The 49ers returned to the practice field Wednesday but were without a few key players. Here’s the injury report from practice:
Did not participate:
DT Javon Kinlaw (knee)
CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee)
LB Dre Greenlaw (groin)
DL Arik Armstead (hip/adductor)
DE Dee Ford (ankle)
LB Marcell Harris (oblique)
Kyle Shanahan said the team is being cautious with Armstead, and he expects him to suit up Sunday for the Eagles game. Armstead’s hip tightened up the last couple of days, and the 49ers aren’t taking any chances. “I’d be surprised if he didn’t play on Sunday,” were Shanahan’s exact words.
There was no Moseley or Kinlaw is not a good sign. Kinlaw being out showed up the most in the Lions running game. Zach Kerr was getting driven out of his gap time after time, and the linebackers didn’t have the luxury to run untouched, and it showed.
Here’s Shanahan on whether Kinlaw’s injury will be managed all year:
We’re not sure. That’s why we’re trying to take it slow with him. And when we have, it’s gotten better. So, you have got to see how that continues to react. I think we’ll be easy with him today. I think if it continues to go well today, he’ll get out there more tomorrow. When he hurts his knee in Dallas last year, it was a pretty bad injury that he ended up going on IR for. He got it cleaned up but it still hasn’t healed quite as right as we want. When he’s gone, it’s started to affect him. So, hopefully taking it easy these last 10 days or so it will start to get better and we’ll see how it goes day-to-day.
If Moseley cannot go, we’re looking at Deommodore Lenoir and one of Dontae Johnson, Josh Norman, or Dre Kirkpatrick. Gulp. The Eagles have plenty of speed, and I can see them testing the Niners early and often.
Shanahan explained why Brandon Aiyuk didn’t play as much as Trent Sherfield:
“Trent’s been a hell of a football player since he’s been here. Aiyuk’s been a little inconsistent because he’s been in and out with the injury.
That’s what we felt was the best chance for us this week. These three days are important in practice; how we balance out our game plan, how do we balance out our routes.
I’m happy with Aiyuk. It’s nothing against Aiyuk, I’m just also happy with Trent too. If he wants to be out there and play every single play, he’s got to be a lot better than the guy behind him.”
That sounds like Aiyuk’s being challenged by his head coach. We’ll see if he responds.