Fooch’s update: Matt Maiocco offered this update on Breida.
Source: Tests on RB Matt Breida’s shoulder came back “all good.” As a precaution, the #49ers will keep him out of contact drills and the next two preseason games (most likely, all three remaining) to ensure he is back available for Week 1 of the regular season vs. the Vikings.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) August 10, 2018
The San Francisco 49ers suffered a host of injuries in their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but they appear to be avoiding anything too bad at this point. Earlier today, Matt Maiocco and Ian Rapoport reported that George Kittle’s shoulder injury is not as bad as feared, and he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.
Now, we are hearing that Matt Breida’s own shoulder injury, also suffered early in Thursday’s game, is not too bad. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting there is no structural damage and the hope is rest will have Breida ready for Week 1.
#49ers RB Matt Breida’s MRI showed no structural damage in the shoulder he injured Thursday and the team is hopeful he can rest and be ready for Week 1, per @RapSheet and me. Could practice soon with no contact. Appears they dodged a bullet.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 10, 2018
We still don’t have word on Malcolm Smith’s injury, and we know that Solomon Thomas and Garry Gilliam are in the concussion protocol. With a month until the start of the regular season, that bodes well for their chances of returning for Week 1.
We can breathe a sigh of relief, but shoulder injuries are still concerning. Both Kittle and Breida are going to take shots to the shoulder this season, so there remains concern that the injuries could flare up. They could end up fine the rest of the year, but that will be something to track once they return to action. Kittle, in particular, dealt with a host of injuries last year, so hopefully he can avoid that this year.