Good morning sports fans, and a good evening to our friends across the ponds. The 49ers play an afternoon game at home today, which may be, not to put the cart before the horse, the most winnable game of the season. Of course, injuries have been the unfortunate headline dominating the 49ers’ 2018 season, and the trend doesn’t seem to be letting up leading into today’s game.
Although there has been only one late addition to the injury report (Jimmie Ward dealing with a hamstring injury), the list of players designated as “questionable” is still a mile long. Notably, the Wednesday injury report listed tackles Mike McGlinchey (knee) and Joe Staley (knee), as well as center Weston Richburg (knee), as injured, and there were some questions surrounding the likelihood of recovery by Sunday. Although all three are still “questionable” for the game, the trio participated fully on Friday’s practice, which provides some reason to be optimistic that they’ll be able to perform. Furthermore, guards Joshua Garnett (toe) and Mike Person (knee), who were also listed as questionable, have been removed from the injured list. It seems likely at this point that the team will not be forced to roll with a full complement of backup linemen (outside of Laken Tomlinson, the lone healthy OL) starting today.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case along the rest of the roster. Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) has been limited in practice, which is a reassuring sign after immediate hot takes assumed he’d be out for a month or more. Jimmie Ward, however, did not practice on Friday, and the pair are listed as questionable. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them both suited up, but planted firmly on the sidelines.
The offensive skill group is still hurting, as Dante Pettis (knee) is out for sure, and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring & quad) remains questionable after limited practice. Matt Breida (shoulder) remains questionable as well. If either Goodwin or Breida are unable to go, this game will surely become much more tightly contested, and in a hurry. Let’s hope these guys wake up feeling healthy and refreshed, because we sure could use their help in getting our second win of the season ~ Go Niners!
Injury report heading into Sunday || Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area
George Kittle garnering national attention || Wagoner, ESPN