SANTA CLARA, CA – The short-handed San Francisco 49ers won’t be as thin for Sunday’s match against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Niners performed a series of moves on Saturday afternoon, expanding the active roster with nine players through four routes.
The most notable were the activation of corner defender Richard Sherman (calf) and the activation of running back Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. from injured reserve, both of whom dealt with high ankle sprains.
San Francisco also activated left-wing team Trent Williams and linebacker Joe Walker from the reserve / COVID-19 list. These few steps are a bit surprising one day after coach Kyle Shanahan said he thinks there’s an outside chance that Williams is active on. However, both players are considered questionable if they play against the Rams after not practicing all week.
Williams, who gave a positive result for COVID-19 last week, was considered a high risk because of his cancer survivor status, but was able to pass protocols to be removed so he could return.
In addition, the 49ers activated defensive striker Alex Barrett from the practice team and striker Tony Bergstrom and strikers Darrion Daniels and Willie Henry Jr. as substitutes for COVID-19.
Of the nine 49 people who started the week on the reserve / COVID-19 list, five have now activated five. Defensive gear DJ Jones, broad buyer Brandon Aiyuk, defensive end Jordan Willis and tight-lipped Daniel Helm remain on this list.
Since the moving pieces and three players – linebackers Azeez Al-Shaair and Dre Greenlaw, as well as tight-lipped Jordan Reed – were questionable due to illnesses that prevented them from practicing at the end of the week, the Niners were limited to walking. every week except this week through rehearsals.
“On Wednesday, I thought we were having a great practice, a lot of energy, especially for the time we were outside,” Shanahan said. “I thought the guys couldn’t wait to get started. It was a huge challenge on the D-line, just because the D-linemen of our four scout teams had to go through the whole practice in both directions, just because the guys were missing.
“Everyone else thought it was a little fairer. So, I really loved Wednesday. But on Thursday, when we lost those other guys, they just became transparent and stuff. The guys were in it, locked up, but I wish we could get more out of it, but now these were the circumstances. “