49ers receive some positive injury news

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and defensive end Nick Bosa take part in drills at an NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)

After having four players unable to practice on Wednesday, the 49ers’ participation report today showed a positive trend as only one player was unable to participate. This news was especially positive for a couple of important members of the defense: Javon Kinlaw and Emmanuel Moseley.

Kinlaw was a limited participant in Friday’s practice for the second day in a row. This is a step in the right direction for Kinlaw, who is being listed as questionable for Sunday after being listed as doubtful on the Friday practice report prior to week one.

Kyle Shanahan was asked about how Kinlaw looked, “He had a good practice and we’ll see how he feels after it, how he looks tomorrow. But most of this was half speed and we’ve got one full speed period, but he looked good and made it through it.”

Plane flights have been an issue for Kinlaw, this was a cause of swelling in his knee when he reported for training camp. With the 49ers set to fly from West Virginia to Philadelphia for tomorrow that is something to keep an eye on along with how the knee continues to respond from practice activity.

“Yeah, it’s each day. When he does a little work and seeing how he reacts the next day. So, he got a lot in yesterday. It was great today. Was on his feet most of the day today,” said Shanahan. “We’ll fly out there tomorrow and we’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”


Having Kinlaw back in the middle could help a 49ers defense that gave up a number of big runs to the Lions last Sunday.


The other positive news coming out of 49ers’ practice today was the return of Emmanuel Moseley to practice. Although Moseley is listed as doubtful to play on Sunday, this marked the first time the cornerback has been listed as a participant in practice in two weeks.


In other injury news, defensive end Arik Armstead and linebacker Marcell Harris are listed as questionable for Sunday. After undergoing surgery yesterday, linebacker Dre Greenlaw is out. Expect word on a roster move regarding Greenlaw prior to the game on Sunday.

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  1. They may bring up Nathan Gerry from the PS to face his old team.
    I don’t think a short flight from WVa to PA will be much of a problem for Kinlaw. It’s the 4-5 hour flights that can be a problem. Even if he’s feeling well and plays, depending on the level of inflammation, the tendinitis can flare up a day or two later. The goal is probably bring down the inflammation to manageable level, like in the case of McGlinchy… If he plays Kinlaw will probably be on a snap count even only playing base downs, I’d guess.

  2. Yeah, I guess that’s good news about Kinlaw and Moseley but I think today was the day to see if they can go this weekend. Still very questionable about whether Kinlaw will play. I’m more concerned about the long term availability of Kinlaw. He had major injury red flags coming out of college. Hip surgery in 2018 and then knee tendinitis that impacted him several times including at the Senior Bowl and at the Combine. Seems like he’s exceptionally talented but he may be one of these guys who will miss a lot of time intermittently throughout his career. The 49ers need him this weekend. The Eagles have some talent on offense and a pretty good run game. With all of their offensive weapons and missing Dre Greenlaw the 49er d-line play could decide this game. 49ers need to be able to control the run game and rush the passer with a 4 man front. Al-Shaair did have a pretty good game against the Lions but I think he’s one of those guys who isn’t very sound in his run fits. That D-line really must play well if the 49ers are going to win this weekend. They need a road block to clog up the middle to let the other guys get to the ball carrier. Hopefully Kinlaw will be that guy.

  3. Might be a good time to kick the tires on Micah Kiser off the Rams practice squad. There was a chance they were going to trade him before they stashed him. Now’s a good time as any to grab a capable LB with game experience that hasn’t hit his ceiling yet.

  4. Sorry , English not so good. I am immigrant and great fan of the NFL sport. I am for hoping the 49s bring Josh Norman up to the speed quickly. He is vast improvement over Dontae Johnson.

    49s baby.

    1. Welcome to America! My wife also had her oath ceremony in 2019 just prior to the pandemic. Cheers!

      As for Josh Norman, sorry to say but I don’t think he’s going to be an improvement over Dontae Johnson, and that is really not saying much.

      This team is now one significant OLine injury away from another throwaway season. Hopefully, like in the past, other younger guys step up. Greenlaw, Al Shaiir, etc come to mind.

      1. Thanks for most warm welcome. Your wife is most lucky woman. I have the hope you keep her at specified PSI.

        We have been around the proverbial block with DJ and the outcomes were poor. It is time to kick the tires on Norman. Oh, and Mr. smart man from America, would you not agree that every team is one significant injury away from a throwaway season.

        Go 49s

  5. Throwaway season? Such a defeatist attitude. Not surprising considering the blowout earlier this week.

    Have you been scanning the league injury reports? Many, many teams are suffering significant losses.

    1. All these injuries have me thinking about this issue. It’s no fun for the players or the fans. I hope the NFL studies this and maybe they can come up with recommendations that can reduce the injuries. I realize it’s a violet sport and their will be injuries. Heck, even I have a shoulder injury playing a much less demanding sport.

      1. Human bodies are so weird. I came down wrong, no contact, during a bball game and suffered a meniscus laceration aka trick knee. This happened decades ago. While no surgery was needed, the knee will still “pop out” if bent a certain way. Hurts like hell until I straighten the leg out and pop it back in. Therapy: don’t bend it that way!

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