Left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker Azeez Al-Shamir were both injured in Sunday night’s loss to the Denver Broncos, putting them out for at least a month for the San Francisco 49ers.
After practice on Monday, head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that Williams would be sidelined for four to six weeks with a high right ankle sprain and that Al-Shaair could be out for eight weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.
Shanahan has stated that neither player is anticipated to need surgical intervention. Williams’ recovery timeline can be more precisely estimated if the swelling in his ankle subsides.
“The typical recovery period for sprained ankles is four to six weeks, but this time frame might be shorter or longer depending on the individual. lengthier; this is why we were unable to pin down a certain date “The statement was made by Shanahan.
To put it bluntly, “the jury is still out.” Williams’ edema is “very bad,” according to Shanahan, so the Niners won’t make a determination on IR status just yet. According to Shanahan, each team has a maximum of eight players who can go to injured reserve and return after four weeks.
And since the 49ers already have three players (running back Elijah Mitchell, safety Jimmie Ward, and end Jordan Willis) who might return off IR, and will probably use a fourth place on Al-Shaair, they’d rather not use Williams.
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We’re praying we don’t have to,” Shanahan added. “Only so many of those are available, so we need to preserve them. Let’s watch how things develop. We may have to make that choice if our preference ultimately lies with a more extended stay.”
Since Al-injury Shaair’s is similar to Mitchell’s in the Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears, his condition is easier to understand. similar to what Elijah did, Shanahan said. We gave Elijah a good amount of time, maybe around eight weeks.
Injuring Williams with 9:53 yet to play in the third quarter, Broncos defensive tackle D.J. Jones rolled into the back of Williams’ right leg. Williams denied the use of a trolley that had been brought out to transport him to the locker room, and instead limped to the tunnel with the assistance of Niners medical staff.
At the 4:43 mark of the second period, Al-Shaair went down with an injury. As a replacement for Williams, the Niners first turned to Jaylon Moore, a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NFL draught, but ultimately settled on Colton McKivitz, a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draught. According to Shanahan, McKivitz is next in line to replace Williams and would have started against the Broncos if not for his own ankle injury from last week’s practice.
After missing the first three games with a hamstring injury, lineman Daniel Brunskill is expected to return to practice this week for the 49ers. However, Shanahan has already said that Brunskill would not be considered to replace Williams.
Shanahan predicted that McKivitz would be leaving the team. “Had he not been hurt at practice last week, things would have gone more smoothly from the get-go. That’s what it’ll probably be, and if we’re lucky, I’ll come back and assist us out inside as well.” Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles replaced Al-Shaair against the Broncos and recorded three tackles in the team’s loss.