The 49ers won’t face Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith for the second time this season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Smith will miss today’s game due to a groin injury that limited him throughout the week.
Geno Smith in field in middle of the picture. Not doing anything. Lock taking snaps and throwing as the starter would. No cleats. Probably.. Safe to assume he is out today. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/ZLBXJlreTC— Ian D Furness (@IanKJRFOX) December 10, 2023
The drop-off from Smith, who has his limitations but has proven to be a starting caliber quarterback in this league, to Drew Lock is substantial. Geno just threw for 334 yards and had four touchdowns on the road against the Cowboys last week.
Lock had two completions and one interception in the last game that he played. And that was against a Rams defense that hasn’t provided much resistance this year.
We’ll see if defensive coordinator Steve Wilks does a 180 from last week and revs up the pressure against an inexperienced quarterback like Lock. A different quarterback could also mean that Seattle’s potent wide receiver trio won’t be as effective.
Here’s a look at the 49ers inactives:
Robert Beal Jr.
Darrell Luter Jr.
With Armstead out, we’ll see more of Javon Kinlaw, Kevin Givens, and Kalia Davis at defensive tackle.
Spencer Burford’s absence means Jon Feliciano will get his second start this season at right guard. Ben Bartch is active for the first time. He’ll likely serve as the swing backup guard.
Ty Davis-Price is active after being released earlier this week and then re-signing to the practice squad. That could have been a transactional and Kyle Shanahan told TDP that this would be the case all week.
Rookie linebacker Jalen Graham will make his debut. He’ll get plenty of snaps on special teams.