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Knock on wood. The 49ers head into their Week 1 match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relatively healthy, at least by their standards.
Wide receivers Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor both missed practice Wednesday. Hurd is still working to return from a back injury that kept him out of the last three preseason games; head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the injury was “a little more serious” than the team first thought. Taylor suffered a Jones fracture, a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal, and underwent surgery to repair the bone. The initial diagnosis was a four-to-six-week recovery which could see Taylor available versus Cincinnati or Pittsburgh.
Cornerbacks Jason Verrett and K’Waun Williams were each limited Wednesday. Verrett suffered a minor ankle injury that same day as rookie defensive end Nick Bosa. Like Bosa, Verrett has missed the entirety of the preseason but expects to be available for Week 1. Williams injured his knee in early August but returned to practice Monday. The team has said that they’ll wait to evaluate Williams until the end of the week to determine his availability against Tampa Bay.
Bosa also returned to practice Monday but has been limited in his workload. John Lynch said on the KNBR morning show that the team was hopeful Bosa’s ankle injury from earlier in training camp was healed enough to make his NFL debut this Sunday, but that the team wouldn’t push the first-year player if he wasn’t fully recovered.
Center Weston Richburg and receiver Dante Pettis were also limited in Wednesday’s practice. Richburg is still recovering from offseason surgery to his right quad and knee, an injury that he played through for most of 2018. Second-year receiver Pettis has been nursing a mild groin strain since Week 4 of the preseason. Both players are expected to be available in Tampa.
Being a 49ers fan the last few years means becoming uncomfortably familiar with the Injured Reserve list. But this offseason hasn’t been a ruthless to the team as before. So, knock on wood, say a silent prayer, or whatever you do for good luck. Hopefully this is the year to kick the injury bug.
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