The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first practice of the week in preparation for the Indianapolis Colts, and there is some good news. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin suffered a concussion this past Sunday, but was cleared for football activities. He still needs to be cleared for contact, but this is a step in the right direction.
Goodwin’s concussion came in a fairly under-the-radar play. The injury was announced out of nowhere, and head coach Kyle Shanahan offered an explanation.
“No, he thinks it happened on the play where it went to him. The one that he caught on the sideline. It doesn’t look big, so that’s why it wasn’t real obvious, but if you slow it down, he did land a little bit on his head and to the ground. That’s where he thinks it happened. He didn’t notice it right away and he stayed in for about four more plays, I think. Then he came to the sidelines and started feeling some stuff, so he talked to them and then they got him right away to evaluate him. Then it got stronger as they were evaluating him, so they shut him down.”
This is the fourth concussion Goodwin has suffered since the beginning of the 2016 season. Shanahan knows that and recognizes the need to handle things delicately. At the same time, everyone knows the procedure in place and how to handle it.
“I think we handle that situation as delicate as you possibly can. I think we all know how serious those things are, and I think whether you have one or whether you have a lot, we still handle them all as delicately as you could. I don’t think you could handle it any harder or give any more effort than you do. I think everyone knows how serious those things are and you’ve got to look into everything. That’s why we go through a protocol. There’s a lot of steps into coming back. That’s what Marquise is in now. He’s had it happen to him a few times, so I think he understands the process and how it goes. I was very glad our guys recognized it quick. Marquise communicated fast and they got him out of that game early. Hopefully he’ll recover this week, you never know.”
If Goodwin continues to progress, he would be back out there starting on Sunday against Indianapolis. If he does not, Aldrick Robinson would likely replace him opposite Pierre Garçon. Robinson did so this past week, and was Brian Hoyer’s top target. However, the two struggled to connect, and hopefully are working on that in practice this week.
49ers practice participation report
DNP: LB Navorro Bowman (not injury related), S Adrian Colbert (hamstring), DE Elvis Dumervil (not injury related), LB Reuben Foster (ankle), S Eric Reid (knee), T Joe Staley (not injury related), LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
Limited: RB Matt Breida (ankle), WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion), RB Carlos Hyde (hip)
Full: DE Pita Taumoepenu (ankle)