After re-signing Robbie Gould to a two-year extension, the San Francisco 49ers placed the kicker on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which will keep the veteran out of the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Niners signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino who was released from the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad on Dec. 15. The 24-year-old hasn’t attempted a kick during a regular season game but had short stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals before landing in Minnesota.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan says either Vizcaino or punter Mitch Wishnowky will handle kicking duties this weekend against Seattle. He also touched on why he was happy to get a deal done with Gould.
“You need a kicker and you want a good one,” Shanahan said. “You have to make those decisions financially that affect every other one, but if you decide to move on from a good kicker like Robbie, you got to be willing to get worse, or spend the same money to try and stay the same. To me, that’s a pretty easy decision.”
Shanahan also gave some injury updates on several players ahead of Wednesday’s practice.
The following players did not participate:
Brandon Aiyuk (ankle) OUT
Trent Williams (elbow) OUT
Jordan Willis (ankle) OUT
Richard Sherman (calf) OUT
K’Waun Williams (shin) OUT
Kevin Givens (personal) OUT
Javon Kinlaw (knee) OUT
Shanahan says Kinlaw’s current injury isn’t the same knee he hurt in college. He doesn’t think it’s too severe and that he could still play on Sunday.
The following players will be limited in practice:
Dion Jordan (knee)
Tavarious Moore (ankle)
Emmanuel Moseley (ankle)
Justin Skule (knee)
Shanahan was also asked about his hopes for 2021.
“I didn’t realize tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, so that’s exciting. I do want this year to end, for everything, not just football, but 2020 for the world. I’m just excited for a new start. It’s been a grind this year, as everyone knows. I don’t look at it as a negative, Obviously, we are disappointed and wish it went differently.
I think this year made us harder, it’s going to make us stronger, and therefore it’s going to make us better. When you have been in this business long enough, you realize football never ends. It just stops a little bit, enough for you to reset, to come back.
I’m ready to reset. I want our team to reset. I want us to get healthy. I want to figure out some decisions, and I want to get the Niners back on the field in front of our fans, what we’re used to playing in our home and get back to playing football the way we know we’re capable of.”
Linebacker Fred Warner — who was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week — was also asked about his New Year’s wishes. He said he would like to start reading more books and finished off his answer with, “I’m looking forward to having Nick Bosa back in 2021.”
So are we, Fred.