Jimmie Ward is injured again.
The 49ers’ projected starter at free safety broke his finger at practice on Wednesday and will not practice Thursday, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh confirmed during his press conference. The injury likely puts Ward in question for San Francisco’s opener vs. the Bucs in Tampa Bay on Sunday, but Saleh “hasn’t gotten full word” on Ward’s timetable as of yet.
Saleh said he “hasn’t gotten full word” on Jimmie Ward’s availability/timetable yet #49ers
— Jake Hutchinson (@hutchdiesel) September 5, 2019
Ward, 28, has been plagued by injuries throughout his young career, appearing in just 51 games over the past five seasons since being drafted 30th overall in 2014. Ward has been a favorite of both John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan and various other 49ers coaching staffs, and is expected to be the team’s primary single high safety this season.
The 49ers signed Ward to a one-year, $4.5 million prove-it deal this offseason. This story will be updated as more information is gathered.