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As the 49ers head East ahead of their matchup with the New England Patriots, they’ll do so without both of their starting safeties and with Raheem Mostert out for the foreseeable future.
Injuries: Safeties out, Mostert to IR
- Raheem Mostert (high left ankle sprain) will be placed on injured reserve on Friday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said. Tevin Coleman has “an outside chance” to return next week, but will likely not return until Week 9 or 10.
- Jimmie Ward suffered a quad strain in practice on Thursday and along with starting safety partner Jaquiski Tartt, will not play Sunday. Shanahan said it was given a tear severity grade of 1.5 and he won’t travel with the team to New England. It’s unclear if he’s a concern to be placed on injured reserve.
- Kwon Alexander (ankle) is also out on Sunday. It’s unclear if he’ll be placed on injured reserve.
- Both Trent Williams (ankle sprain) and Jeff Wilson Jr. (calf) are listed as questionable for Sunday’s context.
Yes, Dante Pettis is on the block
Shanahan confirmed the 49ers are looking at trading Dante Pettis. He didn’t really shy away from the question and framed his answer almost like there’s a chance Pettis stays, rather than there being a chance he gets traded.
Pettis, the team’s second-round pick they traded up for in 2018, has regressed since his rookie year. Despite a solid training camp, he started just the season opener and discernibly has no future with the team after being active for two-straight games. He has zero catches this season.
Shanahan confirmed the trade discussions.
“I know John’s taken a number of calls on it,” Shanahan said. “I know he’s made some. That’s stuff that we do right now and we’ll see if it can help us, and if it does, we won’t hesitate to do it but nothing’s imminent. Dante is a part of our team and there’s a good chance he can still stay a part of our team and if he does, when his number’s needed and he gets his opportunity I plan on him being ready.”