SANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo minced words on Wednesday about how much the Vikings’ defensive line could help the 49ers for Sunday’s home game.
“It’s a big advantage for us,” said Garoppolo, before paying enough respect to the Minnesota backup he will face at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
Among the Vikings’ defensive line this week are already Danielle Hunter (injured reserve), plus run stuffers Dalvin Tomlinson (COVID reserve) and Michael Pearce (injured reserve).
Then on Wednesday a more serious situation arose.
Vikings’ four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen posted a disturbing video on his social media account that showed him holding a handgun. He was needed by police and mental health counselors at his home on Wednesday before being taken to a health care facility. Three years ago, a mental health episode put his season on hold. Griffen’s forecast for this season, a secondary issue to his well-being, is unknown.
Sheldon Richardson remains at the Vikings front and ex-49ers prospect Eddie Yarbrough is on the way, but this is not the time to be caught up against a red-hot 49ers offensive line that paved the way for victories over the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville. Jaguar.
The Niners have run the ball more than 40 times in the last two games, using a mix of running backs with Elijah Mitchell and Trey Cerman with receiver Dibo Samuel in the backfield. He held the ball for at least 38 minutes and lapped more than 150 yards in each game.
“It’s unfortunate for them if they don’t have (injured players), but it doesn’t change what we’ve done,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of the Vikings defense.
Like the Vikings, the 49ers have injury concerns as Mitchell missed the Jacksonville game with finger and rib injuries. Third-down back JaMychal Hasty has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Mitchell was limited in practice on Wednesday while Hasty did not practice.
Garoppolo knows well enough to respect Minnesota upbringing.
“The people who are going in are not hooked,” said Garoppolo. “We have to be prepared for it. It’s that time of year: the next man up.
If only Garoppolo could be as vocal about his future.
Simply put, neither he nor Shanahan can answer outright on Wednesday whether the 49ers’ potential playoff charge gives Garoppolo a better shot at extending his term into 2022, delaying Trey Lance’s move to the starting role has been
“Honestly, with the possibilities, I try not to close any doors too early,” Garoppolo said. “We’ve got a lot going on with the season right now. If you think about those other things, you get distracted.
“When we cross that bridge, then we will assess everything.”
Actually. No one in the 49ers’ brass has ever ruled out a Garoppolo return, as thin as it may be, because who knows if there’s a deep playoff run, if the Lance doesn’t pan out, or if the teams will end the winter. If you call for it, what can happen?
For now, Shanahan said that things stand as they entered the season: Garoppolo charges until Lance can beat him, and he’s on the verge of being, so Shanahan isn’t “thinking much before that.” Is.”
“Anything has a chance,” Shanahan said. “But we’ve made it clear that Trey is our boy of the future, whenever that happens.”
Defensive end Dee Ford’s practice window opens on Thursday and the 49ers are planning to activate him from injured reserve for Sunday’s game, assuming Ford’s back cooperates.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw is also expected to return on Sunday. He continues to practice in an effort to return from his Week 1 groin injury.
Limited on Wednesday were Mitchell, cornerback Josh Norman (rib) and left guard Laken Tomlinson (ankle). Maurice Hurst (calf), who did not practice, had a hasty and defensive tackle.
Left tackle Trent Williams threw his way to a touchdown on Sunday, and it all went wrong this season for the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman. “He’s playing at an extremely high level this year,” Shanahan said. “I would say it’s probably the best year, for Trent, so far, in terms of consistency and playing to that level every week.
Williams, 33, is in his 11th season. “Usually as you get older, the talent goes away and you can still execute with knowledge and experience, but I see the same talent and he has a lot more years of experience,” Shanahan said. said.
key sack streak
Defensive end Arden Key said he was not aware that his three sacks in the last three matches matched his total sacks for the last three seasons with the Raiders. “I lost a little bit of confidence early on,” Key said of her career path. “After my success at LSU, being talked about (eventually as a third-round pick), then the first two years in the league, not really Arden’s nap, it did something for me. But I Keep fighting, keep working and now I am here.”
hall of fame quote
Four of the 26 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame are former 49ers: Aquan Bouldin (first year of eligibility), Ricky Waters (second time semifinalist), Bryant Young (2020 finalist, third time semifinalist) and Patrick Willis. (Semifinalists in all three years of eligibility). The list will be collated with the 15 finalists in early January.
pro bowl leaders
Defensive end Nick Bossa and fullback Kyle Juszcic are the only 49ers leading in their respective NFC positions in Pro Bowl voting.