MINNEAPOLIS – Starting free safety Jimmie Ward initially thought he further injured his hamstring that kept him out of action for the first month of training camp.
But the discomfort he felt while going through warmups on Sunday night was actually part of the recovery process, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
“I heard it was good news,” Shanahan said, following the 49ers’ 32-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the third exhibition game for both teams. “He pulled some scar tissues. in that case, it’s a good thing and not a bad thing.
“You have to break that scar tissue up. Sometimes it can be a little scary and not feel like it’s a good thing. It feels like you’re re-pulling it. He was worried about that, but after getting in here, he was very happy and excited about what happened out there.”
Ward was not scheduled to play in Sunday’s game, anyway. Ward is also not expected to play in the 49ers’ exhibition finale on Sunday night to help ensure he will be in the starting lineup when the 49ers open the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Carolina Panthers.
Shanahan also believes left tackle Joe Staley did not sustain any significant knee injury. He was removed from the lineup in the first quarter as a precaution. He spent the remainder of the game on the 49ers’ sideline without any wrap on his knee.
“I think Joe’s going to be all right,” Shanahan said. “We’ll look at him more tomorrow. He definitely wanted to come back in. I feel pretty optimistic.”