The San Francisco 49ers returned to the practice field Thursday afternoon in Santa Clara as they begin preparations for an important game against the Los Angeles Rams. The winner of Monday’s matchup will leave with lead in the NFC West.
Daniel Brunskill returned to practice on Thursday after missing time with a hamstring injury. He has played every position along the offensive line since joining the 49ers in 2019.
While San Francisco got Brunskill back, Arik Armstead continues to miss practice with a foot injury. The injury kept Armstead out of the lineup on Sunday night. Kyle Shanahan said he is hopeful Armstead will be able to play Monday night.
Joining Armstead on the sidelines for Thursday’s practice were Ty Davis-Price, Tyler Kroft, Ross Dwelley, Trent Williams, Azeez Al-Shaair, Ross Dwelley, Javon Kinlaw, and Danny Gray.
According to the team, Kinlaw missed practice due to a knee injury and Gray was held out with a hip injury. No further information was provided.
Running Backs Jordan Mason and Austin Mack played only five snaps against Denver. According to Kyle Shanahan both are as ready as can be and their lack of snaps was due to the offenses inability to stay on the field.
San Francisco signed Tevin Coleman to the practice squad last week. Had the game not been at altitude in Denver it was likely he would have been active Sunday night. Something to keep an eye on this week.
San Francisco will face a different opponent on Monday night; however, the Rams defense will look familiar to them.
Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles all play similar defensive fronts and coverages. Of course, the Rams will be familiar with the 49ers as well. The chess match will be fascinating to watch unfold.
The 49ers defense has forced the most three and outs in the NFL this year. Of the 49ers 34 defensive series, 15 (44.1%) have resulted in a three and out.
In addition to the three and outs, the San Francisco defense has allowed only 28 points so far this season.
The offense needs to catch up.