Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship.
Nothing that has happened the past two weeks has shaken that belief, and his teammates and coaches feel the same way.
But there’s a sense of urgency as the defending NFC champions take a two-game losing streak into Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
The 49ers (6-4) have slipped to the sixth and final spot in the conference playoff picture, as San Francisco prepares for the season’s stretch run.
Snyder will be in the middle of it Monday when he makes his first start of the season. The ninth-year veteran takes the place of injured All-Pro left guard Mike Iupati for a struggling offense that has been a big reason for the team’s recent slide that followed a five-game winning streak.
It’s a familiar situation for Snyder, who made 69 starts at four line positions during his first stint in San Francisco from 2005-2011.
What’s not so familiar for the 49ers is a losing streak that has dropped them near the edge of playoff contention. It’s just the second time San Francisco has lost two games in a row since coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff arrived in 2011.
But the 49ers, who were 9-1 and 7-2-1 after 10 games the past two seasons, remain confident they can get back on course for a return to the Super Bowl.
RAIDERS PROMOTE RECEIVER — The Oakland Raiders have promoted wide receiver Greg Jenkins from the practice squad and placed Juron Criner on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The Raiders made the move Saturday to give them another option at wideout with leading receiver Denarius Moore out for today’s game against Tennessee with a shoulder injury.
Jenkins joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State. He played quarterback in college but moved to receiver with the Raiders and made the practice squad.
Criner played one game in his second season. He had three catches for 32 yards against Philadelphia on Nov. 3.
AROUND THE LEAGUE — The Green Bay Packers placed Casey Hayward on injured reserve, ending a tough season for the second-year cornerback. Hayward has been bothered all season by a hamstring injury. … The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting fullback Stanley Havili and cornerback Greg Toler and backup linebacker Kavell Conner for today’s game.