The San Francisco 49ers continue to deal with injury issues to key players as we head toward the weekend.
Coach Kyle Shanahan had a lengthy list of updates ahead of practice Wednesday at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, where the team is staying this week with another East Coast game in New Jersey on Sunday against the New York Giants.
Per Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Dee Ford and Tevin Coleman would not practice today. George Kittle and Dre Greenlaw would be limited.
Kittle getting in a limited practice is a positive sign after the star tight end missed last week with a knee injury. With the Niners’ vocal concerns about the MetLife Stadium playing surface, Kittle might sit out again, but getting him on the practice field is a step in the right direction.
Shanahan noted that QB Nick Mullens is “most likely” to start Sunday in place of Jimmy G but didn’t rule out the latter just yet.
Coleman, on the other hand, is dealing with a sprained knee that will keep him out about four weeks, which means he’s headed to IR. With Mostert dealing with an MCL issue, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson are in line to be the Niners’ top backs against New York.
A West Virginia reporter covering the 49ers this week during their stay mentioned to Shanahan that a couple hundred years ago, the area had built a tourism industry on the belief in the healing powers of the water in the area, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area.
“Our players could use that right now,” Shanahan responded.
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