The San Francisco 49ers are back at the facility this week after a few days off following their Thanksgiving loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Jim Harbaugh will meet with the media at 12:30 p.m. PT, and that will be followed by locker room availability at 2:40 p.m. The return to the facility means we should get some injury updates as the 49ers look to get closer to full health for this weekend.
Here is a quick rundown of the statuses of the 49ers various injured players. This is based on where they were heading into the Seahawks game, and what a few days of rest could mean for them. For some of these guys, it is not a surprise they sat out Thursday, given the short week. The extra rest could get some of them back this weekend against the Oakland Raiders.
Anthony Davis, RT, concussion: He was inactive against the Seahawks, marking the second straight game he has sat with concussion symptoms. Getting over such symptoms just takes time, so a few extra days can only help. The 49ers first practice report will likely be on Wednesday. Davis has been sitting out practice the last two weeks, so getting back to practice on Wednesday, even in a limited fashion, would indicate progress in the concussion protocol.
Vance McDonald, TE, hip/Derek Carrier, TE, foot: McDonald missed his second straight game after once again being limited in practice. He suffered the hip injury prior to the Washington game, but has been able to get in some workouts since. Vic Fangio informed us that limited could be anything from individual workouts, to modest team stuff. Carrier suffered a foot injury against Washington and sat out all three practices this past week. Given the quick turnaround before last Thursday, it was probably not surprising.
Fooch's Update: Completely forgot the 49ers placed Carrier on IR and he is done for the year
Over the weekend, the 49ers activated Garrett Celek off the PUP list, and promoted Asante Cleveland from the practice squad. If Cleveland remains on the roster into Wednesday, it would seem to not bode well for at least one of the two tight ends.
Glenn Dorsey, DT, arm: He went through the full 21-day practice window, and now has two full weeks of practice under his belt. There was a report a week ago that he might be a few weeks away from returning. Two Thursdays ago, Vic Fangio said Dorsey was in a similar state as his last week in the practice window. He did not mention anything this past week when he met with the media on Tuesday. We'll see what this coming week's practice reports bring.
Tramaine Brock, CB, hamstring: The 49ers continue to wait for Tramaine Brock to get back on the practice field. He sat out all three practices, and his status remains a question mark. Of course, the 49ers secondary is playing fairly well without him, so it is not exactly a huge rush to get him back. Well, minus the whole, "they extended him to be a starter" deal.
Bruce Ellington, WR, ankle: The 49ers return man and occasional wide receiver sat out Monday's practice, but was back for Tuesday and Wednesday before being inactive on Thursday. The return to limited practice is a good sign, and my guess is he will be back in the lineup this weekend. The 49ers return units have struggled much of the season. Ellington is a work in progress much of the season, and it would be nice to get him back out there to continue working on the return side of his game.
NaVorro Bowman, LB, knee: He is entering the final week of his 21-day practice window. The 49ers have until December 9 to decide whether to activate him or shut him down for the season. I do not expect him to practice this week, but you never know what kind of progress he has made.