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Golden Nuggets: Al-Shaair, Mitchell, and Williams Looking Good

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Friday, January 14th, 2022

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San Francisco 49ers expect star LT Trent Williams back vs. Dallas Cowboys

“The elbow is doing good,” Williams said. “It’s made a lot of improvement over the last week or so. I practiced today. I felt pretty good.”

49ers-Cowboys Injury Report: Jimmy Garoppolo full-go; Trent Williams, Elijah Mitchell limited

“The good news for the 49ers is that tackle Trent Williams and running back Elijah Mitchell returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s session. Mitchell played on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, leading the team with 85 rushing yards, which Williams was inactive.”

Transcripts: What Mike McDaniel and DeMeco Ryans said ahead of 49ers-Cowboys

“The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans spoke with reporters after today’s practice. Here is everything they had to say.”

The obvious and under-the-radar moves that propelled 49ers to the playoffs

“There was a host of moves that got the 49ers to where they are this week, but it was the bargains at the back end of the roster that loom ever so large right now.”

49ers’ John Lynch optimistic Azeez Al-Shaair will play vs. Cowboys

“Al-Shaair was inactive the last two games due to a knee injury. He was limited during Thursday’s practice, and Lynch hopes to see Al-Shaair on the field this weekend.”

Throw the ball? OK, but 49ers figure to lean on ‘bully ball’ vs. Cowboys defense (paywall)

“Bully ball? The phrase got the attention of Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons when used by a Dallas-area reporter this week to reference the 49ers offense.”

Thompson: Should the 49ers go after Trevon Diggs, or keep Jimmy Garoppolo away? (paywall)

“Does Shanahan go after Diggs? Or avoid him? Do they expose Garoppolo’s propensity for interceptions by throwing at the league’s interception king, or have Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk prey on Diggs for the yardage he allows?”

Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott take center stage in what’s long been a QB-centric 49ers-Cowboys rivalry (paywall)

“Sure, QB is the most scrutinized position in the majority of games, but this rivalry has managed to intensify that focus. It’s even served as the dramatic backdrop of two of the fiercest quarterback controversies in NFL history.”

Robbers, Zorro, and disguise: What the film and analytics reveal about the Cowboys-49ers matchup (paywall)

“The betting markets suggest that Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers-Dallas Cowboys matchup will be the most competitive game of wild-card weekend... The point spread (Cowboys favored by three) is the smallest of any of the six games. And for good reason. The advanced stats show these are two really good teams that both have Super Bowl ceilings.”