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49ers-Cowboys injury report: Williams cleared to go to Garoppolo but linebackers doubtful

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers have listed four players as suspects for their playoff opener in Dallas, leaving Trent Williams and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo among the suspects.

Williams, who made the First Team All-Pro on Friday, is fully expected to face the Cowboys after an elbow sprain that ruled them out of the 49ers’ regular-season finale against the Rams.

After practicing all Wednesday for the first time since a sprained December 23, Garoppolo will start his second straight game despite a torn ligament in his right thumb.

The suspects are punter Mitch Wishnowski (concussion), safety Talanoa Hufanga (groin) and linebackers Aziz Al-Shayer (knee) and Marcel Harris (Achilles). Al-Shair did not participate in Friday’s walk-through. Coach Kyle Shanahan said if there are no symptoms on Saturday, Vishnovsky can clear through concussion protocol.

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Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who became emotional about his possible departure a year ago in free agency, has felt similar feelings late in the season about Garoppolo’s uncertain future.

Juszczyzk was forced to indicate to Garoppolo before the previous game that this might be their last game together, assuming the 49ers part with their quarterback in favor of Trey Lance the following season. “I didn’t know when was the right time to say something,” Juszczyk recalled of Saturday’s moment. “At the end of the day, he has been my quarterback for five years and I want to let him know that I appreciate him. During all the ups and downs, he has been such a professional and friend.

“When he hits Deebo down the aisle to put us in position (for a game-tying touchdown drive on Sunday), I’m like, ‘Whoa, look at Jim up to the plate, his back against the wall. With, can he have his last pass as a Niner, and he delivers. I’m proud to see what he’s doing.”

This includes how Garoppolo has handled Lance’s appearance from day one. “It’s never been weird. Both have motivated themselves to play at a higher level,” Juszyk said. “Personally, we don’t talk about it too much. There are times we’re too immersed in it, but we don’t take it too far because we don’t want to get emotional. We’ve been playing together for so long and mean so much to each other that we’ve avoided the subject.”

Juszczyk, by the way, preferred to serve as an emergency holder in the previous game, saying that in high school he thought he would make it to the NFL as a holder, thinking it was a special position. “I actually thought I was pretty good at it,” Juszcic recalled. “Growing up, my brother was a tall snapper and that’s what we did in the back yard, he snapped and I caught up.” (Vishnoski will resume that role on Sunday if he is relieved of concussion protocol.)

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Williams’ return

Nickel-back Ke’Vaughn Williams has practiced throughout the week and is expected to play. He missed the last game after spending the last five days on COVID reserve.

Shanahan said, “Ka’von is a very meticulous and a regimented guy and there were a lot of things he missed and his body just didn’t feel right.” “And the position we were in, he didn’t think it was right for him to leave. … so we fully supported him and this was the next guy and we needed many of them. ,

team mindset

After 17 games (overtime on Sundays), how tired are the 49ers? It is not enough to tamper with their confidence and goals.

“Most of the teams in the playoffs are pretty confident right now and we are no different,” Shanahan said. “We felt real confidence going into Tennessee and had a tough loss. We played well against Houston and took confidence in LA, thought it was going to be a playoff game and it just gave us more battle-testing for now.” ”

Dibo Samuel said: “The mindset of the team is: win or go home. What are you ready to do for the guy next to you? There is a great bond and brotherhood between us. I don’t want this to be the last time I’ve worn a uniform with all these people. ,

Cannon return?

Special-teams ace Trenton Cannon practices this week for the first time since his injury on December 5 at the opening kickoff in Seattle. “He’s fine in health,” Shanahan said. “Mentally, it was good to practice and feel comfortable. He’s definitely an option for us.” The cannon would have to be activated from the injured reserve by 1 pm on Saturday.

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Linebacker Keanu Neal (chest, elbow) was ruled out after missing his last two drills, and safety Israel Mukumu (hamstring) went on injured reserve.

Running back, Tony Pollard (leg) and left tackle Tyron Smith (knee, ankle) are all set to play.

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