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Marquise Goodwin: I’m symptom free, could have played this week if 49ers had a game

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Good news for the 49ers wide receiver.

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The San Francisco 49ers had a big scare in Week 17 when wide receiver Marquise Goodwin took a nasty hit from cornerback Blake Countess. Goodwin suffered a concussion and was taken to a nearby hospital for a precautionary evaluation. Fortunately, Goodwin was cleared to fly home with the team.

The 49ers had player media availability on Monday to close out the season, and Goodwin said he is symptom free. He said he is feeling wonderful after undergoing a CT scan and other tests, and that he could play this week if there had been another week of the season.

Goodwin finished off the best season of his career by a long shot. He played a full 16-game scheduled for the first time in five seasons. He finished with 56 receptions for 962 yards, both of which were career highs.

His season came amidst immense personal tragedy. He lost his newborn son prior to Week 10, and then lost his dad later in the season. His performance on the field and his willingness to discuss these issues in the locker room led to his earning the team’s Len Eshmont Award, which goes to the most inspirational and courageous player. there really was no player remotely as worthy, so it is no surprise Goodwin earned the player-voted award.

The season has come to a close, and Goodwin and the rest of the team can begin looking ahead to 2018. The 49ers wide receiver position is an intriguing one. They don’t have a clear long-term No. 1, but if they went into next year with this group (including a returning Pierre Garçon), I think they could be plenty competitive for a playoff berth. I do think they need to find some more long-term options, but for 2018, Jimmy Garoppolo could do some things with these receivers.