49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has been ruled out for Sunday’s home-opener against the Lions, head coach Kyle Shanahan has announced. Goodwin suffered a thigh contusion early in the season opener against the Vikings, and hasn’t been able to practice since. Coach also revealed that rookie Dante Pettis will start in the place of the injured Goodwin.
Pettis’ NFL debut was electrifying to say the least. Although the stat-sheet may not stand out that vividly (2 catches, 65 yards, and 1 TD on 5 targets), it was Pettis’ toe-dragging, 22-yard touchdown reception that really generated some electricity around the league, proving he truly does belong in this league.
I think Pettis and Garoppolo have a great opportunity to develop a rapport, and eventually be one of the league’s most-feared duos in good time. For now, I’d just love to see Pettis keep putting DBs in the spin cycle, and of course more eye-popping, toe-dragging, QB-saving touchdown receptions in the back of the endzone. However, more than anything else, I really want to see his cat celebration again!
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 13, 2018
The absence of Goodwin also allows fellow rookie receiver Richie James Jr. to be active for the first time, making his NFL debut at home against the Lions this Sunday.
Here’s the rest of the 49ers’ final injury report heading into week 2:
- Adrian Colbert (S) — Questionable: Hamstring
- Mike Person (G) — Questionable: Foot
- Malcolm Smith (LB) — Questionable: Hamstring
- Joshua Garnett (G) — Out: Foot
- Erik Magnuson (G) — Out: Hamstring
Rookie guard Najee Toran is in place to start for Mike Person, should his foot injury keep him sidelined once again. Also, linebacker Elijah Lee is in place to start for the often-injured Malcolm Smith.