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49ers practice report: Raheem Mostert day-to-day for Washington game

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49ers practice report: Raheem Mostert day-to-day for Washington game

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers added just one player to the Week 7 injury report ahead of Sunday's game in Washington. Raheem Mostert is day-to-day with a knee strain, according to the team.

Without any setbacks, the players who were active in the 49ers' Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Rams likely will see the field again in Washington. 

Injured left tackle Joe Staley pushed a weighted sled on the adjoining field near the 49ers' weight room during Wednesday's practice, indicating that his recovery from a broken fibula is on schedule. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he believes Staley could play as soon as Halloween against the Arizona Cardinals 

49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who has missed the last two games with a strained foot, is projected to return in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers. Before each of the last two games, Witherspoon threw the ball around with the 49ers' wide receivers during warmups. 

49ers practice report 

Did Not Practice
DT DeForest Buckner (vet day)
DT D.J. Jones (hamstring)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
TE George Kittle (groin)
T Mike McGlinchey (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
WR Deebo Samuel (groin)
T Joe Staley (fibula)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)

Limited
DE Dee Ford (quadricep)
CB K'Waun Williams (hand)

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Washington practice report

Did Not Practice
QB Case Keenum (right shoulder/foot)
S Deshazor Everett (ankle) 
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)
G Wes Martin (chest)
CB Josh Norman (thigh/hand) 
RB Adrian Peterson (quad) 
RB Chris Thompson (toe)

Limited
TE Vernon Davis (concussion)
T Donald Penn (not injury related) 

How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action

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How Seahawks' Russell Wilson beat 49ers' pass rush with play-action

The 49ers got to Russell Wilson in Monday night's 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson was sacked a season-high five times at Levi's Stadium, posting his second-worst passer rating of 2019 (86.9) and a season-low 43.6 QBR. He also threw his second interception of the season and fumbled for the first time since Week 4. 

Yet Wilson did just enough to remain effective in spite of that pressure, showing why he is an MVP frontrunner when he led the Seahawks to their game-winning field-goal drive in overtime. Wilson also employed plenty of misdirection to keep the 49ers' dominant pass rush at bay, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. 

On the season, the 49ers have pressured QBs on 29.7 percent of dropbacks. That 17 percent pressure rate on play-action plays would be 30th-best in the NFL if extended over a full season, just behind the Cincinnati Bengals (17.1 percent) and just ahead of the Oakland Raiders (15.9 percent). 

For reference, those two teams have combined for five fewer sacks (30) than the 49ers have all season. 

Wilson's play-action success could give opposing teams something of a blueprint, and that could trip up the 49ers in their own division down the stretch. In addition to playing the Seahawks once more, the 49ers will also play the Los Angeles Rams in Week 16 at Levi's. Rams coach Sean McVay loves using play-action, and the Rams were far more efficient last season on play-action passes than traditional ones. The Rams have taken a step back this season and the 49ers kept LA's offense in check in Week 6, but play-action remains a big part of the Rams' offense and the 49ers will have to be ready for it.

[RELATED: 49ers ready to focus on Cardinals after tough Seahawks loss]

It doesn't stop with the Seahawks and Rams. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is known for his play-action abilities, too, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers also have been better in play-action this season. The 49ers play Green Bay and Arizona in each of the next two weeks. 

San Francisco has a difficult slate of QBs remaining on its schedule, including ones who succeed where Wilson did Monday night. That's one additional area the 49ers will have to shore up down the stretch. 

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick informs teams of private workout Saturday

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick informs teams of private workout Saturday

Colin Kaepernick continues to show NFL teams his desire to extend his football career. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that NFL teams were informed the former 49ers quarterback will hold a private workout Saturday in Atlanta. Kaepernick will showcase his current shape and football skills, as well as answer any questions. 

All NFL teams have been invited to attend, according to Schefter, and video of the workout and interview will be made available to every franchise.

Kaepernick himself confirmed the workout, tweeting that he has been "ready for this for 3 years."

Later Tuesday afternoon, Schefter added more details about the workout, which includes some odd stipulations.

Kaepernick, 32, last played in the NFL in 2016 with the 49ers. The six-year pro began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason to protest racial and social injustices, as well as police brutality to African Americans. 

Kaepernick underwent shoulder surgery going into the 2016 season and had to work his way back to health. He appeared in 12 games that season -- starting 11 -- and threw 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. Kaepernick also added two more touchdowns on the ground.

The former 49ers QB threw for 2,241 yards and rushed for another 468 the last time he played in the NFL. Kaepernick has 12,271 career passing yards, 2,300 career rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns over his six-year career. 

[RELATED: Kaepernick's agents give statement on NFL teams' lack of contact]

In February, Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick's protest by kneeling as well in 2016, resolved their pending grievances against the NFL. Reid currently is in his second season with the Carolina Panthers. He continues to kneel during the anthem. 

Kaepernick has posted videos to social media of his workouts, and his representatives told ESPN he has been "working out five days a week, for three years, in preparation to play again."