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Richard Sherman says calf injury is a couple weeks issue

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The 49ers secondary faces a large, physical group of wide receivers in Week 4.

The San Francisco 49ers will likely be without cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, but anything after that is up in the air. Sherman met with the media on Thursday and said, “I strained my calf in the game. It’s much as if you strain anything else. It’s a couple weeks and I’ll be back out there.” He said he will probably be missing this weekend, but did not think missing anything beyond that was a certainty yet.

The media inquired about whether or not the injury is related to his Achilles injury. Sherman said it is not relate to that, but the rust of not playing for the past eight months.

“It just makes it an easy story for you guys. It makes it lazy reporting. It’s just me not playing in eight months, and getting back out there, and going through the trials and tribulations of the season, the wear and tear of football, and taking all these reps after not taking them for eight months. Your body gotta get used to doing it again.”

The 49ers will be sending out Jimmie Ward and Ahkello Witherspoon on Sunday against a wide receiver corps that includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin. These guys are no slouches getting down the field by any stretch, but this is more about size than speed compared to last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have gone for more physical cornerbacks, and Sunday will present a different kind of challenge from last week, but still critically important.