Two games prior, the San Francisco 49ers played the Miami Dolphins without each of the three of their top cornerbacks. On Sunday, they’ll face the New England Patriots without their two beginning safeguards.
Solid security Jaquiski Tartt and free safety Jimmie Ward were formally precluded Friday evening for Sunday’s gathering at Gillette Stadium. Tartt has been managing a groin injury and didn’t practice the entire week, which made it nothing unexpected that he was precluded.
The decision on Ward, nonetheless, came as a shock after he practiced in full Wednesday and Thursday and was not recorded on the injury report. As per coach Kyle Shanahan, Ward stressed his quadriceps in Thursday’s training and an MRI that returned late Thursday night uncovered what Shanahan called a Grade 1 or 1.5 strain.
“I don’t think it will be real long, but we know for sure he’s not going to make the trip with us,” Shanahan said. “And we hope that will help him get a chance to be ready for next week.”
Shanahan declined to name the protections he intends to begin against the Patriots, yet the Niners don’t have numerous alternatives. Marcell Harris and Tarvarius Moore are the main solid protections at present on the program and it would bode well for Harris to supplant Tartt and Moore to step in for Ward.
The 49ers additionally have veteran Johnathan Cyprien and tenderfoot Jared Mayden on their training crew, both of whom could be enacted or possibly elevated to the program with running back Raheem Mostert (lower leg) expected to go on harmed hold by Saturday evening at the most recent.
“We haven’t decided yet, especially finding out the stuff with Jimmie Ward, but that’s stuff we have got to discuss all the way until 1 tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “We have got a long plane ride here to discuss that. Some things we have got to shuffle around a little bit.”
Left tackle Trent Williams, who didn’t rehearse on Wednesday on account of a lower leg injury, had the option to rehearse on a restricted premise Thursday and Friday. He is recorded as flawed for Sunday’s game, however Shanahan is idealistic that he will be accessible.
“He made it through practice today even though it was pretty much half speed, but when you have an ankle like he does and we’re flying like this, I still want to see how he is tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “But hoping he’s going and that’s why we didn’t put him as doubtful.”
Somewhere else on the injury front, the 49ers formally precluded Kwon Alexander and Mostert, both of whom are recouping from high lower leg hyper-extends. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (calf) is likewise recorded as flawed, be that as it may, similar to Williams, with no difficulties from the long travel, ought to likewise be a great idea to go.
Cornerback Dontae Johnson (calf) rehearsed throughout the week and is set to return.