49ers-Packers injury report: Aaron Rodgers rests after knee setback


49ers-Packers injury report: Aaron Rodgers rests after knee setback

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers had a dozen players who did not go through a full practice due to injuries, while Green Bay’s headliner admitted he sustained setback to his left knee and did not step on the practice field, either.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was held out of practice after aggravating a left knee injury in the Packers’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

“Just hoping I get back out there tomorrow and have a feel-good Friday and a practice Saturday and be good to go — hopefully back to where I was in Detroit,” Rodgers told the Green Bay-area media in front of his locker Thursday.

The 49ers know Rodgers will be available for Monday's game. And they know exactly what to expect.

"He’s still the best or is tied for the best on the planet," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He always has been. He’s the man. I know he’s not 100-percent, everyone knows that, but he seems to be a little bit better each week. He’s still the best."

The 49ers had 12 players who did not practice or were limited on Thursday. The players who appear to be the most in jeopardy of not being available for Monday night’s game in Green Bay are running back Matt Breida and wide receivers Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor.

49ers practice report


Did not practice
RB Matt Breida (shoulder, ankle)
WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee)
G Mike Person (knee)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
T Joe Staley (knee)
WR Trent Taylor (back)

Limited practice
TE Garrett Celek (quadricep)
LB Reuben Foster (shoulder)
TE George Kittle (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Full participation
G Joshua Garnett (toe)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring, quadricep)
T Mike McGlinchey (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Packers practice report


Did not practice
TE Jimmy Graham (knee)
QB Aaron Rodgers (knee)

Limited practice
CB Jaire Alexander (groin)
WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring)
CB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring)
S Kentrell Brice (ankle)
WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)
G Justin McCray (shoulder)
LB Nick Perry (ankle)
S Jermaine Whitehead (back)

Full participation
CB Kevin King (chin)

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. 

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

The 2018 NFL season was one every Bay Area fan would like to forget. Both the 49ers and Raiders ended the season with 4-12 records, as they each secured a top-five pick in the NFL draft.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared his predictions for the most improved organizations in 2019 and both the 49ers and Raiders made the cut.

The 49ers top Jeremiah's board with the promise of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being healthy for training camp and an offseason that saw them shore up an already strong defensive line group, signing Dee Ford to a long-term deal and drafting former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa No. 2 overall in April's draft.

The Raiders, meanwhile, sit third in Jeremiah's rankings after making some of their own splashy moves over the NFL offseason. Oakland acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers and also signed Vontaze Burfict, who was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro with the Bengals in 2013.

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It's hard to go anywhere but up for the Bay Area's NFL teams in 2019, but if Jeremiah's picks are accurate, there could be a lot more winning football coming to Northern California in the coming months.