Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will miss his second game of the season today, as his San Francisco 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium, according to a report by ESPN.
In his first start at home of 2018, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard — playing in place of starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who tore his ACL against Kansas City — won’t have arguably his best deep threat.
After being deemed questionable this week by the 49ers, Goodwin — who last week pulled his hamstring and aggravated a quadriceps injury suffered against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 — will rest his injured leg against the Cardinals. Goodwin initially suffered the quad injury in the second quarter of the opener.
In the three games he’s been active this season, Goodwin has caught five balls for 54 yards, and he made a go of things last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, but was largely ineffective and played sparsely. By giving Goodwin an extra week to heal up, San Francisco can get him to 100 percent, or at least close to it, by the time they travel to face the Green Bay Packers next Monday.
Goodwin had never played a full 16 games in a season until last year, when he caught 56 balls for 962 yards — both career highs. He had played 15 games in Buffalo in 2016, but only caught 29 balls for 431 yards. Before that, injuries had limited the Texas product to 24 games in three seasons.
Keeping Goodwin off the field was a move foreshadowed by the activation of Victor Bolden from the suspended list on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday that Richie James would get reps at Goodwin’s X spot, in the absence of both Goodwin and his backup, Dante Pettis, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Bolden, Trent Taylor and Kendrick Bourne will also get reps at the X, though none are X receivers by trade — Bolden, Taylor and James are slot receivers, and Bourne is a Z. Neither Bolden nor James have any career catches. Of the five receivers active for Sunday’s game, Pierre Garçon has the most grabs — 615 — followed by Taylor’s 52 and Bourne’s 21.
In other — much better — news, Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network reported early Sunday morning that cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) will make a go of playing on Sunday. Shanahan had initially thought Sherman would miss several games, but Sherman was adamant that the only certainty was that he would miss last week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He returned to practice on a limited basis this Thursday.
Five other players are listed as questionable for the 49ers today, with left tackle Joe Staley (knee) only practicing in a full capacity on Friday. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) is off the injury report, but Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is questionable, not practicing on Friday after a normal Wednesday and Thursday.