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49ers vs. Vikings pregame: Starters returning, Saleh in Browns’ mix


SANTA CLARA — Parking lots opened early, rain opted to stay away and the coast looked clear for several starters to return from injuries and play in the 49ers’ first playoff game at Levi’s Stadium.

Here is the latest news filtering in ahead of the 1:35 p.m. kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in a divisional-round game:

— A week after interviewing for the Cleveland Browns coaching vacancy, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh reportedly remains in the mix, along with offensive coordinators Kevin Stefanski (New England Patriots) and Josh McDaniels (New England Patriots), according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns also need to hire a general manager and among those Saleh would be interested in pairing with are 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, the Seattle Seahawks’ Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, and the Indianapolis Colts’ Ed Dodds.

#Browns also need to hire a GM, and among those Robert Saleh would be interested (per @RapSheet) in pairing with are #49ers VP Adam Peters, the Seahawks’ Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer, and Colts’ Ed Dodds.

Here is Saleh and Peters heading out to Jan. 2 practice together: pic.twitter.com/L0jcT31B6C

— 𝙲𝚊𝚖 𝙸𝚗𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@CamInman) January 11, 2020

— Much of the talk this week centered on the expected returns of defensive starters Kwon Alexander, Jaquiski Tartt and possibly Dee Ford. Well, let’s not forget about the offense. Right guard Mike Person is expected to return from a two-game hiatus and start, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco first reported.

Person has dealt with a neck injury dating back to at least November and is not expected to regain full health until he rests in the offseason. Daniel Brunskill started in his place the previous two games.

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— Ford’s pregame warmups will draw intense focus to see if he’s capable of returning from a hamstring injury tracing to Nov. 17 against Arizona. He missed the past six games aside from a four-snap cameo at New Orleans, where he aggravated the hamstring after experiencing tightness in warmups. If he’s tight again today, the 49ers may shelve him for a potential NFC Championship Game appearance next Sunday.

— Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is expected to start despite requiring stitches for a gash on his ankle. More details of his injury emerged earlier today.

Check 1, 2 pic.twitter.com/XNgQE9y26g

— 𝙲𝚊𝚖 𝙸𝚗𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@CamInman) January 11, 2020

— The 49ers’ first bus from their nearby team hotel rolled in at 9:30 a.m., and Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t on it, because he already had arrived through the players’ parking lot.

#49ers first bus has arrived and among those off it is Levine Toilolo, 1 of only 14 players with #NFLPlayoffs experience.
(Jimmy Garoppolo arrived earlier for his first postseason start) pic.twitter.com/mkylzG198U

— 𝙲𝚊𝚖 𝙸𝚗𝚖𝚊𝚗 (@CamInman) …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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