San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke about the team’s injuries Tuesday afternoon. Running back Tevin Coleman will be out for “a little bit of time,” and the team will likely promote running back Austin Walter in his place. Thursday night against the Packers, San Francisco’s running backs will be Walter, JaMycal Hasty, and Jerick McKinnon. We’ll find out about the theory that you can plug any runner into Shanahan’s system.
Tight end Jordan Reed will practice today, though he’ll be limited. I’d guess there’s a good chance we see Reed Thursday night. Speaking of tight ends, George Kittle told Shanahan he’d only miss two weeks because “that’s how he rolls.” Shanahan confirmed Kittle’s foot fracture and said he’d miss eight weeks.
Shanahan said that Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a “whole new injury” Sunday, and this high-ankle sprain is “worse than the last one.” Kyle added that if Jimmy doesn’t need surgery, he could return within six weeks. If he does, Jimmy G will miss the rest of the season. Shanahan was asked to evaluate Garoppolo and said he has a good idea of what Jimmy can do and said that he gives the team the best chance to win. Shanahan also said he felt for Jimmy because he’ll only get better by playing more.
Shanahan had an opportunity to say, “Jimmy is our starter moving forward,” or something along those lines, but did not say anything. That stood out to me more than anything. Shanahan said the team would do what’s best for Garoppolo’s future as far as deciding if he needs surgery or not.
The Sacramento Bee’s Chris Biderman said that Dante Pettis had a shoulder stinger and he’s expected to play Thursday. Shanahan did not mention Pettis this afternoon.
As for the injury report, Reed, Jaquiski Tartt, and Richie James Jr. will be limited during Tuesday’s practice. The following players have been ruled out for Thursday night:
Jimmy Garoppolo (will go on IR)
George Kittle (will go on IR)
Tevin Coleman (knee)
Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring)