With a heavy emphasis on rest and recovery this week while coming off a physical win over the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers are set to return to practice Tuesday in preparation for the Green Bay Packers, but more later than usual. time slot.
The team holds its typical early afternoon practice at 5 p.m. Tuesday, before resuming its standard practice windows leading up to Saturday’s Divisional Round game.
As the team kicks off the week, linebacker Fred Warner will be on hand in a limited capacity. Warner suffered a frightening ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory that kept him out for the rest of the game. According to the linebacker, his cleat got stuck in the turf causing his ankle to bend under himself when trying to change direction, aggravating the same injury he originally suffered in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers were lucky the linebacker suffered a slight sprain and is feeling confident in his ability to adjust to Saturday’s tilt.
“The fact that the MRI results were great. That was good news and the way I feel gives me confidence for Saturday,” Warner said.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will also be limited on Tuesday after landing on the injury report when he suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday.
According to the QB, he was trying to avoid landing on his previously injured thumb and tried to land on his elbow and “stuck his shoulder”, which affected some of his throws in the win.
Garoppolo has revealed his shoulder and thumb are equally troublesome at this stage of the week, however, he feels confident in his ability to play in Saturday’s division game.
“If you’re a quarterback, it affects every pitch. It definitely had an impact,” Garoppolo said. “But if I’m out there and I’m in that place, I still have to make the game. No excuses or anything like that. The hurt is what it is. We’re all dealing with stuff now .
“We will feel it throughout the week. But I feel good right now.”
Rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas will be restricted to practice Tuesday after suffering a knee injury in the Wild Card game. The rookie, who has seen starting snaps in the 49ers’ last six games, suffered a bone bruise. According to the head coach, he should be “in good standing” to play on Saturday.
Edge rusher Nick Bosa remains in concussion protocol after taking a helmet knee on Sunday. According to Shanahan, the 49ers are feeling “pretty optimistic” he will be cleared before San Francisco’s short turnaround to Green Bay.
As for the Packers, Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander returned to practice on Tuesday while head coach Matt LaFleur said he hopes they play Saturday.
Alexander was officially listed as limited, while Smith, who is on injured reserve, had no designation. The pass rusher has been out since injuring his back in the season opener and is targeting a comeback in the playoffs.
Here’s a full rundown of Tuesday’s training report:
- CB Jaire Alexandre (shoulder)
- WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back)