Coach Kyle Shanahan expects some of his front-line starters who have missed extended time in training camp to be ready for the regular season.
The team’s top edge rushers, Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, have not practiced in nearly three weeks due to leg muscle strains.
But Shanahan said prior to the 49ers’ practice Wednesday inside Levi’s Stadium that he expects both to take the field on Sunday, Sept. 13, in the opener against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.
“They’re not coming back today, but I’m not concerned,” Shanahan said. “I’d be very surprised if they’re not ready to go for Week 1.”
Tight end George Kittle has been out since Aug. 26, when he left practice with tightness in his hamstring. Kittle was expected to see some practice time on Wednesday as the club slowly works him back into the mix.
Shanahan said wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have chances of being in uniform for the opener. Samuel is on the non-football injury list after undergoing surgery in June to repair a broken foot. Aiyuk has been out since sustaining a hamstring strain on Aug. 23.
“We’re hoping to get both of those guys back next week,” Shanahan said.
The club also seems optimistic center Ben Garland, who sustained an ankle injury on Aug. 18, will be available for the first game.