The San Francisco 49ers will release their final injury report in the next couple hours, but we have some early information, courtesy of Jim Tomsula's Friday press conference. Tomsula said that Carlos Hyde and Michael Wilhoite will not travel with the team to Cleveland, which means they will be listed as out on the report. Neither is surprising. Tomsula has not been optimistic with his comments about Hyde, and Wilhoite said he had a high ankle sprain, which usually results in a multi-week absence.
Vance McDonald and Aaron Lynch are currently in the concussion protocol, which leaves their availability in question. The team is at practice right now, and according to the beat writers, Lynch is practicing in a non-contact jersey, while McDonald is not taking part in practice.
From that news, my guess is Lynch will be listed as questionable, and McDonald will be listed as doubtful or out on the final injury report. If that is the case, the team will promote at least one tight end from the practice squad. Brian Leonhardt has spent the most time on the practice squad, and is the most likely candidate for promotion.
And if the 49ers do need an extra tight end, they have some defensive players who seemingly could get an opportunity or two:
Jim Tomsula said Tony Jerod-Eddie and Quinton Dial got reps at TE in offseason program. TJE this week joked he’s the best TE on the roster.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) December 11, 2015