The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice on Tuesday, as they begin preparations to face the Miami Dolphins. The team will not release its first practice participation report until Wednesday, but the media was able to observe who was taking part in what aspects of the early portion of practice.
#49ers not practicing: Quinton Dial, Joe Staley, Jimmie Ward, Eli Harold. Torrey Smith is back in blue non-contact jersey.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) November 22, 2016
Quinton Dial (knee, neck) and left tackle Joe Staley (Cowboy day) also are not practicing for the #49ers today.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 22, 2016
OLB Aaron Lynch (high ankle sprain) isn't limping as dramatically as he was a week ago, but still is not moving well.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 22, 2016
Jimmie Ward is going through the concussion protocol, so it is no surprise he is not practicing on Tuesday. The big thing to track now is whether or not he is wearing a blue non-contact jersey on Wednesday or Thursday. Wearing one does not guarantee he plays on Sunday, but not wearing one either day all but guarantees he will not play on Sunday.
Torrey Smith is wearing the non-contact jersey on Tuesday, which marks the third straight practice he has worn it. Smith injured his shoulder in Week 10. He sat out practice last Tuesday and Wednesday, and then wore the non-contact jersey on Thursday and Friday. The 49ers will release three practice participation reports this week, so we will have to wait and see if he gets in any full practices.
Aaron Lynch has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, and reports last week were that he was pretty gimpy. He had missed practice the week before, and all indications are that last week was just a matter of getting him out there so the trainers could see where things stand. Barrows is reporting he is still a bit gimpy, albeit better than last week. A high ankle sprain can cost a player anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months. My guess is he sits out this weekend against the Dolphins.
We’ll be back tomorrow with the first formal practice participation report of the week.