San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon to provide a few injury updates, and you could feel the bad news coming. The 49ers are still waiting on the results from several of their injured players. Why? The team’s MRI truck was scheduled to go to The Greenbrier, where the Niners are staying, but the truck broke down on Sunday. I’ve never heard of that in my life, and I imagine this will be the last time we see this. Then again, Shanahan said something/someone hit the team plane before they took off to New York.
If you could call it good news, Jimmy Garoppolo’s high ankle sprain isn’t too severe, per Shanahan. He wouldn’t rule Garoppolo out for Week 3. Jimmy G shouldn’t come close to stepping onto MetLife Stadium’s field. If he’s healthy enough to play on Monday night football the following week, then so be it. If the 49ers cannot beat the Giants, assuming George Kittle plays, they have bigger issues. Here is what Shanahan said about who will suit up against the Giants during Week 3:
“Jimmy’s our guy. If he’s good to go and the doctors say he’s healthy, and he can protect himself, and he’s confident, Jimmy will be out there. If Jimmy’s not safe and can’t protect himself, we’ll go with Nick.”
Raheem Mostert has an MCL/knee sprain. Shanahan ruled Mostert out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. If it’s a Grade 1 sprain, Mostert will miss two weeks at most. If it’s a Grade 2 sprain, Raheem will miss four weeks. A Grade 3 sprain would be the worst-case scenario, and Mostert would miss 8-12 weeks.
Tevin Coleman has a knee sprain, and Shanahan said he was concerned about that injury. Adam Schefter tweeted that Coleman is expected to miss “multiple weeks.” Devonta Freeman will be on line 1. We could very well see Jerick McKinnon, Jeffrey Wilson Jr, and JaMycal Hasty at running back over the next couple of games.
George Kittle (knee) and Jason Verrett (hamstring) are expected to return to practice on Wednesday. They’ll be re-evaluated then. I’d be cautious with Kittle. As for Verrett, if he’s healthy, the 49ers may be better off with him over Ahkello Witherspoon. I’m curious if there would be a rotation at cornerback.