49ers notebook: ‘Somber mood’ after Verrett injury; lance updates; Mitchell’s role after the McCaffrey trade
San Francisco 49ers players struggled to finish practice on Wednesday Jason Verrett Suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Injuries have plagued the cornerback throughout his nine-season NFL career. He’s only had two healthy seasons, and the latest injury was heartbreaking for teammates who saw him battle back from a torn ACL last year.
“It took everyone’s life in practiceAs in, literally, “wide receiver.” Dibo Samuel He told reporters after practice on Thursday. “[Head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] Try to bring it, but he can really talk. He was just like, ‘What do you want to do?’
“At the end of the day, that’s part of the job, but definitely the last person you want to see on this team, knowing everything he’s been through, go down. So we held him as a team and everybody prayed for him, and We tried our best to finish the practice.”
Samuel added that the team is keeping Verrett in their prayers and hopes the cornerback finds a way back.
While Shanahan was at a loss for words after the injury Wednesday, the coach discussed Verrett in his Thursday interview on KNBR.
“For him to go through this amount, It was very hard to seeShanahan said after listing Verrett’s many previous injuries. “He knew it right away, and it was pretty sad for everybody.”
Verrett’s injury affected the entire locker room. After all, the cornerback is a well-liked and respected teammate.
“We all feel for JV,” defensive coordinator DiMeco Ryans said. “We know the work he’s put in, how dedicated he’s been to coming back and helping this team. It’s definitely hurtful for us. The guys are with him, and the guys around him will pick up the slack and be ready to roll.”
Ryans revealed Verrett’s Achilles tear was a non-contact injury. The coach was questioned about his temperament during Thursday’s practice, the day after the injury.
“As you would expect, it’s a somber mood because all those guys have seen him work on the sidelines, seen him go back there, the energy he brought to the team, just seeing him work there. … When you see him go down, Then it hurts for everybody—coaches, players, everybody. Everybody just feels for him.”
quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Acknowledging that injuries happen all the time. He fought from many. However, this latest injury, as seen happening to Verrett over and over again, made it difficult for the team.
“It’s tough when you see a guy go down like that because we’ve all put in a lot of work,” Garoppolo said. “The amount of time you put into this game, it’s unforgivable. When you see something like that happen, it breaks your heart.”
Trey Lance is making progress
The Athletic’s Matt Barrows previewed the quarterback Trey Lance, who has been around the team since his season-ending ankle injury in Week 2. Lance is improving. The plan is to get him ready for next season. “His recovery seems to be going well,” Barrows wrote.
#49ers Locker room view today: Trey Lance, especially his ankle, which is the same size. That *of course* wasn’t until a few weeks after his surgery. His health seems to be going well.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 10, 2022
Mitchell’s role after the McCaffrey trade
Offensive line/run game coordinator Chris Foerster admitted he hasn’t talked to Mitchell, the team’s Week 1 starter, about plans to use him and McCaffrey together.
“I think most guys, they really just compete,” Foerster said. “Eliza knows she has a role. Jeff [Wilson Jr.] He knew he had a role to play [before being traded to the Dolphins]. Every person has a role here, and if you play well and are productive, we’re going to find a way to get you the football and get you in the game. It’s a long season. We need everyone.”
How has Mitchell looked since the 49ers opened his practice window on Monday?
“So far, so good. Everything feels good,” Forster said. “He’s working there and seems to be in good shape.”
Drake Jackson is moving on
Drake Jackson Defensive end could have a big role Sunday Samson Ebukam (quadricep, Achilles) can’t play. The rookie has been somewhat quiet since recording three sacks in Weeks 3 through 6. A reporter asked Ryans about Jackson’s progress. “Drake is progressing every week,” Ryans responded. “I’ve seen Drake get better every week. So Drake has to keep doing what he’s doing. I’m happy with where he’s going. He’s doing some really good things for us, and I think he’s getting better the more reps he gets. Will continue to happen. He’s going to continue to get better and make plays for us. So I’m happy where he’s at.”
Deebo McCaffrey recalls learning the trade
Where was Samuels when he first heard the news that the 49ers had traded for McCaffrey? He was home when his mother told him that his team had earned a star running back, or as she put it, “this dude.”
“He doesn’t know much about football,” Samuel admitted. “..I was like, ‘Oh, sh-t’. I remember just looking around, and just like, ‘This is crazy.’ I finished calling [tackle] Trent [Williams], and he was jacked. Seeing how excited everyone else was to have him on the team.”
According to NFL Transaction Wire, the San Francisco 49ers have opened the practice window for defensive end Jordan Willis. He was placed on injured reserve on September 14 with a knee injury. Teams will have 21 days to activate the defender or waive him for the rest of the season. Willis joins running back Elijah Mitchell, linebacker Aziz Al-Shair and offensive lineman Colton McKevitz, who saw their practice window open Monday. All three are coming off MCL sprains but are expected to participate in full practice this week. San Francisco can activate four with just one player released, or activate three and wait
Kyle Shanahan was hesitant to share the expected practice statuses of running back Elijah Mitchell, linebacker Aziz Al-Shair and offensive lineman Colton McKevitz. The San Francisco 49ers head coach did not have to say anything about three players who will not even report to practice because, while their practice window is open, all three remain on the injured reserve list. That may change this week, though. The team could activate three before Sunday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Although Shanahan initially didn’t want to reveal anything, saying, “I don’t have to reveal [their statuses]” He quickly decided to share more. “No, they’re full. They’re going,” Shanahan added. “… They’re full
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