Dee Ford hasn't played since the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 24, and it sounds like he won't see the field again this season.
Ford's 21-day practice window ends on Wednesday. The 49ers would then have to place him on the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Coach Kyle Shanahan on Monday made it sound like the latter most likely will happen.
"We'll see what goes. That's something that I never can predict, but I'll be surprised if he's back," Shanahan said. "I think we'll just have to continue playing without him."
The 49ers signed Ford to a five-year, $85 million contract after acquiring him for a second-round draft pick ahead of the 2019 season. He has played just six games this season and has recorded three sacks and four QB hits. Ford only played one game last season. He appeared in 11 games but was limited to injuries and finished the regular season with 6.5 sacks.
The only injury Shanahan reported from the 49ers' 26-23 overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals was an ankle sprain to Fred Warner. Shanahan expects Warner to be OK going forward, though he couldn't guarantee Warner would play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I expect him to be," Shanahan said when asked if Warner would be ready for next game. "But you never know. It wan't a high-ankle sprain, it was a low-ankle sprain. He did go back and finish the game. I expect him to be fine, but we'll see as the week plays out."
Warner recorded seven tackles and one QB hit in the 49ers' win.
As far as linebacker Dre Greenlaw goes, Shanahan didn't seem too optimistic that Greenlaw would return soon from his groin injury.
"He has a chance but it's been bothering him all year," Shanahan said. "We got two games here in the next 10 days, so we'll see what he does on the field today and tomorrow and if we get a chance to get him in practice this week then he will have a chance, but I'm not counting on it.
"I hope it does happen."
The 49ers face the Falcons at Levi's Stadium on Sunday before a quick turnaround on the road against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Dec. 23.