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Shanahan, who’s been coaching in the NFL for 14 seasons, has seen players lose loved ones in days leading up to games and knows the mental weight it can carry. The 49ers coach was ready to let his speedy receiver take time with his wife after she prematurely gave birth Sunday to their son, whom Goodwin said died of complications.
But Goodwin decided to play, helping San Francisco get its first win of the season. He had an 83-yard touchdown reception and threw a key block on another big scoring play, when he laid out a defensive back and allowed Garrett Celek to scamper into the end zone.
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Goodwin later announced his family’s loss on social media.
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Shanahan said he first knew about the situation Saturday morning, when Goodwin told him that his wife, Morgan, was experiencing complications with the pregnancy. Shanahan allowed Goodwin to be with her Saturday night and then heard about the news Sunday morning.
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Goodwin was clearly emotional while scoring the long touchdown Sunday. He blew a kiss toward the sky as he crossed the goal line before falling to his knees in the end zone. Teammates on the field, and some from the sideline, ran to lift him back to his feet and show support.
On Celek’s touchdown catch, Goodwin’s block of an incoming defensive back knocked the wind out of him and he had to be tended to by trainers.
”I thought he was hurt until I saw him smiling on the ground trying to breathe. But it was pretty neat and (I was) very happy for him. And I think you guys could see the whole team was too,” Shanahan said.
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NOTES: Shanahan said S Adrian Colbert fractured his thumb early in the game Sunday and might require surgery. The 49ers next play Nov. 26 against the Seahawks following their bye week, and Colbert’s status is unknown. … San Francisco released defensive lineman Tony McDaniel Monday, presumably to open a roster spot for Tank Carradine (ankle) to return from injured reserve. Carradine is eligible to play against Seattle.
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