San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon to provide a few injury updates. Shanahan said linebacker Kwon Alexander has a possible high-ankle sprain. I rewatched the game, and Alexander only missed one snap. I’m not sure when the injury took place, but that’s a big blow as Alexander was starting to come into his own these last two games and look like the linebacker from the beginning of the 2019 season. If Alexander did suffer a high-ankle sprain, he’d be out 4-6 weeks. That means Dre Greenlaw will start, and Azeez Al-Shaair would slide back into the SAM linebacker role. The team doesn’t know the severity of Alexander’s injury yet. They’ll know more later this week.
D.J. Jones had an eye injury. He was poked in the eye, but he did return to the game. Shanahan said Jones would return to practice this week. That’s good, as Jones played well against the Dolphins, and has, in general, this season.
Shanahan said that he expects Jimmy Garoppolo to practice this week and hopes he returns against the Rams on Sunday night. Shanahan said Garoppolo came in “good,” but expects Jimmy to be the same or better by Wednesday’s practice. Garoppolo has the usual soreness, and the team will know no more about his status on Wednesday.
Shanahan said that Richard Sherman had “some setbacks” last week, and the 49ers are not counting on their star cornerback to return this week against the Rams. Sherman will receive a few shots to reduce the inflammation to his injured calf. Shanahan remains optimistic that Emmanuel Moseley would be cleared from the concussion protocol this week and return next Sunday night. Having Moseley on the field would be a significant boost.
Shanahan came off frustrated on Monday. He said that three of the five sacks the 49ers gave up were due to miscommunication. He added that it’s tough to get much done when you have six drops, go 2/10 on third down, and 0/2 on fourth down. The execution was awful on Sunday, and Shanahan did not shy away from that fact.