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John Lynch provides updates on statuses of 4 key players ahead of trip to Seattle

© Chris Pedota, NorthJ | 2020 Sep 20

49ers general manager John Lynch hopped on with Murph & Mac Friday morning and provided a handful of injury updates ahead of San Francisco’s huge matchup vs. the Seahawks this weekend.

Specifically Lynch broke down the statuses of Tevin Coleman, K’Waun Williams, Jordan Reed and Jimmie Ward. It sounds like Coleman and Williams have the best chances of returning, while Reed and Ward are more questionable.

On Coleman:

“Tevin’s looked good the first couple days of practice. That’s always a test. He’s coming off a three or four-week layoff. So when you’ve done that, not only how you practice but then how you respond is really important. So Wednesday he just got kind of introduced, did some individual drills. Yesterday, he got a heavy workload in practice. So a lot of that is how he’s going to respond, how his knee is going to respond today. So we’re hopeful with Tevin. We did open up his window, he’s been out there. It’s just kind of how he fares all the way up to Sunday. We are encouraged with the way the week’s gone. That’d be nice to have him in there.”

On Williams:

There’s a chance. He’s on the front burner on a low simmer. He’s been out here and he’s doing well. We’ve been picked up in a big way by the way Jamar Taylor’s – he’s the player of the week. Jamar’s the guy who got the defensive award last week. But having said that, I think we’ve all come to know K’Waun is a very instrumental player to what we do, the style we play with. He takes the ball away at a high rate, he competes at a high level.

K’Waun would be nice to have out there. He’s done a really good job in his rehab. His knee and hip were bothering him, but he’s done a really good job of getting all that out of there. He’s a lot like Tev. He practiced more yesterday, so a lot of it is to see how he fares coming out of that practice.

On Reed:

He’s looked good. Jordan, the little bit we’ve seen him, the guy’s a special athlete. I’ve always talked about how those guys tend to heal a little faster. So he has kind of beat the original prognosis with that MCL tear that he had and looking really good. He’s gone out there, I would say we were doubtful early in the week, but he’s looked good. We’ll just kind of see how that goes. That’s one that could go all the way up till pregame on Sunday… He’s trending in the right direction, not necessarily speaking towards this weekend, but in general, so we’re very encouraged. As for this weekend, I just don’t know. I do know he’s surprised us, how good he’s looked out there this week. He begged us to get out there on the practice field, the medical team cleared him and he’s done a good job this week.

On Ward:

He [practiced] in a limited fashion. Jimmie’s going to be like those other guys in that he’s fairly fresh off that injury. Jimmie is very eager to get out there, but we’ve got to make sure that he’s right. So, again, we’ll put him out there today provided he shows up here good this morning. Put him out there today and then really have a tough judgment, and one that could go right down to the wire because I think it was, geez, last Thursday that he hurt himself in practice. So have to make sure that that thing is properly healed.

Listen to the full interview below.


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