For the next few hours we can at least breathe a sigh of relief. It’s not the greatest outcome, but 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s injury is a knee sprain. This came in his post game press conference, so we should get more confirmation this week on the severity and how long he’s out.
For now though, it could be worse. When Jimmy Garoppolo went down in Week 3, Shanahan told everyone moments after the game that they feared it was an ACL. That is not the case here. Two words is far much better than three letters.
Beside Juszczyk, the 49ers escaped from Monday Night Football with little injury issues. We’ll have to wait and see what the extent of this injury is—they aren’t out of the fire yet. But the fact they aren’t fearing an ACL tear is a good sign.
This does not mean we’ll see Juszczyk on the field next week. Knee sprains can take up to 12 weeks to heal depending on the grade. If it’s grade three, he’ll be out three-four months. Grade one is a few weeks.
The loss of Juszczyk is going to hurt as he makes the run game work with stellar blocking and is a great pass catcher as well. If he isn’t ready to go next week the 49ers will have a huge vacancy to fill.
Per Matt Barrows, Juszczyk himself does not believe this is an ACL tear. Barrows noted that while Juszczyk is walking on the leg, he is wearing a brace. ACL would be much worse. This team doesn’t need another one of those. Shanahan says we’ll know more Tuesday.