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Golden Nuggets: Double bye week incoming

Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Kyle Shanahan provides update on Christian McCaffrey, how 49ers will approach rest in final game

Two-straight weeks off could be viewed as detrimental from a performance standpoint when the 49ers return to host in the Divisional Round, potentially against a team like the Rams or Seattle Seahawks, depending on an upset.

While Shanahan said it’s impossible to rest everyone, he acknowledged some players will get the game off. He indicated there would be a substantive week of practice, with roster decisions made throughout the week.

“I will definitely try to rest some guys,” Shanahan said. “But I mean, you can’t rest everybody. It’s too hard. You don’t have enough players. So we got to field a team without a doubt. And we’re gonna have a big week of practice. I still think there’s lots of things we got to obviously get a lot better at and the only way you do that is playing football and practicing football. So we’ll have a big Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, figure out our roster as the week goes and decide what we’ll do for Sunday.”

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“Shanahan added that decisions on resting starters aren’t just about giving them the game off, but also about how much they will practice during the week and the trickle-down effect it can create where players who do play end up having to do more than usual and thus become more susceptible to injury.

“When you give guys a game off, practice changes too, and that can end up hurting guys a lot, just developing bad habits, and I’ve seen it cost a lot of teams,” Shanahan said. “You rest players and that sometimes gets more players injured. So, all that stuff you’ve got to balance out, and that’s why there’s not a clear-cut decision on anything. You’ve got to look at each individual and each situation and play it out as the week goes.”

What Kyle Shanahan said the day after 49ers’ Week 17 win vs. Commanders

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CMC to sit out Week 18 vs. Rams with mild right calf strain

“Shanahan was noncommittal on whether quarterback Brock Purdy would play against the Rams. He sustained stingers the previous two games but made it through Sunday’s game without any issues.

The 49ers can have a maximum of only seven inactive players, and cornerback Ambry Thomas will be one of them. Thomas is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday on a broken hand. He should be available for the 49ers when the playoffs begin.”

Silver: ‘Show it!’ A Slack tip, iPhone clip and how 49ers learned they’re NFC’s top seed (paywall)

“As he neared the locker-room door, Samuel slowed his stride, focusing on a small object that happened to be in my hand: an iPhone, carrying the Fox feed of the Cardinals-Eagles game. Niners general manager John Lynch and I were watching as Arizona, a heavy underdog trailing by just three points, reached the Philly 5-yard line in the final minute. The moment mattered: A Philly loss would allow S.F. to clinch the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, the ultimate regular-season prize.”