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Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With plenty of questions still looming around the 49ers' lack of edge rush, coach Kyle Shanahan said the team could still consider bringing Elvis Dumervil back "at the end of this." Presumably, that means at the end of the preseason. Dumervil led the Niners in sacks last year in a limited role and Shanahan said he trusts that Dumervil could contribute if he was needed.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said CB Richard Sherman (hamstring) is expected back to practice this week. There's a chance Sherman could get some work in the third preseason game, which is next weekend against Indianapolis but the primary goal is still to have him ready for the Sept. 9 season opener against Minnesota.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

A pair of 49ers came out of Saturday's game with some fairly serious injuries that will keep them out for awhile. Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson has a serious hamstring strain that coach Kyle Shanahan said could keep him out 6 to 8 weeks. RB Joe Williams has a fractured rib that will keep him out at least through week 1. Shanahan said team will have to consider all options with both, including injured reserve or potentially injured reserve with the designation to return.

Garoppolo attributes loss to 'way too many' penalties (0:29)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played two full series in Saturday night's loss against the Texans and were it not for two penalties on center Weston Richburg that led to a Garoppolo interception (which bounced off receiver Dante Pettis' outstretched hands), it would have been a nearly perfect preseason performance. Garoppolo finished 10-of-12 for 136 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a passer rating of 107.0. The sour taste of that play shouldn't take away from the fact that the Niners offense had a strong showing in its second exhibition game, even if Houston wasn't deploying some of its top defenders. Garoppolo has been sharp in training camp and seeing that carry over to a game situation is a positive sign that things are on track for the regular season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 9. Just as important: the Niners didn't have any apparent serious injuries to key players like they did last week against Dallas.

Jimmy G starts strong, throws INT late (1:02)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo looked very sharp in two series of work Saturday night against the Texans, though it ended on a sour note after his pass over the middle for Dante Pettis bounced off Pettis' hands and was intercepted. Garoppolo finished his night 10-of-12 for 136 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a rating of 107.0.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

For as good as the 49ers starting offense looked on its opening drive, the defense was almost equally bad. Some missed tackles and assignments allowed the Texans to move it easily down the field for a 1-yard touchdown to former Niners WR Bruce Ellington. Two weeks in a row the 49ers starting defense has looked shaky on the opening drive.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers got what was pretty much an ideal first drive for their starting offense Saturday night against the Texans. They went 82 yards for a touchdown with QB Jimmy Garoppolo looking particularly sharp. Garoppolo was 6-of-7 for 87 yards and a touchdown on the drive and he showed a little bit of everything, including a good deep ball to Marquise Goodwin for 40 yards and a little bit of improvisation. Might not be much reason for him to play another series after that.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

A number of banged-up 49ers not expected to play in tonight's exhibition game against Houston. The list: DL Arik Armstead (hamstring), WR Max McCaffrey, RB Matt Breida (shoulder), CB K'Waun Williams (ankle), CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), RB Jerick McKinnon (calf), SS Marcell Harris (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), OT Garry Gilliam (concussion), TE George Kittle (shoulder), DL Solomon Thomas (concussion).

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49ers holding RB McKinnon out for preseason

A right calf strain suffered in practice over the weekend will keep 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon on the sideline for the remainder of the preseason, according to general manager John Lynch.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers made it official Tuesday; signing RB Alfred Morris to a one-year contract. To make room for Morris, the Niners released OL Alan Knott.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said team is bringing RB Alfred Morris in to provide depth amidst injuries at position. Morris still needs to pass physical but expected to join team in Houston. Running backs Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder) are not available this week for joint practices with the Texans and a preseason game on Saturday.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury bug has been attacking the 49ers during training camp but they continue to avoid serious, long-term issues that could carry into the regular season. They did it again Sunday when RB Jerick McKinnon hurt his right knee in practice and went for an MRI. That MRI showed a calf strain. McKinnon will rest this week (and miss joint practices and preseason game against the Texans) and then be re-evaluated next week.

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(9)Mike McGlincheyOTNotre Dame
2(12)Dante PettisWRWashington
3(6)Fred WarnerILBBYU
3(31)Tarvarius MooreSSouthern Miss
4(28)Kentavius StreetDENorth Carolina State
5(5)D.J. ReedCBKansas State
6(10)Marcell HarrisSFlorida
7(5)Jullian TaylorDTTemple
7(22)Richie JamesWRMiddle Tennessee