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Jimmie Ward remains limited in practice, 49ers hope to have him vs. Seahawks

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The 49ers will look to increase Ward’s workload in practice this week.

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The San Francisco 49ers will return to the practice field this afternoon, and free safety Jimmie Ward will remain limited in his workouts. Head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media on Wednesday, and said they will get him more work. They expect him to be better this week than last week, and the hope is he can go on Sunday vs. the Seattle Seahawks, but he will remain listed as limited.

The 49ers had three players on their injury report last week: Ward (hamstring), George Kittle (hamstring), and Aaron Lynch (back). Kittle played most of the offensive snaps and seemed fine, while Lynch was a DNP in what Shanahan later described as a coaches’ decision.

Jaquiski Tartt got the start in place of Ward against the Carolina Panthers, and was all over the place. He had a huge blown tackle that led to the Panthers first touchdown. He had an ugly penalty that was a serious mental mistake. On the other hand, he made a huge interception that saw him make his way far across the field to snatch a Cam Newton pass that likely would have been a touchdown.

At some point Ward will return, but even if he is available this Sunday, I would be surprised if he got into the starting lineup right away. This past week, Tartt got the start, and Lorenzo Jerome came on in sub package situations. I imagine things will stay the same this week.