The San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmie Ward to a forearm injury in Week 8, and after the game, Kyle Shanahan said the x-ray showed a fractured forearm. Shanahan did not have specifics on the bone fractured or a timeline, but knew it was some kind of fracture.
Rookie safety Adrian Colbert took Ward’s place after the injury. Colbert might continue in the role, but I am curious to see if something happens with Eric Reid. The 49ers moved Reid to linebacker, and needed him there with Reuben Foster inactive due to his rib injury. If Foster returns next week, do the 49ers potentially move Jaquiski Tartt to free safety and Reid to strong safety? Or so they stick with Colbert and Tartt?
The 49ers return to Santa Clara tonight, and Kyle Shanahan will be back to meet the media Monday afternoon. He’ll likely be able to provide a better timeline then. I imagine four-to-six weeks would be on the optimistic side, but we don’t know the specifics of the fracture yet. We’ll find out more in the next day or two.