SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Mike Purcell, who made the 49ers’ 53-man roster with an impressive exhibition season, got the surprise start on Sunday in place of first-round draft pick Arik Armstead.
And Purcell came through with a solid game with three tackles and the 49ers’ only sack in their 19-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Purcell played 49 of the 49ers’ 80 defensive snaps, while Armstead was on the field for just 18 plays.
“Arik was just a little sore, so we wanted to have him in the dime rush stuff,” 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. Armstead was listed as probable with a shoulder injury.
Armstead got the bulk of the action a week earlier after starter Glenn Dorsey sustained a season-ending ACL tear.
The 49ers prior to the game announced Corey Lemonier would start in place of Ahmad Brooks, who sat out the game with a concussion. However, Eli Harold started and played 41 snaps. Lemonier played 44 snaps.
Defensive coordinator Eric Mangini said on Friday that cornerback Kenneth Acker would start but he would share time with Marcus Cromartie – just as they did against the Seattle Seahawks a week earlier. However, Cromartie did not see any action on defense.
Running back Shaun Draughn played every snap on offense, a rarity for a running back.
Here’s a complete rundown of the 49ers’ play time on offense, defense and special teams:
56 -- QB Blaine Gabbert, RB Shaun Draughn, LT Joe Staley, LG Alex Boone, C Marcus Martin, RG Andrew Tiller, RT Erik Pears
54 -- WR Anquan Boldin
53 -- WR Torrey Smith
50 -- TE Vance McDonald
31 -- WR Quinton Patton
19 -- TE Blake Bell
8 -- FB Bruce Miller
5 -- TE Garrett Celek
3 -- WR Jerome Simpson
1 -- WR Bruce Ellington
80 -- CB Tramaine Brock, S Jaquiski Tartt, LB NaVorro Bowman
76 -- S Eric Reid
75 -- CB Kenneth Acker
67 -- OLB Aaron Lynch
62 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
59 -- DT Quinton Dial
53 -- DB Jimmie Ward
49 -- DT Mike Purcell, NT Ian Williams
44 -- OLB Corey Lemonier
41 -- OLB Eli Harold
18 -- DT Arik Armstead
14 -- DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
14 -- CB Dontae Johnson
11 -- DE Tank Carradine
8 -- LB Gerald Hodges
20 -- Shayne Skov, Nick Bellore
16 -- Kendall Gaskins, Miller
15 -- Marcus Cromartie, Ward
14 -- Patton
11 -- Acker
10 -- Bradley Pinion
9 -- Ellington
8 -- Brock, Jerod-Eddie
7 -- Kyle Nelson, McDonald, Tartt, Dial, Harold
6 -- Armstead
5 -- Keith Reaser
4 -- Reid, Wilhoite, Purcell, Williams, Johnson, Hodges
3 -- Phil Dawson, Jordan Devey, Pears, Boone, Tiller, Lynch
2 -- Celek
1 -- Carradine
Did not play -- QB Dylan Thompson, RB Travaris Cadet, OT Trent Brown
Not active -- WR DeAndrew White, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Chris Davis, LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, LB Ahmad Brooks, OL Brandon Thomas, OL Ian Silberman