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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Saturday, January 7th, 2022

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Shanahan provides game statuses, chances of Jimmy Garoppolo playoff return

“While Kyle Shanahan has expressed a belief that it’s counterintuitive to completely rest a team going into the playoffs, he’s said the team will try to strike a balance and will probably do so with anyone on the fringe, like Christian McCaffrey.”

Kawakami: Quick 49ers thoughts on Mike McGlinchey’s future, Brock Purdy’s salary-cap effect and more (paywall)

“So which current 49ers staffers might go with Ryans? I’ve heard that current assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn could leave to be one of Ryans’ top lieutenants, maybe along with another offensive staffer or two. And current safeties coach Daniel Bullocks is another prime candidate to move with Ryans.”

Murph: The 49ers can win the Super Bowl with Brock Purdy

“He loves throwing to George Kittle (five of his 10 TDs to No. 85). And he’s got moxie for days — John Lynch told us this morning on the show that when Purdy missed an open man for a TD in Las Vegas and instead threw a tight-window TD to Kittle, he mollified a stern Kyle Shanahan by giving the international sign for “I’ve got ice water in my veins”, tapping the underside of his forearm. Even Kyle had to chuckle at the audacity, Lynch said.”

49ers might peek at the scoreboard, but they’re focused on beating Arizona (paywall)

“Drake sprinted to the end zone to celebrate his interception as the very large contingent of 49ers fans at Allegiant Stadium roared in approval. Dennis, who coached and trained Drake in Southern California, whistled distinctly. “I heard him whistling on the way while I was running to the end zone,” Drake said Wednesday. “I could tune out the whole crowd and hear his whistle. I can hear my family. I don’t know if any other players can hear their family. But I can hear them screaming.”

49ers set to welcome back Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell for finale

“Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Samuel will have no injury designation and is cleared to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals for the first time since being carted off with injuries to his knee and ankle in a Week 14 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

Lenoir’s confidence continuing to rise as 49ers starter

“When you get a play made on you, I kind of look at Fred first because he’s the leader and the captain of the defense and I don’t want to let him down,” Lenoir said. “I’m kind of like, ‘Ok next play, I have to make a play.’ That’s how my process is. I really look at everybody, but it’s like I owe them one.”

49ers’ John Lynch expects Deebo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell to play vs. Cardinals, provides updates on Dre Greenlaw, Christian McCaffrey

“The thing we’ve seen from Elijah in the past, he’s a natural runner, so he can shake rust off in a hurry,” Lynch said. “There really is no rust with him. He can go in a game and produce at a high level. We’ve been doing a great job, our rehab folks, of getting him up to speed. His conditioning level is high.