49ers Kyle Shanahan has good news after wave of injuries

SANTA CLARA – Add up a couple shoulder separations, a couple concussions, a banged knee, a pulled hamstring and, in a twist of good fortune, none of those wounds Thursday night are going to ruin the 49ers’ depth chart for their Sept. 9 season opener.

“We’re hoping they’ll all be available Week 1 to start the season,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday, in the wake of six players getting hurt early in a 24-21, comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

Ruled out of the remaining three exhibitions, however, are tight end George Kittle and running back Matt Breida, who both sustained shoulder separations. Tests revealed no tears or structural damage to either player’s shoulder, NFL Media first reported.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during the third quarter of their preseason NFL game versus the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

As for the other injuries, defensive tackle Solomon Thomas and offensive tackle Garry Gilliam are in the post-concussion protocol, outside linebacker Eli Harold has a bruised knee and middle linebacker Malcolm Smith has a hamstring issue that will shelve him this coming week.

The 49ers resume practicing Sunday and Monday, then fly to Houston for joint practices Wednesday and Thursday against the Texans, who will host next Saturday’s exhibition.

A few players who sat out Thursday’s game because of health concerns are slated to rejoin or increase their workouts: guards Jonathan Cooper, Joshua Garnett and J.P. Flynn; linebackers Brock Coyle and Fred Warner; and, wide receiver Trent Taylor.

Neither cornerback Richard Sherman nor defensive tackle Arik Armstead are cleared to test out their hamstring injuries next week, and the same goes for cornerback K’Waun Williams (ankle).

San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman (25) walks the sidelines while playing against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of their preseason NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Sherman did not dress today. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Of all the injured players, Kittle perhaps was most concerting Thursday night. He battled injuries throughout his 43-catch rookie season and reported to this camp in great shape, enhancing his rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo.

If Kittle has durability issues, his coach isn’t saying so. “He’s going to play aggressive and put it all on the line,” Shanahan said. “Unfortunately he dove for a ball and landed awkward on his shoulder. I’m not going to hold that against him.”

Kittle landed on his shoulder attempting to catch a third-down, 40-yard pass on the 49ers’ first possession. Breida got banged up a series later in pass protection after replacing starter Jerick McKinnon.

Here are other items that emerged from Thursday’s opener:

1. Offensive line review: Right tackle Mike McGlinchey, this year’s top draft pick, impressed Shanahan in a 23-snap debut that lasted longer than the other offensive starters.

“I was real happy with mike. You know, first game for him, that’s why we left him in a little longer,” Shanahan said. “… …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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