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49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon reveals new injury, has no return timetable

49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon reveals new injury, has no return timetable

It was looking like the 49ers were going to be close to full strength Monday against the Seahawks, but suddenly that's in doubt.

Tight end George Kittle's status for Monday's home game against Seattle is up in the air, and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon reportedly hasn't healed as quickly as hoped.

Witherspoon didn't practice Thursday, and told KNBR's Jake Hutchinson that he has no timetable for a return at the moment.

"It feels like day-to-day, honestly, I feel like I’m just so far into the process that a week is too big,” Witherspoon said. “It could be three days, it could be seven days, could be 10 days, I guess it’s just really however my body feels. A timetable is out of the picture right now."

Witherspoon sprained his foot in Week 3 and has been out ever since, but he reportedly revealed to KNBR that he also currently is dealing with a strained quad. While he didn't say which quad was injured, he reportedly was wearing a full leg sleeve on his right leg, the same one that has the foot sprain.

"I’m not healthy enough to play football right now," Witherspoon bluntly put it, "that’s really it."

On Monday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expressed optimism that Witherspoon would be able to play against the Seahawks, but he wasn't as certain following Thursday's practice.

"Not really," Shanahan said at his Thursday press conference. "I would have been two weeks ago, but he had that setback, 10 days ago or something like that, so we knew it was going to come down to this.” 

Witherspoon, however, views it as more of a delay than a setback.

"Not really, not a setback, it’s just part of the process that’s coming back to being 100 percent healthy," Witherspoon explained. "I think you have progress and then it slows down. Progress slows down. Just good days, bad days, but a setback in terms of whatever like timetable would make sense, yes, but not actually physically to where anything I’m worried. It’s just going through the process."

Once Witherspoon is healthy enough to return to game action, though, he believes it won't take him long to get up to speed.

"The conditioning, all the wind has been fine because I’m still able to move, but just not at full capacity right now," Witherspoon said. "So when that time comes when I’m fully healthy. I think it’ll be a seamless transition though because I’ve been doing so much conditioning."

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For what it's worth, Shanahan thinks Witherspoon is on the cusp of returning.

“He was able to do a little bit, just rehabbing this weekend," Shanahan added. "I think he’ll get out there tomorrow."

NFC playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in hopes of earning top seed

NFC playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in hopes of earning top seed

The 49ers bounced back in nail-biting fashion Sunday with their 36-26 win over the Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. 

San Francisco improved to 9-1 on the season after suffering its first loss of the season last week against the Seahawks. The final six weeks of the season will be extremely tough, but the 49ers still control their destiny in the NFC.

After Week 11, here is how the NFC playoff picture looks.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (9-1)
  2. Green Bay Packers (8-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (8-2)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (8-2) 
  6. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)

 

Nothing has changed in the NFC over the past two weeks regarding the playoff picture, but that doesn't mean this will be the order come January. All but one team on the 49ers' remaining schedule appear to at least be playoff hopefuls. 

The 49ers and Packers will meet for an epic clash this upcoming week on "Sunday Night Football" at Levi's Stadium. A loss and Seahawks win over the Eagles would drop San Francisco out of the top spot in the NFC as a whole, and the NFC West. 

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It doesn't get much easier after the Packers game, too. The 49ers still have to face the Ravens (8-2), Saints, Falcons (3-7), Rams (6-4) and Seahawks. 

San Francisco has a brutal path to the playoffs but this team has shown resiliency in recent weeks. If QB Jimmy Garoppolo can continue to improve with rookie receiver Deebo Samuel emerging and the defense still one of the best in the league, the 49ers should have what it takes to push for a high seed in the NFC.

49ers become first NFL team to cash OVER bet with win vs. Cardinals

49ers become first NFL team to cash OVER bet with win vs. Cardinals

The 49ers made a lot of people happy Sunday, and not just their hordes of fans who exploded when Jeff Wilson Jr. scored with 31 seconds left to beat the Cardinals at Levi's Stadium.

The win showed the 49ers can bounce back from defeat, and it also made coach Kyle Shanahan's team the first to cash an OVER ticket on win totals this season. The 49ers' OVER/UNDER closed at eight wins, and they now sit at 9-1 after the 36-26 win over Arizona.

Run to the window and cash those tickets, Niner backers.

The NFL has a few teams that can hit their OVER with wins in Week 12.

The Ravens, Seahawks and Bills each can hit their OVER with Ws next week. The Ravens and Seahawks both closed at 8.5, while the 7-3 Bills closed at seven and have at least guaranteed backers a push.

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As for the Raiders, their number was a six before it was taken off the board when Antonio Brown went on a guerilla campaign to get himself released. If you bet the OVER prior to that, then you can cash your ticket if the 6-4 Raiders beat the Jets next Sunday. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa and Co. have filled some people's pockets with extra Christmas money. Now, they must focus on the bigger picture starting with a Week 12 showdown with the Packers at Levi's Stadium.