The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons released their first practice participation reports of the week, and the 49ers have quite the list. We learned earlier today that Kenneth Acker has been placed in the concussion protocol, so he is out of practice for now. If he improves to limited between now and Friday, that would bode well for his chances of playing on Sunday. Keith Reaser is competing with Dontae Johnson for the starting spot opposite Tramaine Brock, but he was absent Wednesday due to a family matter.
L.J. McCray is out after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He could return this season, but with this many injuries, the 49ers might decide they need the extra roster spot. In the meantime, the special teams takes a hit as McCray was one of the top special teamers.
Mike Davis and Carlos Hyde both sat out practice. Davis had surgery on a hand fracture on Tuesday, and his status moving forward is up in the air. Hyde's foot remains day-to-day according to Jim Tomsula. My guess is he does not play this weekend given that he was inactive last week and the team has their bye next week. It would be foolish to play him. That would leave the team with Kendall Gaskins, Pierre Thomas, and Shaun Draughn as their running backs this weekend. How do you see the touches split between the three of them?
49ers injury report
Did not participate: CB Kenneth Acker (chest, concussion), WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring), LB Navorro Bowman (shoulder), TE Garrett Celek (concussion), RB Mike Davis (hand), RB Carlos Hyde (foot), S L.J. McCray (knee), CB Keith Reaser (not injury related, ankle)
Limited participation: G Alex Boone (knee), CB Tramaine Brock (shin), LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), P Bradley Pinion (right calf), S Eric Reid (chest), T Joe Staley (shoulder)
Falcons injury report
Did not participate: CB Robert Alford (groin), LB Justin Durant (calf), WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring), S William Moore (groin), C Mike Person (ankle)
Limited participation: G James Stone (calf), CB Desmond Trufant (back), WR Nick Williams (hamstring)
Full participation: DE Tyson Jackson (ribs)