We had some technical difficulties for the past three hours so forgive us. Now that we’re back, here are the updates from 49ers practice on Monday.
The 49ers returned to the practice field Monday morning for about an hour practice. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams were on the field after missing time with calf injuries.
Trey Lance (left knee sprain), Javon Kinlaw, and Marcell Harris (thumb fracture) were not present during the portion of practice available to the media. Harris’s injury is likely why the team signed and elevated Mychal Kendricks to the active 53-man roster.
There’s no quarterback controversy if one of them is hurt. Lance not practicing paves the way for Garoppolo to start. If Lance can’t go on Wednesday and Thursday, expect Nate Sudfeld to be Garoppolo’s backup.
Running back, JaMycal Hasty returned to practice with a high-ankle sprain. The 49ers opened Hasty’s practice window. Does Hasty return as the second-string running back and bump Trey Sermon down the depth chart? That remains to be seen. It’s not as if Sermon has the coaching staff's trust, as evidenced by his lone carry in the fourth quarter against the Cardinals.
The 49ers also announced they signed OL Jon Halapio and RB Jacques Patrick to the practice squad and released safety Jared Mayden.
Trent Williams spoke after practice and isn’t panicking:
Of course, we’ve got plenty of time. There’s no panic from us. Get to play our division rivals again and even out the score. We’re not too worried. There’s definitely a need to get a win to end this ‘losing streak,’ but don’t think panic is what we need to do.
Our list of wrongs is not that long … It’s nothing we can’t handle. We’re not waiting for somebody to walk through the door. We got all the talent we need in-house.”
Jimmie Ward is happy to have K’Waun back:
“Dontae did his thing… but KK, to me, is the best nickel in the league… KK can play man, zone coverage; he can blitz.”
That may read as a dig at Johnson, but it’s more of a compliment to Williams and everything he brings to the position.