It was a crazy busy day of news on Monday with the San Francisco 49ers acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade with the New England Patriots. However, there is a lot of injury related news following Sunday’s thumping in Philadelphia.
In addition to the news that the San Francisco 49ers are placing free safety Jimmie Ward and offensive tackle Garry Gilliam on injured reserve, the team also provided injury updates for linebacker Reuben Foster, left tackle Joe Staley, defensive end Solomon Thomas and others.
First, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Foster was dealing with back spasms prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which is why he was inactive. He says he expects and hopes Foster will be good to go against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9.
He also said that he didn’t think Staley needed to go on injured reserve, but that he likely wouldn’t be back until after the bye week, putting his return on Nov. 26 against the Seattle Seahawks. It was also confirmed that Thomas will miss two-to-three weeks with an MCL sprain, which would also have him returning after the bye week.
Shanahan said he didn’t have a good answer for who would be starting at left tackle and said he might know more “in 24 hours.”
Other injury updates included the hope that nickel corner K’Waun Williams is back for the Cardinals game, and the update that running back Matt Breida is questionable for said game. Finally, he suggested that wide receiver Pierre Garcon is questionable for this week with his injury.
There were no injury updates on right tackle Trent Brown, who missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a concussion.
The 49ers are expected to bring in offensive linemen and secondary options for workouts on Tuesday. The team returns to practice on Wednesday.