Both Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams will miss the 49ers' season finale due to injury, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.
The 49ers' decimated roster took another huge blow with two key offensive players out for their Week 17 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Aiyuk suffered a high ankle sprain in the 49ers' 22-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. Williams suffered an elbow sprain in the same contest that won’t require surgery, but will keep the left tackle off the field.
Aiyuk believes the sprain occurred on the third play of the game in conjunction with a dropped pass. The rookie played through the injury, but it continued to worsen as time went by. Shanahan was not awarer of the injury until Monday.
“The way it swelled up, he came in and said it hurt worse than he thought,” Shanahan said. “He just got an MRI and found out about the high ankle.”
In his 12 appearances, Aiyuk put together a stellar rookie season, catching 60 of his 96 targets for 748 yards and five touchdowns. He also was used in the run game, carrying the ball six times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
Aiyuk’s 748 receiving yards ranks third-most by a 49ers rookie, behind Jerry Rice in 1985 (927) and Deebo Samuel in 2019 (802).
The rookie previously missed the season opener with a hamstring injury, and two other contests while on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Williams has been a key component to the success of the 49ers' running game. He previously missed the team’s Week 9 game while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but has otherwise shown why he is an important target for the team to sign in the upcoming offseason.
Shanahan gave several other injury updates as the team prepares for their final contest of the season.
- WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
- CB Richard Sherman (calf)
- DL Jordan Willis (ankle)
Day to day:
- S Jimmie Ward (concussion protocol)
- DL Dion Jordan (knee)
- DL Javon Kinlaw (knee)
- S Tarvarius Moore (ankle)
- OL Justin Skule (knee)
Good to go:
- RB Jeff Wilson (stinger)
- DB K’Waun Williams (shin contusion)
The 49ers also made a few roster moves, placing offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu and long snapper Taybor Pepper on the reserve/COVID-19 list. They have activated running back Austin Walter and FB Josh Hokit (practice squad) from the reserve/COVID-19 list as well.