The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of bigger news to deal with, but they do have a game against the San Diego Chargers this weekend, and that means there will be injury reports. The 49ers and Chargers released their first official practice participation reports. They both practiced on Tuesday, but were not required to release a report.
The 49ers had nine players sit out practice for a variety of ailments. Since they did not release a Tuesday injury report, it is difficult to assess what some of these names mean exactly. Thursday's final injury report will give us a better handle on the situation. We can be pretty certain that Carlos Hyde will not play on Saturday, and it is a safe bet that Frank Gore sits out the game as well. Vic Fangio has said Chris Borland is unlikely to play, so we can probably count him out as well.
Stevie Johnson is probably out too, having told the press he initially injured his knee against Denver, but is still dealing with it. That would explain Brandon Lloyd's extra work in his place to some extent. Johnson's season started out solidly enough, but it has turned into kind of a lost year. He is signed through 2016, and the 49ers have plenty of question marks at the wide receiver position heading into the offseason.
On the Chargers side of things, Philip Rivers is dealing with chest and back issues, but all expectations are that he will play. He once played a game with a torn ACL, so I think we can safely assume he plays on Sunday.
49ers injury report
Chargers injury report
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