8 players will return for 49 runs in Debo Samuel, Elijah Mitchell
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After dealing with a lot of bad injury news through the first eight weeks of the season, San Francisco 49ers Finally close to full power.
Even if the cornerback loses Jason Verrett Coming off a season-ending torn Achilles in Wednesday’s practice, the Niners got plenty of good news on the injury front Friday, as they will welcome back eight players who missed San Francisco’s last game — a 31-14 win. Los Angeles Rams Oct. 30 — Due to injury.
The players will take the field against the team on Sunday night Los Angeles Chargers is a wide receiver Dibo Samuel (Hamstring) and Jawan Jennings (Hamstring), Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (finger) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (calf). Four players — going backwards Elias Mitchelllinebacker Aziz Al-ShairOffensive lineman Colton McKevitz and defensive ends Jordan Willis — According to coach Kyle Shanahan, all will return from the knee injuries that plagued them.
The Niners have three open roster spots and will get a fourth if they place Verrett on injured reserve, a move expected to happen within the next 24 hours.
The 4-4 Niners, who return several key players as they begin the second half of the season, believe big things are possible down the stretch.
linebacker Fred Warner said “And it’s great to see some familiar faces out there. … We’re going to need them.”
Samuel, Juszczyk and Jennings have each missed just one game, but that trio gives the offense the first chance to see how things look when Samuel and the recent running back return. Christian McCaffrey Work in tandem with a skill position group that boasts tight ends George KittleMitchell and wide receiver Brandon Ayuk.
“It’s so crazy how much firepower we have now with the addition of this offense [McCaffrey] “It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be hard to cover everyone there and it should be real fun,” said Samuel.
The defense will also benefit from some post-buy reinforcements. The return of Al-Shair and Greenlaw means the 49ers’ starting linebacker trio will be together for the first time since Week 3.
Al-Shair’s return comes a little earlier than expected, but he said Monday that he is feeling better after rehabbing with Mitchell and ahead of schedule.
“Actually, it was more like six to eight [weeks], but initially I thought it would be eight,” Al-Shair said. “You’re usually conservative. And then you see where each person goes and I was doing a lot better than they thought. So I was able to come back from there.”
The news wasn’t good for the Niners, who lost cornerback Verrett Emmanuel Moseley (except left ACL) for the season and will be without the defensive tackle Eric Armstead (foot, ankle), who was ruled out on Friday. Defensive end Samson Ebukam (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful.
Even without these players, the Niners know the value of giving others a chance to be on the field. Shanahan said that could be beneficial because the Niners are still in the playoff mix with other players having a chance to play meaningful snaps.
“It helps a lot,” Shanahan said. “When you lose guys, it puts you in a bind. The only benefit of losing guys is it gives other guys a chance to develop because they have to go through stuff. And sometimes you just have to go out there and get your butt kicked and realize that That’s what you have to do in this league because you can’t always replicate that. … If you can’t get your team back yet, it can make your team a little stronger.”
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