The San Francisco 49ers released their final injury report for Week 7, and there are no surprises. Shanahan confirmed a few he discussed this morning, including Dante Pettis listed as out, Jimmie Ward listed as doubtful, and Trent Taylor and Pierre Garçon listed as questionable.
Taylor was inactive last week, while Garçon played after missing two practices. My guess is Garçon plays, while Taylor is a game-time decision. The team is conducting a walkthrough on Friday, hoping to save the team’s legs after a quick turnaround from Monday Night Football. That means questionable players will not really know until pre-game work how they are doing for the game.
If Taylor can’t go, we would see a mix in the slot. Last week, Kendrick Bourne and Pierre Garçon spent the most time in the slot, with each getting 12 snaps there. Garçon is likely playing, but if he did not, Richie James might finally get a big opportunity.
The 49ers secondary is dealing with a host of injuries that will leave the group potentially a bit limited. Aside from Ward being doubtful, Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams, and Ahkello Witherspoon are all listed as questionable. Witherspoon is making his way through the concussion protocol, and is making progress, with a limited appearance on Thursday after a DNP on Wednesday. If he does not have concussion symptoms on Sunday, he’ll be playing.
Sherman was listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday, and then a DNP on Friday. It is likely a rest day since it was a walkthrough, but that will be something to monitor on Sunday. For the time being, the plan is for Sherman and Witherspoon to play cornerback, but the pre-game warmups will be worth a watch to see if either has any issues.
49ers final injury report
Out: WR Dante Pettis (knee)
Doubtful: CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)
Questionable: WR Pierre Garçon (shoulder, knee), CB Richard Sherman (calf), WR Trent Taylor (back), CB K’Waun Williams (shoulder), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)
Rams final injury report
Out: WR Cooper Kupp (knee)