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49ers-Rams Injuries: A question at corner



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There haven’t been too many injury questions for the 49ers in the early going. There will be exactly one on Sunday, in the defensive backfield.

While Dre Greenlaw missed practice on Wednesday with a groin injury, he was back in action on Thursday and Friday. Kyle Shanahan put his concerns to bed quickly, saying on KNBR on Thursday that Greenlaw would likely be fine for Sunday’s game.

Samuel Womack, though, will be out for a while.

Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Womack suffered an MCL injury at the end of practice on Wednesday and will be out likely six-to-eight weeks. He’ll be placed on injured reserve, which means another move is coming on Saturday.

Shanahan declined to say what that move would be, but San Francisco has Tre Swilling, Shemar Jean-Charles and Qwuantrezz Knight on the practice squad. Rookie corner Darrell Luter Jr. is on the physically unable to perform list, but Shanahan said he could be healthy around Week 5 or 6.

Knight showed some playmaking prowess in training camp and is well liked. Steve Wilks raved about him in camp, and he might be the favorite to get bumped to the active roster.

That is the sum total of the 49ers’ injury list. For the Rams, there are a few official question marks. The following four players are listed as questionable:

  • LB Ernest Jones (illness)
  • WR Puka Nacua (oblique)
  • C Coleman Shelton (toe)
  • S Russ Yeast (knee)

All four, per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, are expected to play on Sunday. That’s major, given all four are starters. Jones is the Rams’ leading middle linebacker, and Nacua had a breakout, 10-catch, 119-yard performance in his debut against Seattle. With Cooper Kupp on injured reserve at least until Week 5, the Rams will need Nacua.