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Your daily San Francisco 49ers news for Friday, January 5th, 2023

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Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw and a bond that’s key to the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes (paywall)

“If he were leading the way through the hole, paving the way for his running back, and he had to take on Warner or Greenlaw, who would he go after? It was an easy choice for Juszczyk.

“I’m going after Fred, 100 percent,” the All-Pro fullback said with a smile. “Fred’s the weak link. They’re both incredible. But Dre brings it a little bit more. Listen, I genuinely think they are the two best linebackers in the NFL. And I think Dre might be No. 1.”

Juszczyk grins as he walks away.

“Yeah, that’s cool,” Warner said, nodding calmly, his competitive streak clearly activating. “If he wants to fit me up, c’mon. He thinks that’s the right answer. But he knows deep down he’d get crumbled.”

49ers injury report: Jennings’ Week 18 status remains uncertain

“Coach Kyle Shanahan already has suggested six players will be inactive for the game due to injuries, including starting running back Christian McCaffrey (calf), defensive tackle Arik Armstead (foot and knee), and safeties Tashaun Gipson (quadricep) and Ji’Ayir Brown (knee).”

Too much time off? 49ers’ Brock Purdy was concerned with extended break (paywall)

“I can speak from the quarterback spot: I don’t like it,” Young said Wednesday on KNBR. “I don’t like sitting out - taking a week off. I’d rather warm up, play a quarter, even a half, and be done. That’s the way to kind of stay with it … Now you’re going to get the next week off, so you’re not going to play for three weeks. Twenty-one days. From the quarterback spot, that’s a hard restart. It takes a minute. I always said, every game you miss, it takes a half to get fully up to speed.”

Purdy felt odd participating in the first practice of the week Wednesday knowing he wasn’t preparing for a game. However, after speaking with Shanahan, he now feels better about how he’ll prepare for his next game, more than two weeks away.”

Brock Purdy, Sam Darnold, Steve Wilks, Chris Foerster preview 49ers-Rams Week 18 matchup

“San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and offensive line coach and run game coordinator Chris Foerster spoke with reporters after Thursday’s practice, as the team prepares for its Week 18 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Here is everything they had to say.”

Ravens’ Patrick Queen: 49ers have ‘tells’ on offense

“It’s tells in what Miami does and what San Fran does that I can’t say right now, just in case we have to see those guys again,” Queen responded.

Pressed for details on these “tells,” Queen opted to keep the Ravens’ defensive strategies confidential, simply stating, “You just got to hit the guys for four quarters. That’s it. And if it takes longer, do it for longer. It really just comes down to it’s football. It’s got to be a physical game. It’s a physical sport.”

Specifically discussing Brock Purdy, who faced challenges against the Ravens’ defense on Christmas night with a career-high four interceptions, Queen conveyed his respect for the 49ers’ second-year quarterback.

“He can make every throw on the field,” Queen said. “He can make all the reads. And we just knew that if we could get pressure on him, and just keep the pocket on him, and not give him clear lanes to throw, that we could definitely affect him. ... But I still think he’s a great quarterback.

“I still think he definitely should be in that running (for NFL MVP), for sure. I think [Ravens QB] Lamar [Jackson], obviously, should win it, but I think Brock Purdy still should be in that running.”

49ers’ brothers in arms: Long before Brock Purdy, there was Jeff Garcia (paywall)

“Garcia tacitly acknowledged it wasn’t ideal that Purdy broke his record. It was an accomplishment of which he was particularly proud because of the QBs who preceded him in 49ers’ history. Garcia took the baton from Young, who had succeeded Montana.

Purdy’s pursuit of Garcia’s record, though, gave his biggest fans a better sense of the accomplishments of a QB they never saw play in his 11-season NFL career. Garcia, who has four children ages 12 to 15, smiled as he received messages in his final days as a holder of a 23-year-old record in a franchise with a proud QB lineage.

“They were seeing things on TV, screenshotting them and sending them to me,” Garcia said. “They’re like, ‘Brock might break your record.’ I told them, ‘Yeah, it’s going to happen.’ But at least it shows them that their dad did some things and is still relevant. They didn’t see me play the game, but they are seeing Dad is still being mentioned. And that feels good.”