SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers get linebacker Fred Warner back on the practice field Wednesday, but coach Kyle Shanahan is not expecting to work with two of his top wide receivers.
Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are not likely to practice on Wednesday, Shanahan said, as the 49ers begin preparations to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in the season opener.
Samuel underwent surgery in June to repair a fractured foot. He was activated off the non-football injury list on Saturday. Aiyuk, whom the 49ers chose with the No. 25 overall pick, has been out since Aug. 23 with a hamstring strain.
If Samuel and Aiyuk do not get a full week of practice, their availability for Sunday's game is in question. Center Ben Garland (ankle) is expected to see limited practice, while cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) is out, Shanahan said.
Warner returns to the team on Wednesday after going on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Aug. 31. He will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cardinals.
“Fred’s been as reliable of a player as we’ve had,” Shanahan said. “It’s great to get him back today. Obviously, we were pretty nervous about that. But he’s good to go and we’re very grateful he’s going to be here.”