Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media early Monday afternoon to discuss Sunday night’s win. The 49ers came out of the game healthy, which is excellent news headed into a bye week. If you recall, Jimmie Ward was rolled up on and had to leave the game briefly, but he returned to action shortly after. The only other incident was to Nick Bosa, who had a minor hand wrap. Shanahan said there is no cause for concern there.
Shanahan said he is optimistic and hopeful that both safety Jaquiski Tartt will return from broken ribs, and Dee Ford will return from a hamstring strain after the bye week. Shanahan mentioned how Tartt was very close to playing against Seattle. The team made the correct decision to sit him out—as his long-term value is far more important—even if it’s over the No. 1 seed. Marcell Harris did a fine job subbing in and showed growth as a player, especially in coverage. That said, it’ll be nice to have Tartt back on the field. I’m not sure how much Ford will be able to play, but it’ll be better than what Solomon Thomas and Anthony Zettel. The addition of Ford, even if he plays 29 snaps as Zettle did, would allow Thomas to play inside. It also gives the 49ers their vaunted front four back, just in time for the playoffs.
Shanahan was asked what the chances of linebacker Kwon Alexander returning for the playoffs were, to which the head coach said, “He’s coming along. There definitely won’t be a chance this week, but if we’re fortunate enough to win our first playoff game, there’s a chance he can play in the next game. There you have it; if the 49ers make the NFC Championship game, we could be looking at the same defense that stormed through the NFL the first half of the season. Remember, the reason Alexander can return is his pectoral injury isn’t fully torn. Whenever you’re ready, Kwon.