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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Kyle Shanahan previews 49ers-Commanders Week 17 matchup

“San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters before Wednesday’s practice, as the team prepares for its Week 17 matchup against the Washington Commanders. Here is everything he had to say.”

49ers’ Trent Williams back at practice; concern for Ji’Ayir Brown (paywall)

“Williams took part a day after undergoing an MRI, and his early-week practice availability is seemingly a signal that he will be available when the 49ers visit the Commanders on Sunday.”

49ers game review: Brock Purdy’s Ravens nightmare could have been even worse (paywall)

“Could those near-misses from Purdy also be semi-excused away? Perhaps. Snead, who has spent most of the year on the practice squad and has been targeted with three passes, appeared to be tardy turning around for the ball. And Purdy’s throw to Samuel, although a bit wayward, was catchable.

As Shanahan noted, neither pass was a result of Purdy being confused by Baltimore disguising various defensive sets, which would be an issue of concern for a young QB. Even Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey acknowledged Purdy was rarely fooled on his forgettable night.

“It’s hard to stop that guy,” Humphrey said. “He kind of makes all the right reads. Even though he made mistakes tonight, he usually doesn’t make too many mistakes.”

49ers rookie safety Brown misses practice with knee sprain

“Brown’s injury wasn’t immediately known after the 49ers’ Monday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“There’s concern,” Shanahan said. “We’re not ruling him out this week, but there’s concern. That’s why he can’t go today.”

Shanahan bemoans 49ers’ mistakes vs. Ravens, but he’s ready to move on

“Each of Purdy’s turnovers were different, featuring a combination of bad decisions and bad luck.”

49ers great Willis now Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024 finalist

The lists of modern-era finalists includes two first-time eligible candidates: defensive end Julius Peppers and tight end Antonio Gates....There are four returning finalists who advanced to the top 10 a year ago: wide receivers Andre Johnson, Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne, and defensive end Jared Allen.

Others who are back as finalists are return specialist Devin Hester, defensive end Dwight Freeney, tackle Willie Anders and safety Darren Woodson.”