The 49ers’ nonsensical, 37-34 overtime win over the Las Vegas Raiders came with some consequences. Left guard Aaron Banks and Dre Greenlaw — both of whom received legitimate Pro Bowl consideration — departed Sunday’s contest with injuries.
After the game, Kyle Shanahan provided updates on both.
Banks’ injury is perhaps more concerning. Shanahan said he suffered a likely MCL sprain in his right knee and would undergo an MRI.
The severity of that injury is fairly wide-ranging. Elijah Mitchell has suffered two MCL sprains this season, with six-to-eight-week timelines given for both. Kevin Givens suffered an MCL sprain on December 4 and is expected back for the start of the playoffs. Colton McKivitz suffered an MCL sprain on October 3 and returned to practice on November 7.
What is evident is that Banks is likely to miss some of the playoffs, unless it’s a very minor MCL injury. Daniel Brunskill would take over in his stead, as he did Sunday.
The other injury from Sunday was to Dre Greenlaw. He suffered a back injury in a friendly fire incident with Fred Warner, who came in diving late on a group tackle, hitting Greenlaw in his back and side.
Neither Banks nor Greenlaw were given timelines until they undergo further testing, Shanahan said.