The 49ers have the day off from practice Tuesday before returning Wednesday. At 9:30 a.m. PT Wednesday morning, DeForest Buckner will hold a conference call with the Bay Area media.
“More than two weeks after injuring his calf and exiting in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has returned to practice.”
“The Colts are uncertain if either player will be available for their Sunday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers. They will continue to assess Hilton and Nelson’s injuries throughout the week.”
“The 49ers opened the Monday after their bye week with a series of moves on their active roster and their practice squad as they tune up for a 12-game stretch to close the year.”
“When you look at the pros and cons and where we’re sitting today, our list of wrongs is not that long. I know a lot of teams have a lot of things going on right now, but us, it’s nothing we can’t handle. We’re not waiting for someone to walk through the door. We have all the talent we need in house. We just have to put it all together on Sunday and not just win the stats, but win where it counts, which is points on the board.”
‘“Couldn’t keep everyone,” Ward said. “Well, maybe. I don’t know. Probably could have made it work somehow. The Rams keep doing it. I don’t know how. You know where they’re getting all this money from? But I don’t know. It’s the business side of it.”’
Added Ward of Buckner: “He was unique in some of the stuff he did, how aggressive he was in his mindset. And the players that we’ve got now, they’re the same type of players, but they’re them. You can’t be Buck, you know? He’s a totally different person. He thinks different. He’s built different. So, I feel like John [Lynch] and Kyle did a great job in replacing him ... but at the end of the day, he’s still Buck.”
When he’s playing well, he’s an excellent run defender on the edge and a very effective interior pass rusher. That versatility was part of the reason the 49ers gave him a five-year deal worth $85 million last offseason. He’s supposed to impact games as a pass rusher, and San Francisco’s defensive line is dependent on his play up front. When he’s not playing well, the entire line suffers. When he’s making regular appointments in the opponent’s backfield, the 49ers defense looks like a playoff-caliber unit.