San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan provided some injury updates Tuesday afternoon. Edge rusher Ronald Blair has torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. That’s a big blow for the defense. The 49ers have thrived all season due to depth on the defensive line. You’d be hard-pressed to find a backup that has been as productive as Blair. Kentavius Street is eligible to return from IR, but he’s not Blair. Shanahan said the 49ers would workout a defensive line, as he referenced Street being more of an “inside guy.” Perhaps the team will bring back Damontre Moore, who is flying in for a workout.
Joe Staley has a finger fracture and will get a second opinion, but could require surgery. If surgery is necessary for Staley’s fracture/dislocated finger, he could miss a couple of weeks.
Emmanuel Sanders MRI came back with good news. His rib injury won’t require Sanders to miss an extended period. Sanders is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision against the Cardinals this Sunday. His injury is a “rib cartilage issue.”
Shanahan said George Kittle’s knee/ankle injury is a “much bigger injury” than. Robbie Gould’s quad injury. Shanahan wouldn’t rule out Kittle due to his history. Playing through injuries and playing well. Both he and Gould will be game-time decisions as well.
Shanahan said that Ahkello Witherspoon would start once he returns, but first, he needs to see three strong practices from Spoon in a row. Witherspoon moved well during the pre-game warmup against Seattle. I’d bet he suits up Sunday.
D.J. Jones has a groin injury that will keep him out at least a week.
Other than that, everything is fine!