The 49ers have officially named their captains for the 2022 season.
During his Wednesday press conference, Kyle Shanahan announced George Kittle, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Jimmie Ward, and Fred Warner as team captains. The six received the most votes from teammates, with no input from the coaching staff.
One name not included was first-year quarterback Trey Lance. According to Shanahan, Lance finished seventh in the balloting and chose to go with only six.
While quarterbacks are usually captains of their team, the exclusion of Lance isn’t out of the ordinary for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo was not voted as team captain in 2018, his first year as the starting quarterback for San Francisco.
Whether he has the title or not, Lance will be looked upon as the leader of the offense. If everything goes as the 49ers expect, he will have the title of captain next season.
The week one injury report is out, and it includes two starters. George Kittle was held out of Wednesday’s practice due to a groin injury, and Kittle’s availability for Sunday against Chicago is in doubt. If he cannot go, it will mark the fourth year in a row in which the Pro Bowl tight end missed time, and Kittle has not played an entire season since 2018.
Meanwhile, Dre Greenlaw was a limited participant due to an elbow injury. He should be ready to go against the Bears.
Daniel Brunskill has been dealing with a hamstring since the preseason opener against Green Bay. He was held out of practice on Wednesday as well.
The 49ers made a few moves to their practice squad, signing tight end Troy Fumagalli and wide receiver Conor Wedington. To make room, the team released wide receiver Willie Snead IV.
The addition of Fumagalli gives San Francisco five tight ends between their active roster and practice squad. With George Kittle’s health issues, having an extra tight end available to pull up to the active roster could be important.