San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media Monday afternoon to provide a few injury updates, and the news was not positive. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. is headed to the injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain. He’ll miss at least the next three games. With Raheem Mostert still on the IR, the 49ers are down to two healthy runners in Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty. The Niners will have to sign another running back. Wilson is expected to miss about a month.
Shanahan said that Tevin Coleman has a chance to get back on the practice field this week, but “I think that will be a late-end of the week decision.” I’ll be curious to see if Coleman tries to push harder to play now that the Niners are down to two running backs.
Shanahan said that Deebo Samuel has a hamstring strain and would miss the next two weeks, at least. There was no mention of Samuel going on the injured reserve, but that doesn’t seem likely. The 49ers face the Seahawks Sunday, then turn around and face the Packers on a short week the following Thursday. After that, the Niners have a “mini-bye,” which should allow Samuel to return to the lineup. Hopefully, the 49ers have a few other plays back by then.
Richie James is day-to-day with an ankle sprain. Shanahan said he has confidence in Trent Taylor as the “next man up” and feels like Kendrick Bourne has played at a high level dating back to last season. The stakes are a bit higher now for Bourne if he’s going to be relied on as the third option in the passing game as opposed to the fourth. This is where missing a player like Jordan Reed hurts.
Shanahan is hopeful that Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward return this week, but the team will have a better idea towards the end of the week. There were no new updates on either safety besides that. He called the safeties the “goon squad” because they fly around and hit hard.