Coach Chip Kelly on Monday said he hasn’t heard anything about the 49ers trying to trade left tackle Joe Staley, the senior member of their offense and perhaps their top offensive player.
“That’s news to me,” Kelly said. “Nobody’s had any discussions with me about Joe being traded. We need Joe here.”
After Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium, Pro Football Talk reported the 49ers were willing to move Staley, 32, for a first-round pick. Since winning in Week 1, the 49ers have lost six consecutive games, their worst skid since 2008.
Kelly noted he doesn’t control the roster. That responsibility lies with general manager Trent Baalke. But Kelly said he speaks regularly to Baalke.
“We’ve never had a conversation about that, and we talk about everything on a daily basis,” Kelly said. “That’s never come up. And I understand how it comes up – because we’re 1-6 and Joe’s a veteran player.”
Asked if he felt the need to speak with Staley about the trade report, Kelly said no.
“I don’t make it a habit of talking to our guys about erroneous reports,” he said.
Et cetera – Kelly said outside linebacker Aaron Lynch suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday and cornerback Rashard Robinson sprained his left MCL. The coach did not have a timetable for either player. Both were injured in the third quarter.
▪ Kelly said it didn’t appear defensive lineman Arik Armstead did any further damage to his left shoulder Sunday. Armstead, who originally injured the shoulder early in training camp, aggravated it in the third quarter Sunday and did not return.
▪ Asked why linebacker Tank Carradine didn’t play Sunday, the first time that has happened this season, Kelly said it was because the defense used Ahmad Brooks and Lynch more. Kelly noted outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver decides how many snaps each of those players gets.