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Jimmie Ward Questionable, Reuben Foster Out vs. Seahawks

Although San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Aug. 23, he has been limited at practice.

Kyle Shanahan spoke with the media this week and is hopeful the safety will make his season-debut this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I know he's gotten better each day at practice. I feel like he's had his best day today," Shanahan said on Friday. "He's definitely questionable for the game. I'm hoping for the best come Sunday.

"I think you always have to be careful with a hamstring. I definitely agree that all the skill guys and the people that have to cover more ground, those hamstrings tend to go faster than guys that stay more between the hashes. All 11 guys out there have to run a lot. Definitely for a middle-third player like Jimmie, he's going to be numbers to numbers all day. You have to wait till it's 100 percent. You always want to go play when a guy is 90 percent, we'd love to get him out there. But we don't want to have him to go out for a few of plays and miss him for another month."

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Jaquiski Tartt got the start in the season opener in place of Ward. The third-year safety recorded seven tackles and his second-career interception on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Rookie Lorenzo Jerome, who played 12 snaps in Week 1, will look to gain additional reps behind Tartt on Sunday if Ward is indeed unable to play.

Reuben Foster is rehabbing a high-ankle sprain suffered during the first quarter of the season opener against the Panthers. The 49ers received a sigh of relief after a scary scene as the first-round pick was carted off the field.

"(49ers head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson) didn't give me an exact date because we don't know exactly with Reuben," Shanahan said. "We are going to put him in a boot here for a little bit. Those tend to be a month, a little more, but I can't put exactly a date on it. That's my experience with high ankle sprains."

Prior to his injury, Foster stood out in his NFL debut with three tackles and a near-interception on a pass breakup in just 11 snaps. While there is no exact timetable on Foster's return, Ray-Ray Armstrong is set to get the start in Week 2. San Francisco added depth at linebacker this week signing rookie Elijah Lee who the 49ers thought highly of during the draft process.

On Seattle's end, starting cornerback Richard Sherman did not practice in the beginning of the week and participated on a limited basis on Friday. Sherman is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury and outside linebacker Terence Garvin is doubtful heading into Sunday's contest.

The complete list of inactive players will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff on Sunday. Stay tuned to for updates.

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