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Injury updates: Shanahan said CB Ahkello Witherspoon had a setback

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The 49ers head coach provided updates on

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon to provide a couple of injury and status updates on the team. Shanahan said that CB Ahkello Witherspoon and OT Joe Staley have an outside chance at playing next Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Witherspoon had a minor setback last week. While there’s still a chance Witherspoon could return Sunday, Shanahan isn’t as hopeful as he was last week. Staley will try and practice this week. The 49ers play a week from Thursday, so resting two starts those extra few days would make more sense.

Long snapper Kyle Nelson 10-game suspension is now over. Shanahan said Nelson would practice this week. So now we have a long snapper competition in San Francisco. Shanahan said that practice would determine if it’s Nelson or Garrison Sanborn. Robbie Gould mentioned that Nelson’s return could help him:

“You know, two-thirds of our operation hasn’t been around. And you’re going back and teaching yourself different things and going through different situations, where those situations were pretty easy in the last two years. It’s been a growing experience for me. I think it’s definitely been an experience where I can take the first six weeks and it’ll help me down the stretch, for sure.”

Gould has missed more kicks this season than he has in his 15-year career.

Shanahan said that Matt Breida and Marquise goodwin both passed concussion protocol and will return to practice this week. Deebo Samuel is also expected to return from a groin injury.

Speaking of receivers, Shanahan was asked about being in the market for a receiver, to which Shanahan said, “There are guys in our building. I think the answers are here. We’re still holding out hope for Jalen and Taylor. Something tells me this won’t be the last time we talk about that quote.