The 49ers will be without Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and K’Waun Williams today. Each of those three are key starters. Trey Lance will take Jimmy’s spot. There’s no replacing Kittle, while Dontae Johnson has primarily played in the slot in Williams’ absence.
Javon Kinlaw and Samson Ebukam were questionable heading into this game. Kinlaw has battled a knee injury dating back to training camp, but he practiced Friday. The good news is Elijah Mitchell and Josh Norman are both active and should potentially start.
The 49ers promoted Travis Benjamin on Saturday from the practice squad. Benjamin should take Trenton Cannon’s spot as the kick returner. Benjamin also has punt returning experience if the 49ers want Brandon Aiyuk’s focus to remain on offense. Benjamin could also serve as a deep threat for San Francisco.
TE Tanner Hudson will take Kittle’s place, though he’s unlikely to play on offense. Hudson will wear No. 84. Nate Sudfeld is the backup quarterback. Kicker Joey Slye is in for Robbie Gould and will wear No. 14.
Here’s a look at the inactives for today:
QB Jimmy Garoppolo
CB K’Waun Williams
WR Jauan Jennings
G Aaron Banks
DT Zach Kerr
CB Buster Skrine
CB Ambry Thomas