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49ers getting relatively healthy at the right time

It’s hard to say the San Francisco 49ers are “healthy” in the bigger picture sense considering Jerick McKinnon is done for the year. However, that aside, the team is getting healthy at the right time.

The 49ers released their Thursday practice participation report, and swing tackle Garry Gilliam and reserve cornerback Jimmie Ward were both upgraded from limited to full. Malcolm Smith remained limited, but defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was optimistic he would be good to go on Sunday.

Erik Magnuson remains sidelined rehabbing his hamstring injury, but the rest of the current 53-man roster is mostly healthy. I’d prefer Jerick McKinnon be part of this group, but otherwise, things are moving in the right direction heading into Week 1. If they can avoid any significant injuries in the first two weeks, the return of Reuben Foster will give the team even more to build on. Again, things aren’t perfect on the injury front, but given the context, it’s not too bad.

49ers Thursday practice participation report

DNP: OL Erik Magnuson (hamstring)
Limited: LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
Full: OT Garry Gilliam (concussion), S Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

Vikings Wednesday practice participation report

DNP: RB Roc Thomas (ankle)
Limited: C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder), T Riley Reiff (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle)
Full: WR Stacy Coley (groin), CB Marcus Sherels (hamstring)