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Sheesh. The shocking run of injuries has continued for the 49ers. They’ll lose at least another two players to injured reserve, and have two additional new injury concerns to deal with.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said center Ben Garland while be out “a while” with a calf strain and that Raheem Mostert suffered a high left ankle sprain and will “most likely” head to injured reserve.
Jeff Wilson Jr. is expected to be back this week after dealing with calf tightness, while Tevin Coleman “is a long shot” to come off injured reserve this week. Shanahan said he was also pleased with the performance of rookie JaMycal Hasty, saying, “the moment wasn’t too big for him… he gave us a little bit of spark and helped us out.”
What is “a while” for Garland? Unless Shanahan misspoke, it’s at least until Week 13. He said Weston Richburg, who was known to have undergone knee surgery on a torn patellar tendon, also had shoulder surgery, which was a “major setback.” Richburg won’t return “at least” until Week 12, according to Shanahan, and he said he hopes Hroniss Grasu, the third-string center, can hold down the job until Richburg’s return.
“Pretty fortunate to have him right now because he did a good job in Week 1,” Shanahan said. “He has played in this league and he’s going to get the reps because [Garland] is going to be gone for a while and, at least, probably holding down the role until Richburg gets back.”
Trent Williams, meanwhile, suffered an ankle sprain. He exited Sunday’s game with a potential head injury, but returned. He will have additional imaging done to assess the extent of the injury. Justin Skule is the backup swing tackle and would replace him.
Jaquiski Tartt suffered a groin strain, which will be re-evaluated later this week.