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Shanahan on Deebo’s return: We’re hoping for Week 1, but not counting on it

Shanahan also said he wasn’t worried about Armstead’s back injury, but the team will be cautious and hold him out for the next few practices

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The San Francisco 49ers just finished their first practice of the 2020 season, and we are halfway through August. Unlike in the past, the media cannot get a close-up view of practice or meet with the players and coaches after practice is over.

The 49ers waived TE Daniel Helm and WR Chris Thompson to make room for the signings of wideouts J.J. Nelson and Tavon Austin.

Kyle Shanahan said he wasn’t worried about Armstead’s back injury, but the team will be cautious and hold him out for the next few practices. Shanahan also said that he’s not counting on Deebo Samuel for Week 1, though the team is hoping Samuel can return. Here is Shanahan’s full quote:

“The way I kind of see it in my mind. I think we’re hoping for Week 1, but not counting on it. But I think that’s kind of the area that these injuries usually heal by. But a lot of it has to do with are you ready to play, is it fully healed by that time, are you in football shape?

Deebo’s going to do everything he can to be in shape, but it’s hard to be in football shape until you can play football. So, how many practices do we get him in here before Arizona? That’s going to all go into play, but I’m hoping for Week 1 but not sure yet. It’s a little too early.”

Shanahan said that signing both Austin and Nelson wasn’t just related to Samuel’s injury. He said the team needed “more legs” at receiver, especially as the team eases Jalen Hurd back at practice.

Shanahan also said that there WILL linebacker isn’t an open competition. He said that it’s Kwon Alexander’s job to lose, but “no position is set in stone.”