The San Francisco 49ers head back to practice Wednesday afternoon, which means we will see the first practice participation report of the week. That will give us some initial insight into what the injury report might look like later this week.
Wednesday morning, head coach Jim Harbaugh conducted his weekly call-in segment with the Murph & Mac Show on KNBR. He provided some early thoughts on the various injured players, although as is expected, he kept it fairly general. He seemed optimistic for the most part, stating the team likely dodged bullets with all four notable injuries. You can listen to the entire interview HERE.
Patrick Willis: Coach Harbaugh said he did not think it was a long-term injury, and would not characterize it as turf toe. He would not say when Patrick Willis would be ready to play again, so we will keep track of the injury report in the meantime. It is worth noting that turf toe has varying degrees of severity. We'll have more on it later today from socalisteph.
Mike Iupati: He apparently "looked really good" after the game. However, as Coach Harbaugh pointed out, it all comes down to going through the concussion protocol this week. He will need to be asymptomatic (no symptoms) first while at rest, and then after exertion. We will probably get a better handle on his status by Friday, and even more so Saturday or early Sunday.
Jimmie Ward: He suffered a quadricep injury in the third quarter on Monday. Coach Harbaugh said it was similar to Patrick Willis in terms of not being a long term injury. He said the team would have to wait and see how the injury feels today. The 49ers brought in Chris Cook and Dontae Johnson to compensate for his absence on Monday, with Perrish Cox working in the slot a bit.
Stevie Johnson: He took a knee to the hip on Monday, and Coach Harbaugh said he was a little sore on Tuesday. Again, they'll see how he feels today, and go from there.