San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed what many had feared after Sunday’s win over the Saints. Center Weston Richburg will miss the rest of the season with a torn patella tendon. Ben Garland will replace Richburg in the lineup. Richburg has allowed one sack all season. His ability to pick up blitzers and win in pass protection will be challenging to replace. The center makes all the protection calls in this offense, so Garland will have his hands full.
Dee Ford re-aggravated his hamstring strain and will be out last least three weeks. Shanahan said Ford “will be out longer than last time.” There’s a strong possibility we don’t see Ford again until the playoffs, and I feel like the majority of us are okay with that.
D.J. Jones has a sprained ankle, and Shanahan wasn’t certain how much time he’ll miss. Jones has been fantastic and when he’s not on the field.
K’Waun Williams is in the concussion protocol. He’ll need to be cleared before he can return to practice. Jaquiski Tartt will also be monitored this week. Tartt is working his way back from a rib injury. We saw the value of Tartt on Sunday for this 49ers secondary. As mentioned previously, cornerback Richard Sherman has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will miss a couple of weeks.
Dante Pettis should practice this week. Marquise Goodwin has a chronic knee/ankle they are evaluating treatment options. There was no update on his status.