Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is out of surgery after several hours of extensive work, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (on Twitter). The wide receiver will be in the ICU for 3-5 days and doctors are hopeful about his recovery. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) heard from another person that Bailey’s surgery lasted close to nine hours. Overall, the news is positive given the situation.
49ers coach Jim Tomsula says that he isn’t concerned about his job security, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes. “No, we haven’t had conversations about any of that,” Tomsula said. “Just to your point right there – we’re in a performance-based business. And all of us in it get it. So I don’t think or work that way. Just keep on moving. (My) long-term goal is Sunday. That’s just where I stay.” The remaining six games of the season could have an impact on Tomsula’s future in SF, but the organization seems likely to keep him, so long as the team doesn’t totally fall apart.
Cardinals defensive back Tryann Mathieu strongly feels that the 49ers offense is better with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback instead of Colin Kaepernick. “Not to take anything away from Kaepernick, but it seems like Gabbert has a little better grip on what’s going on,” Mathieu said, according to Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “If he gets in a situation, he knows where the ball needs to go. He’s a hell of a passer. He’s underrated when you talk about how well he can throw the football.” Mathieu accounted for two of the four interceptions the Cardinals had against Kaepernick in a 47-7 rout back in September.