter.
— Each of tight finish George Kittle’s catches got here within the third quarter, together with a 22-yard reception on a one-handed effort.
— Pierre Garçon had a season-low two catches for 17 yards. Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne mixed for seven targets and no receptions.
— Seven 49ers knelt in the course of the nationwide anthem, together with Eric Reid, Eli Harold, Marquise Goodwin and Adrian Colbert.
— Additionally out for the 49ers have been proper deal with Trent Brown (concussion), defensive finish Aaron Lycnh (calf), cornerback Okay’Waun Williams (quadriceps), linebacker Pita Taumoepenu, security Dexter McCoil and broad receiver Victor Bolden.
— Out for the Eagles have been linebacker Jordan Hicks, cornerback Ronald Darby, broad receiver Shelton Gibson, defensive finish Steven Means, and defensive tackles Justin Hamilton and Elijah Qualls.