January 27, 2021

49ers injury report vs. Rams: Samuel, Mostert, Sherman back but outlook unclear on Williams, others

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SANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Deebo Samuel, running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback Richard Sherman are cleared to return from injuries and play in the 49ers’ scheduled game Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams.

That about sums up Friday’s positive news from coach Kyle Shanahan.

A slew of other personnel shuffling has hindered the short-staffed 49ers, who’ve had only one full-speed practice (Wednesday) since their Nov. 15 loss at New Orleans and their ensuing bye last weekend.

Six players remain on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list, and Shanahan was briefed that only left tackle Trent Williams has a “outside chance” of playing among that group. Those unlikely to be activated include wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, for the second time in three games.

While defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw did come of COVID-19 reserve Friday (another bit of positive news), he is questionable, as are tight end Jordan Reed and linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair. That later trio were kept out of the past two practices because of COVID-19 precautions after feeling ill (but not testing positive).

Shanahan did not learn until about 15 minutes prior to the Thanksgiving practice that Reed, Greenlaw and Al-Shaair would miss the workout.

That prompted the 49ers to downshift Thursday’s session into a walk-through like Friday’s. After Thursday’s workout, the 49ers lost another potential starter, as guard Tom Compton reported a concussion and has been ruled out. Rookie Colton McKivitz will make his first start after rotating with Compton at right guard in the loss at New Orleans.

Running back Tevin Coleman (knee) also was ruled out, but Jeff Wilson is expected to come off injured reserve and help Jerick McKinnon back up the presumed starter, Mostert.

The IR activations of Mostert, Wilson and Sherman are due by 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We had some guys out, maybe had to switch the practice schedule around, but it hasn’t been too bad,” quarterback Nick Mullens, who’ll make his fifth start in place of Jimmy Garoppolo. “Our circumstances are different a little but the same info is getting distributed as far as the game plan, and same with the reps. “

Kinlaw, the 49ers’ top draft pick this year, has come on strong his rookie season and has yet to miss a game. But last week, he and six others followed Arik Armstead onto the COVID-19 list; Armstead was cleared Wednesday.

Still on the COVID-19 reserve list are Aiyuk, Williams, linebacker Joe Walker, tight end Daniel Helm and defensive linemen D.J. Jones and Jordan Willis.

If Greenlaw and Al-Shaair can’t go, lining up at linebacker next to Fred Warner will be converted Marcell Harris and practice-squad call-up Jonas Griffith.

“It’s been a challenge,” Shanahan said. “Meetings has been the easier part. Everyone in the league is getting used to Zooming. … The biggest challenge was knowing how much work we had to do to get crisp and only had (a full-speed practice) Wednesday.”

Perhaps signaling Aiyuk’s unavailability, the 49ers re-signed Jordan Matthews for a potential practice squad promotion; Chris Finke was released.

Others ruled out are slot cornerback K’Waun Williams (ankle) and linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring). Williams’ ankle sprain likely will keep him out the next game against Buffalo, too.

As for the Rams, tight end Tyler Higbee (elbow) is questionable and will be a game-time decision. Linebacker Terrell Lewis (knee) is doubtful.

The Rams canceled Friday’s practice after two team members, including an unidentified player, received positive COVID-19 test results Thursday; negative tests have since followed.

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Author: Cam Inman

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