The San Francisco 49ers held their final practice ahead of their first exhibition contest against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday. Following Thursday’s session, head coach Kyle Shanahan gave injury updates on several members of the 49ers heading into the preseason opener. Here are the takeaways from the day.
1. Nick Bosa will not be on hand in the preseason after suffering a “significant” ankle injury on Wednesday. Shanahan said the 49ers are hoping for a Week 1 return for the rookie defensive lineman.
2. Jason Verrett, who left practice early on Wednesday as well with an ankle injury, will also miss the preseason, per Shanahan.
3. Jerick McKinnon experienced soreness in his knee following his first two practices since being activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. McKinnon will have a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and is expected to miss at least two weeks. The 49ers are hoping the running back will be available for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8. However, Shanahan said the team will “be patient” with his return.
4. Cornerback K’Waun Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery this week. The team is hopeful he’ll be available in time for Week 1 of the regular season.
5. During 11-on-11 work, Deebo Samuel took an end around from Nick Mullens for a 60-yard touchdown. The receiver cut back and found an open lane through the secondary for the score.
6. Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw made back-to-back run stops during full team work.
7. Mullens found George Kittle wide open across the middle for a 30-plus yard gain during 11-on-11 drills.
8. During full-team red zone drills, Emmanuel Moseley had a big PBU in the end zone on a pass intended for Kittle. Solomon Thomas brought the pressure on the play.
9. On a pass intended for Trent Taylor, Tarvarius Moore undercut the route and came down with an interception during red zone work. Thomas was also credited for a pressure on the play.
10. Moore also broke up a deep pass intended for Kittle during the “move-the-ball” period. Jimmy Garoppolo placed the ball perfectly within the tight end’s reach, before Moore was able to swat the ball in the end zone.
11. Garoppolo and Mullens both led scoring drives during the team’s two-minute drill. Here are takeaways from both drives:
- Mullens kicked off the series with a completion to Samuel and three to Jalen Hurd, including a deep pass down the left side of the field for a 20-plus yard pickup. On the 15 yard line, the quarterback found tight end Kaden Smith for the contested score.
- Garoppolo drove down the field with completions to Kittle, Tevin Coleman, Dante Pettis and a fourth down reception by Jordan Matthews to move the chains. With :04 seconds left inside the 10-yard line, the quarterback found Taylor in the middle of the end zone to cap off the drive.
12. Adrian Colbert notched two PBU’s during red zone action.
13. Taylor had himself a day, connecting with Garoppolo on two of his three touchdowns during red zone action.