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49ers-Broncos injury report: Jeff Wilson will start

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49ers-Broncos injury report: Jeff Wilson will start

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers finally will be able to field five wide receivers in Sunday’s matchup against the Broncos. They will not have Pierre Garçon available for the third game in a row, but Marquise Goodwin will play. 

Goodwin has been at the 49ers' facility all week after missing two weeks dealing with a personal issue. Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis will see their usual increased workload with Garçon out. Richie James Jr. and Trent Taylor are the other two healthy receivers on the roster.

Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. will get the start with Matt Breida missing his first game since high school.

Wilson has made in impact in the last two games after getting the nod of being the “next man up.” Alfred Morris or Matthew Dayes can serve as the backup to Wilson. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan said there is a good chance for Pita Taumoepenu to be up Sunday after Dekoda Watson went on injured reserve with a torn calf. He says Taumoepenu has been practicing well and has improved his rush and understanding of football more. 

Also on the defensive side of the ball, there will be another combination at the safety positions. Jaquiski Tartt is out with the same shoulder injury he has been dealing with most of the season. K’Waun Williams is also questionable with a knee injury. 

Thankfully for the 49ers, D.J. Reed will be able to play after nursing a heel injury. Antone Exum Jr. will also be available after returning to full participation in practice this week. 

There are no surprises on the Broncos report. Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock will not play in his return to Levi’s Stadium.

49ers injury report

Out

RB Matt Breida (ankle)
WR Pierre Garcon (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Questionable 

CB K’Waun WIlliams (knee)

Full participation

S Antone Exum (knee)
G Joshua Garnett (thumb)
LB Mark Nzeocha (thigh)
S D.J. Reed (heel, chest)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
LB Malcolm Smith (Achilles)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)
G Laken Tomlinson (hip)

Broncos injury report 

Out
LB Shaquil Barrett (hip)
CB Tramaine Brock (ribs)
CB Chris Harris (fibula)

Questionable 

LB Brandon Marshall (knee)

Full participation

LB Josey Jewell (ankle)
WR Courtland Sutton (ankle)
DE Derek Wolfe (ribs)

How 49ers' Trent Williams trade benefited from Washington jumping gun

How 49ers' Trent Williams trade benefited from Washington jumping gun

If Trent Williams is fully healthy and plays up to his ability, the 49ers got an absolute steal in only giving up a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-round selection in last month's trade with Washington. Had he played last season, it's highly unlikely San Francisco would have been able to acquire him for such a low cost.

And, thanks to Washington jumping the gun, he didn't.

Williams joined NFL Media's Ian Rapoport on the "RapSheet and Friends" podcast set to debut Friday and revealed that he was, in fact, prepared to suit up for Washington once he reported to the team after the trade deadline last season. But before his new helmet could arrive, Washington placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list, officially ending his season.

"The competitive juices started to flow, so I was really prepared to make my return last year," Williams told Rapoport. "I know all of the things that had went on and just being in that facility, being around teammates, being around the guys you fought with and bled with for some many years. It was almost impossible for me to fight the urge not to just want to get back on the field. I was literally waiting on my new helmet to come in. I was getting ready to kind of gear up and it was going to be somewhat of a surprise to some, but I think for the people who know me best, they know how competitive I am.

"... I was under the impression my new helmet was coming in that Tuesday, and then I was put on the NFI ... right before I could even get the helmet to get back out there. It was a bummer but figured it was just how it was supposed to work out."

[RELATED: 49ers help Williams by restructuring final year of contract]

It should be noted, Washington saved $6 million by placing Williams on the NFI. Of course, that likely was the final nail in the coffin for their relationship. 

Williams doesn't sound too upset about it. You can be sure the 49ers -- who now have arguably the NFL's best offensive tackle -- aren't either.

[49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

49ers post Jimmy Garoppolo throwback ahead of 2020 virtual graduation

49ers post Jimmy Garoppolo throwback ahead of 2020 virtual graduation

During this unprecedented time, it’s not only sports that have taken a hiatus. This time of year, graduates of various schools will not be able to participate in the usual ceremonies we’re used to. 

The 49ers wanted to take it into their own hands by hosting a virtual graduation ceremony to honor the Class of 2020. 

And in order to get in the spirit of things, the team tweeted out an old school photo of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It didn’t disappoint.

Oh yeah, check out that puka shell necklace. Never leave home without it.

The team also gave out superlatives to various players. Jimmy G was the “Best Smile,” of course, with Mike McGlinchey voted “Most Likely to win American Idol.” That probably has to do with that one time he did carpool karaoke with recently retired tackle Joe Staley.

Speaking of, Staley will be one of the commencement speakers at the ceremony.

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Country music star Tyler Rich will be performing as well.

The virtual ceremony for all levels of graduates will be streamed on 49ers.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

[49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]