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49ers expect all but two players to be available for action in Week 1


49ers expect all but two players to be available for action in Week 1

SANTA CLARA – As the 49ers were set to hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon for their first full workout to prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only two players were being held out due to injuries.

Wide receivers Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) were not scheduled to practice, and neither is expected to be available for the season opener on Sunday. Both players are expected to be ready for action early in the regular season.

Left tackle Joe Staley, 35, was scheduled to sit out practice on Wednesday -- a luxury afforded to a 13-year professional.

Some of the team’s other players who experienced physical conditions that limited them for some or all of the preseason were scheduled to go through limited work, including defensive end Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall draft pick. Bosa sustained a right ankle sprain on Aug. 7 and came back to practice on Monday.

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Each of the players who were limited in practice on Wednesday have a strong chance to be available to face the Buccaneers in Week 1.

49ers do not expect Trent Taylor or Jalen Hurd to be ready for Week 1

49ers do not expect Trent Taylor or Jalen Hurd to be ready for Week 1

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers do not expect two of their top receivers to be available for the start of the regular season.

Slot receiver Trent Taylor, who underwent surgery on his right foot three weeks ago, and rookie Jalen Hurd, whose back condition has kept him out for two weeks, are unlikely to be in uniform when the 49ers open the season Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hurd, the 49ers’ third-round draft pick, got off to a good start in training camp.

He caught two touchdown passes in the team’s preseason opener on Aug. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys. But a back condition limited him to just eight snaps on Aug. 19 at Denver. He has not practiced or played the past two weeks.

“It’s a little more serious than we thought,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Hurd after the team’s preseason finale on Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers. “Still don’t know for sure, but we thought we would have a better chance at Tampa, and now that’s not looking as good.”

Shanahan said he did not believe the 49ers would be forced to place Hurd or Taylor on injured reserve. The 49ers will likely keep both on the 53-man roster, which might force them to keep a seventh wide receiver for at least the early portion of the season.

“There’s a lot of things up in the air, especially with some of these injuries that have been a little more serious that we’ve found out over the last week than we thought previously,” Shanahan said. “It still is up in the air. We’ve got to decide on whether we’re going to go with six, whether we’re going to go with seven and it’s something we are going to be looking into hard over these next 48 hours.”

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The 49ers – and all NFL teams – must reduce their 90-man roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players by the deadline on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can play in this league,” Shanahan said this week. “We have dealt with some injuries. We know we lost Trent. We’ll see if he’s ready for Week 1, but (that’s) highly unlikely. We know we haven’t had Hurd the last couple weeks. He’s definitely made a run, so that’s changed some stuff missing both of those two.”

49ers' Kentavius Street 'most likely' headed for injured reserve


49ers' Kentavius Street 'most likely' headed for injured reserve

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Kentavius Street is likely to miss his second full NFL season after being a fourth-round selection of the 49ers in the 2018 draft.

Street will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, and coach Kyle Shanahan said the most likely scenario is he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

“We haven’t decided that for sure, but it’s definitely the most likely,” Shanahan said on Tuesday.

Street sustained a torn ACL during a pre-draft workout with the New York Giants in the spring of 2018. The 49ers still selected him in the fourth round of the draft. He spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list.

His best game of the preseason came Aug. 19 against the Denver Broncos, where he had five tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing 43 snaps.

“He’s battled through his knee all year,” Shanahan said. “He’s had some knee tendinitis throughout camp – a little similar to Dee Ford. He’s been trying to battle through it and get a spot here. We decided (Monday) that he can’t do it any more.”

Shanahan provided other injury updates:

--It is uncertain whether rookie receiver Jalen Hurd (back) will be available for the season opener on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “I wouldn’t have thought that a week ago but it’s still lingering and it’s definitely legit, so, we are going to rest it again this whole week and then we will probably reassess it on Monday and see where he’s at.”

--Wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) is “highly unlikely” to be available to play in the season opener, Shanahan said. Taylor underwent surgery three weeks ago to repair a broken right foot.

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--Center Weston Richburg (knee and quad) participated in approximately 15 practice snaps the past two days after being activated off the physically unable to perform list. He will not play Thursday night against the Los Angeles Chargers and could be available for Week 1.

--Running back Jerick McKinnon practiced Tuesday and will not play Thursday. The 49ers are still hopeful McKinnon will be available to play at or near the beginning of the regular season.