The San Francisco 49ers have been bombarded with injury news over the past few days, as left tackle Trent Williams, running back Christian McCaffrey, and wide receiver Deebo Samuel all sustained issues in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns.
As a result, their status for Week 7, a road matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, has been placed in question, with reports clarifying the situation recently.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan already ruled out Samuel due to a hairline fracture in his shoulder, while left tackle Trent Williams is doubtful with his ankle injury.
But, running back Christian McCaffrey was listed as questionable for Monday, despite facing an oblique injury, and there has been added information on his status ahead of the game.
While he’s battling a “slight little tear” in his oblique, McCaffrey is expected to play in Week 7, according to The 33rd Team’s Ari Meirov, courtesy of FOX’s Jay Glazer.
#49ers RB Christian McCaffrey is dealing with a "slight little tear" in his oblique, but he's still expected to play on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, per @JayGlazer. pic.twitter.com/9sAGYF0sNG— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 22, 2023
That news came after ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared that all signs are pointing towards McCaffrey playing with the injury, as the running back felt “great” in his first practice back this week.
All signs point to 49ers’ RB Christian McCaffrey playing Monday night at Minnesota, despite the fact that he is listed as questionable due to an oblique injury, per sources. McCaffrey returned to practice in a limited way Saturday and said after that he feels “great.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2023
McCaffrey, 27, suffered the injury last week, and could not return, attempting to for one play and shutting himself down afterward with the painful oblique issue.
The 49ers do have a bye week in two weeks, but it appears their star running back will look to battle through his injury, rather than sit out, ahead of the rest period.