The San Francisco 49ers returned to the practice field Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for Saturday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. K’Waun Williams was a full go at practice. Getting Williams back will be a boost for the defense in more ways than one. Not only has Williams quietly been one of the better run defenders on the tea, but he’s also been an effective blitzer off the edge. The 49ers pass rush has trended in the wrong direction as of late, so every little bit helps.
Richard Sherman practiced again, as he eased himself back in. Sherman wasn’t going full speed during the portion of practice that was open to the media. It’s worth noting that Sherman said he could have played against Atlanta if he had to. We’ll likely see the veteran rev it up as we get closer to the game so he can test himself.
Still no Jaquiski Tartt. On Tuesday, Kyle Shanahan said that Tartt would try and practice on Wednesday. Tartt is still recovering from fractured ribs that he suffered at the beginning of the month against Baltimore. The recovery time for broken ribs varies, and the pain tolerance for the specific Person is relevant. In most cases, broken ribs usually heal on their own in one or two months. Tartt not being able to practice 18 days later shouldn’t come as a surprise. I’d be surprised if he played these next two games.
Which makes the Niners getting a first-round bye even more important. That early Week 4 bye could mean 14 games in a row if San Francisco has to play in the Wildcard round. Not just physically, but the mental exhaustion has to be taking its toll as well. A week off plus home-field advantage will make life easier on everyone in the 49ers building.
As for the other injuries, Jullian Taylor was doing some conditioning on the side. He didn’t practice, but Week 17 maybe his target, if not the playoffs. Mike Person was limited again with a sore neck. One of the backup tackles Daniel Brunskill or Justin Skule filled in for Person.
Here is some info on Dee Ford’s injury:
From NFL Now: A look at the #49ers injuries heading into this weekend... pic.twitter.com/OHIDzbPisZ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 18, 2019