Ahkello Witherspoon

49ers injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon, Joe Staley closest to return

49ers injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon, Joe Staley closest to return

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers do not expect to get any of their injured players back this week, but cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and left tackle Joe Staley are the closest to their returns.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday that Witherspoon, who sustained a foot sprain on Sept. 22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, could return as early as the team’s Oct. 27 game against the Carolina Panthers. Emmanuel Moseley has played well in place of Witherspoon.

Staley also is making good progress from a fractured left fibula that he sustained on Sept. 15 at Cincinnati. Staley might miss only two more games. Justin Skule has started three games in place of Staley.

“I’m still hoping for Arizona,” Shanahan said, referring to the possibility that Staley could return for the 49ers’ Oct. 31 game at the Arizona Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football."

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (hamstring) sustained injuries in the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday that will have them questionable entering Sunday’s game against Washington. Shanahan said both Samuel and Jones are day-to-day.

Cornerback Richard Sherman (shoulder stinger) and nickel back K’Waun Williams (hand) both checked out fine after the game. Both players should be available for practice on Wednesday.

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Here is the complete list of 49ers injured players and when they could be available to return (teams are allowed to bring back only two players per season off injured reserve):

CB Ahkello Witherspoon

Foot sprain, Sept. 22
Out: 4 weeks
Possible return: Oct. 27 vs. Carolina

OT Joe Staley

Fractured left fibula, Sept. 15
Out: 6 to 8 weeks
Possible return: Oct. 31 at Arizona

OT Mike McGlinchey

Knee cartilage, Oct. 7
Out: 4 to 6 weeks
Possible return: Nov. 11 vs. Seattle – Dec. 1 at Baltimore

FB Kyle Juszczyk

MCL sprain, Oct. 7
Out: 4 to 6 weeks
Possible return: Nov. 11 vs. Seattle – Dec. 1 at Baltimore

WR Trent Taylor

Foot surgery
Injured reserve: Before Week 3
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 17 vs. Arizona

WR Jalen Hurd

Stress reaction in back
Injured reserve: Before Week 5
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay

CB Jason Verrett

Injured reserve: Before Week 5
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay

DL Kentavius Street

Injured reserve: Before Week 1
Possible return: Any point after Oct. 31 vs. Arizona

TE Garrett Celek

Physically unable to perform
Possible return: After Week 6, the player must be allowed to return to practice, placed on injured reserved or released within five weeks. Once the player returns to practice, the team has three weeks to decide to place him on the active roster or on the injured reserve list.

49ers injury report: Nick Bosa, Jimmie Ward full practice participants

49ers injury report: Nick Bosa, Jimmie Ward full practice participants

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive back Jimmie Ward are completely off the 49ers' injury reports for the first time this season.

Bosa did not miss any of the first three games as he nursed an ankle injury, while Ward sat out the first three games after undergoing surgery to repair his broken right ring finger. Both are fully recovered from their injuries and have been full participants at practice this week.

Bosa is likely to get his second start of the season Monday night when the 49ers face the Cleveland Browns, as defensive end Dee Ford did not practice Thursday or Friday. Ford has been managing a quadriceps condition and knee tendinitis.

Left tackle Joe Staley (fibula) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) are expected to miss multiple games. Justin Skule will make his second start at left tackle, while Emmanuel Moseley takes over for Witherspoon.

The 49ers have not stated what Ward’s role will be against the Browns, but defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said he remains firm in his belief that Ward is one of the team’s best 11 defensive players. The 49ers have a decision to make whether to start Ward or Tarvarius Moore at free safety.

“I do believe he is still one of the best 11,” Saleh said. ‘His versatility allows us the ability to use him in many different ways, and I guess everyone will find out on Monday.”

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Running back Tevin Coleman went through a second day of limited work after missing the past two games with a high left ankle sprain. It remains uncertain if Coleman will be available to play against the Browns.

Cleveland, meanwhile, appears as if its depth at cornerback will be tested. Starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams have not practiced this week due to hamstring injuries.

Browns wide receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are expected to play. Beckham has been bothered by a hip condition, while Landry on Friday cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. Beckham and Landry took part in full practice.

49ers participation report

Did not practice
DE Dee Ford (quadricep)
T Joe Staley (fibula)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)

RB Tevin Coleman (ankle)

Browns participation report

Did not practice
LB Willie Harvey (shoulder)
T Kendall Lamm (knee)
CB Denzel Ward (hamstring)
CB Greedy Williams (hamstring)

S Morgan Burnett (quadricep)
WR Rashard Higgins (knee)
T Christopher Hubbard (foot)
S Sheldrick Redwine (hamstring)

Full participation
WR Odell Beckham (hip)
WR Jarvis Landry (concussion, shoulder)
K Austin Seibert (right hip)

Nick Bosa, now fully healthy, absent from 49ers' Week 5 injury report

Nick Bosa, now fully healthy, absent from 49ers' Week 5 injury report

Nick Bosa hoped his nagging ankle injury would be an "afterthought" coming out of the 49ers' Week 4 bye. It appears that is precisely what has occurred, as San Francisco's rookie defensive end is absent from the injury report for the first time all season.

That's right. Of the four names listed on the 49ers' Week 5 injury report, none of them were Bosa's. Running back Tevin Coleman, who is returning from a multi-week absence due to an ankle injury, was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, while defensive end Dee Ford, offensive tackle Joe Staley and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon did not participate.

Despite playing at less than 100 percent throughout San Francisco's 3-0 start, Bosa has been tremendously impactful on the 49ers' defensive line, even if his counting stats don't back it up.

Yes, he only has one sack through the first three games, but he leads San Francisco with 17 quarterback pressures. Additionally, heading into the bye week, he had the best pass-rushing productivity grade in the entire NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Bosa has been improving with each week. He is coming off his best performance yet in which he tallied a team-high seven quarterback pressures, the most of any player during Kyle Shanahan's tenure as 49ers head coach.

Now fully healthy, there's no reason to expect the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to slow down. In fact, he might just speed up.

The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco's Week 5 opponent, have struggled to protect the quarterback this season, allowing 12 sacks so far (tied for seventh-most in the NFL). In the month that follows, Bosa will go up against the leaky offensive lines of the Rams, Washington, the Panthers and Cardinals, each of whom is average at best.

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Bosa's improved health should also allow the 49ers to be more cautious with Ford. In the event Ford is not ready to go on Monday night, and enhanced Bosa is about as good of a replacement as you could ask for.

Bosa has lived up to his lofty draft status over his first few weeks in the NFL. Now he's in position to surpass it.