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49ers-Chargers injury report: Whole bunch of players sidelined

The 49ers and Chargers released their Wednesday practice participation reports for their Week 16 matchup. Here are the full lists.

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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

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Chris Borland LB ankle DNP
Tramaine Brock CB hamstring DNP
Ahmad Brooks LB thumb DNP
Perrish Cox CB ankle Limited
Michael Crabtree WR knee DNP
Chris Culliver CB knee Limited
Anthony Davis OT concussion Limited
Quinton Dial DT knee Limited
Frank Gore RB concussion DNP
Carlos Hyde RB ankle DNP
Tony Jerod-Eddie DT foot Limited
Stevie Johnson WR knee DNP
Marcus Martin CB knee Full
Kyle Nelson LS back Full
Justin Smith DT back DNP
Raymond Ventrone S groin Limited
Michael Wilhoite LB hip DNP

Chargers injury report

Player Pos. Injury Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Keenan Allen WR collarbone/ankle DNP
Ryan Carrethers DT elbow Full
Ladarius Green TE ankle/concussion DNP
Corey Liuget DT ankle DNP
Ryan Mathews RB ankle DNP
Philip Rivers QB chest/back DNP
Mike Scifres P shoulder 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