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49ers-Saints injury report: Quinton Dial limited after getting poked in the eye

The 49ers and Saints released their injury reports for Thursday practice. Each had one new addition, while everybody else remained the same. We break it all down.

Norm Hall

The San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints released their injury reports, and we have one new addition for each team. 49ers defensive tackle Quinton Dial was added as limited due to an eye injury. Matt Barrows tweeted that Dial was poked in the eye. Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem sat out practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury.

Patrick Willis and Dan Skuta both sat out practice for the second straight day. Earlier in the day, Vic Fangio said Willis was questionable for Sunday at this point, but if he did not get into practice before the end of the week, he would more likely be doubtful. I would be surprised if either Willis or Skuta played on Sunday, but we'll see what Friday's practice report brings.

If Willis cannot go, Chris Borland will get a second consecutive start in his place. The more "interesting" absence would be Skuta because it would likely mean full starting reps for Aaron Lynch. The 49ers have used Lynch in the nickel, but this would likely mean close to a full workload. It could also mean Corey Lemonier gets some work, but I am anxious to see Lynch in base downs.

49ers injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Tramaine Brock CB toe Limited Limited
Quinton Dial DT eye Not on report Limited
Frank Gore RB hip Limited Limited
Brandon Lloyd WR hamstring Limited Limited
Dan Skuta OLB ankle DNP DNP
Justin Smith DT not injury related DNP Full
Ian Williams NT shin Limited Limited
Patrick Willis ILB toe DNP DNP

Saints injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Jonathan Goodwin C knee, ankle Limited Limited
Jimmy Graham TE shoulder Full Full
David Hawthorne LB hand DNP DNP
Mark Ingram RB shoulder Limited Limited
Robert Meachem WR Ankle Not on report DNP
Khiry Robinson RB forearm DNP DNP
Kenny Stills WR thigh Limited Limited
Zach Strief OT chest DNP DNP
Pierre Thomas RB rib, shoulder DNP DNP


BOLD-Indicates change in status

Out - player definitely will not play
Doubtful - at least 75% chance player will not play
Questionable - 50-50 chance player will not play
Probable - virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty