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, the second week of the 2018 NFL season kicks off tonight with a divisional matchup between the Ravens and the Bengals. Both teams are coming off week 1 victories that showcased their offensive abilities, but, as usual, the Ravens’ defense seems to have the edge after a stifling performance against the Bills. How much of that was due to the Bills’ ineptitude on offense is yet to be seen, but Baltimore’s ability to harass the quarterback looks to be impressive.As for the 49ers, injury woes have highlighted the week thus far. After reverting to the 49ers’ injured reserve list as part of final cuts, Aaron Burbridge has been officially released by the 49ers with an injury settlement. The veteran wide receiver and special teams contributor is now a free agent, and, unfortunately, I can’t imagine his prospects are too great as of this moment. Speaking of IR, linebacker Brock Coyle has been added to the list following a week 1 impact that left him with a concussion and a broken bone in his back. The team made a corresponding roster move by signing journeyman veteran Terence Garvin, who made three starts last year with the Seattle Seahawks at the linebacker position. Over his previous 5 years in the league, he’s seen a fair amount of special teams work, but a relatively small amount of actual defensive work - however, he does have experience as an inside and outside linebacker, which seems to create some value to having him on the roster, as the entire OLB depth chart is currently Mark Nzeocha. Guards Mike Person and Joshua Garnett continue to sit out with foot injuries, which means, to me, that there may be an outside chance that Najee Toran, an undrafted rookie who was called up from the practice squad this week, may see some game action against the Lions. Malcolm Smith continues to sit out with an injury he sustained early in the preseason - continuing his streak of not producing anything for the 49ers.On the perimeters San Francisco 49ers Hoodie
, Adrian Colbert sat Wednesday’s practice out with a hamstring issue, and fellow defenders Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams, and Ahkello Witherspoon were all listed as “limited” with various ailments. Speedster Marquise Goodwin has continued to sit with a thigh injury, and his availability for Sunday’s home game against the Lions is looking less and less likely.Injury list for Lions week | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Biderman, Sac Bee | Madson, NinerswireBrock Coyle to IR, corresponding LB signing | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | Montero, KNBR | Biderman, Sac Bee | Wagoner, ESPN | Madson, KNBR | Madson (2), KNBRAaron Burbridge released | Madson, NinerswireJimmy Garoppolo on being scared | KNBR Staff | Biderman, Sac BeeKyle Shanahan, Garoppolo emphasizing red-zone efficiency | Almquist, KNBR | Biderman, Sac Bee I got some good news and some bad news. I’ll start with the bad. We don’t need to go into another long post about how the San Francisco 49ers got unlucky with injuries this year. First Jerick McKinnon, then Jimmy Garoppolo, then the roster. Every week you’re left holding your breath that someone doesn’t get their season brought to an end. Well Youth Customized San Francisco 49ers Jerseys
, with all the injured reserve destinations, you may wonder just how much money the 49ers have on injured reserve. We have Over the Cap for that and the results may make you cringe. Sorry everyone, it gets better: Now some things to keep in mind. I believe that number is prorated because for the 2018 season, Jimmy Garoppolo’s cap hit was $37 million, and Jerick McKinnon’s was $6 million. We would subtract unpaid in-season roster bonus money from each of them, but it would still come out to more than $40.4 million. Whatever the case, there’s a lot of money just between those two on the IR books. Brock Coyle is next at $2,050,000Ok, so now the good news. You want to know salary cap space for 2019? Well the folks at Over The Cap got that covered too:The 49ers are no longer at the top of the list as far as salary cap spending, but the top-10 is a nice place. This means they have the means to pay some players (like DeForest Buckner) and get some more free agents to fill those pesky holes. Given that the 49ers are overhauling Trent Baalke’s roster, the excess of cap space is not surprising. It’s been some lean years in the draft, and so the team has not had much talent to extend beyond rookie deals. This offseason brings the first opportunity to extend Buckner and Ronald Blair. Arik Armstead is finishing his fourth year and the team needs to decide if they want to bring him back on his fifth year option. They also face some pressing questions about their trio of specialists with Bradley Pinion, Kyle Nelson, and Robbie Gould all hitting free agency in the spring.Money is not a concern, and won’t be for the foreseeable future. The 49ers have a ton of space even with Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract, and the cap has been steadily climbing. January and February could shake up the team’s cap space heading into 2019 free agency. They won’t extend all the players mentioned above, but they have room to handle some business if they so choose.The 49ers decision-making will be plenty influenced by how the front office and coaching staff view the team’s playoff chances in 2019. They will get Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon back from injured reserve, and potentially have a top five or ten pick that could net a serious impact pass rusher or cornerback. Is that the time to dive in with some big free agency pick-ups, or do they let it ride with much of what they have in 2019, and then make the big push in 2020? Or maybe some combination of both?