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SANTA CLARA Dee Ford Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The injury news could have been worse regarding Matt Breida, but it appears the San Francisco 49ers will be without their top running back for at least one game.Breida underwent an MRI on Monday that showed a “serious sprain” to his left ankle, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. That likely will sideline Breida for next Monday night’s game at Green Bay.“It was positive news that it wasn’t a high ankle sprain, (but) he’ll probably end up being doubtful this week,” Shanahan said.As the 49ers look to rebound from Sunday’s deflating 28-18 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they’ll probably have to do so without the player who’s been their best offensive weapon, so far.Breida ranks fifth in the NFL with 369 rushing yards, and his 7.5 yards per carry average leads the league among those with at least 25 rushing attempts. He enjoyed a terrific first quarter Sunday before leaving with his ankle injury.Breida has been a bright spot for the struggling 49ers (1-4), who lost projected starting running back Jerick McKinnon to a torn ACL in the preseason and then watched No. 1 quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffer the same season-ending injury in Week 3 against Kansas City.Without Breida, the 49ers would lean heavily on veteran Alfred Morris, who has shared ball-carrying duties with Breida and is more of a between-the-tackles runner.Raheem Mostert is third on the depth chart, but he’s more of a special-teams contributor and he fumbled his first carry Sunday after Breida left the game.It wasn’t a surprise that the 49ers brought in several running backs for workouts Monday afternoon. One of them was Jeremy McNichols, who was among San Francisco’s training camp cuts this summer.Shanahan said the team would decide later in the week whether to sign a running back. Another option is promoting Jeff Wilson from the practice squad if Breida can’t play Monday at Green Bay.The 49ers will take a two-day break before returning to the practice field Thursday to begin preparing for their prime-time game against the Packers.Figure a point of emphasis will be protecting the ball better Kwon Alexander Jersey , after San Francisco committed five turnovers in Sunday’s loss to the previously winless Cardinals. It was the most turnovers for the 49ers since they had five against Seattle on Sept. 15, 2013.But another challenge for Shanahan is keeping his players mentally focused. Many viewed the 49ers as a potential playoff team before the season. Instead, they’ve lost four of their first five games and suffered a psychological blow when Garoppolo went down.“It’s different in this day and age where you hear everything,” Shanahan said. “It’s hard to simplify your world. And with social media, when guys go home, even if guys don’t listen to things, their wives do. Their girlfriends do. Their brothers do.“When you go through that stuff and don’t meet outside expectations, it starts to affect you. And I just try to constantly preach to our guys to be stronger than that, to try to not pay attention to that, because that’s not going to help you solve any problems.”NOTES: Receiver/punt returner Dante Pettis (left knee) already has been ruled out for a second consecutive game. Several others will be re-evaluated once the team returns to practice Thursday. They include receiver Marquise Goodwin (quad, hamstring), left tackle Joe Staley (knee), center Weston Richburg (knee) Mike McGlinchey Jersey , tight end George Kittle (knee) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (hamstring).Raiders putting Amari Cooper, Karl Joseph on the market The Oakland Raiders traded edge rusher Khalil Mack prior to the start of the 2018 NFL regular season, and they might not be done dealing talented players. The team has been talking to teams about strong safety Karl Joseph and wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer.Glazer’s report indicates the team is pushing harder on Joseph, but it seems pretty clear Jon Gruden is not overly enthused with Cooper’s work. The Raiders spent the 14th overall pick on Joseph in 2016, and the fourth overall pick on Cooper in 2015.Cooper has been in a mess of a situation in Oakland. Derek Carr looked like he was going to be the Raiders guy, but he has struggled to get on track. Cooper has not been a dynamic playmaker the past season and a half, but we saw some big things his first and second seasons (72/1,070/6 and 83/1,154/5). Pro Football Focus points to him as a guy who has been more efficient in the slot.Plenty of fans will clamor for the 49ers to make a move for Cooper. It would amount to a 1+ season assessment window. He is in the fourth year of his rookie contract. The Raiders exercised his 5th year option, which covers the 2019 season is worth $13,924,000. It is currently guaranteed for injury Dante Pettis Jersey , and becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2019 league year next March. If the 49ers acquired him in a trade, they’d pretty much have to keep him through 2019, regardless of how the rest of this season goes. He would not get a chance to work with Jimmy Garoppolo prior to the start of the 2019 league year, so any assessment for the second half of 2018 would be based on his work with C.J. Beathard.Karl Joseph suffered a hamstring injury in Week 3 and is inactive once again in Week 6. However, even before the injury he was barely playing — appearing in 11 total defensive snaps the first three weeks. He dealt with some injuries his rookie season, but had some solid moments his second season. The safety position is a bit shaky right now, but unless the 49ers can get him cheap for depth, I don’t see them making a move. Adrian Colbert and Jaquiski Tartt are both healthy now, and the team will want to see what that pairing can do. But given that Joseph is not playing, I have to think he can be had for next to nothing heading into the trade deadline.
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