The San Francisco 49ers might have dodged a bullet with regard to cornerback Jimmie Ward. The team announced that he suffered a quadricep strain in Week 3, and is week-to-week. Ward went down with a non-contact injury on special teams against the Seattle Seahawks. It looked bad as he was helped off the field by two trainers, but this diagnosis would be a plus for the time being.
Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil would not confirm Ward would miss Week 4, saying he would be limited to start the week, and they would go from there. However, odds are pretty good we won’t see Ward playing on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Keith Reaser took over for Ward after the injury, getting more work than Rashard Robinson. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said Reaser got the nod because he looked better in practice. He said the previous week, Robinson had looked better in practice, and thus got more work. And so, we’ll wait and see what the starting lineup looks like when the 49ers take the field this Sunday.
O’Neil also specified Reaser and Robinson were the primary competitors, which would seem to suggest Dontae Johnson is firmly entrenched in an exclusively special teams role. Johnson played two defensive snaps and 28 special teams snaps on Sunday.