The San Francisco 49ers could be welcoming back a big piece of their secondary. Cornerback Richard Sherman is dealing with a calf injury, but is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
Sherman suffered his calf injury in Week 3, and sat out last week against the Chargers. He was a DNP this past Wednesday, and then listed as limited on Thursday and Friday. He was listed as questionable, and I suspect the team will make their final decision after pre-game workouts.
Sherman has been the 49ers most consistent cornerback, bouncing back impressively from his 2017 Achilles tear. He said the calf injury is not connected to it, but lower leg injuries are going to keep us at least a little bit wary.
For now, Sherman is good to go and might have a busy day against Arizona. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk lead Arizona in receptions and yards, and Sherman is going to get at least some time against one or both of these guys.
If Sherman does start, the question then is who plays opposite him. Ahkello Witherspoon opened the season as the starter opposite him, but has been replaced at times by Jimmie Ward. Additionally, Greg Mabin has impressed and is expected to get some work on Sunday. We might see a three-person platoon opposite Sherman.