San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media Friday afternoon and provided the injury report for Sunday’s game against the Saints:
WR Deebo Samuel
DB K’Waun Williams
RB Tevin Coleman
LB Demetrius Flannigan Fowles
WR River Cracraft
WR Trent Taylor
Richard Sherman has been ruled out as well. Shanahan said that Sherm practiced all three days and looked good, but it would be “pushing it” for him to play this week, and Shanahan said that’s not the smart way to handle Sherman’s injury. Kyle’s expecting Sherman, Coleman, and Raheem Mostert to return after the bye week.
With Cracraft and Taylor questionable, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, and Brandon Aiyuk are the only healthy wideouts available on offense. Shanahan spoke about how continuity is a big deal, especially at “F.” The 49ers have been forced to shuffle receivers in and out with injuries, so they haven’t been able to build that continuity. Taylor was a full participant in practice the last two days, which should be a good sign for his status Sunday. Cracraft was back at practice Friday after missing Thursday.
Shanahan added that against the Rams this season, after two games in a row where the offense had their receivers healthy, that’s when the offense started to play their best football. He referenced how once Emmanuel Sanders was acquired last season, it allowed Deebo and Bourne to focus on one spot, which helped the 49ers offense take off.
Kyle finished his presser by saying once the team gets healthy after the bye, he expects to go on a run. The team’s confidence currently hinges on getting a bunch of talent back after the bye week. It starts with winning against the Saints this weekend, though.