San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media and addressed some of the team’s injuries. Shanahan said that if the players didn’t want to practice on Thursday, he would have had no issue canceling, but none brought it to his attention. His statement was related to other teams and leagues postponing or canceling their practices and games due to police brutality. Shanahan spoke about how he always leaves those decisions up to the players.
Kyle said there had been ongoing discussions about systematic racism since the murder of George Floyd. When asked if the 49ers talk about it, Shanahan called what’s going on common sense and said, “we all know each other, we all know how we feel, what are we supposed to talk about?”
Kyle Juszczyk sat out of practice on Wednesday. Shanahan said he’s week-to-week with a hamstring strain. Missing Juice for any period would be a brutal blow for the offense. He allows the team to excel in 21 personnel. Jusczyk has accounted for 30.4% of receptions and 37% of receiving yards among running backs on the 49ers over the past three years.
George Kittle had a tight hamstring at the end of Wednesday’s practice. It checked out all right, but the team played it safe pulled him out the final 30 minutes. Go ahead and have a seat on the bench and rest up until September 13, 85.
Ross Dwelley is still day-to-day with a foot injury, though Shanahan said the team is optimistic he’ll return soon.
Ross Reynolds was carted off the field during Saturday’s practice after getting rolled up on during team drills. Shanahan said it was a bone bruise, and Reynolds will be able to recover. No tears or breaks, which is good news. Kyle said, “it’s going to be a lot better than it looked out there at the time.”
It didn’t sound like Ben Garland would be returning any time soon. Shanahan said Garland’s ankle injury is worse than others, though he’s looking good working on the side.