SANTA CLARA — Eleven days before their regular season opens in Detroit, the 49ers practiced Wednesday for the first time since shaving their active roster to 53 players. Here is what stood out:
TREY LANCE UPDATE
Rookie quarterback Trey Lance wore a wrap on his right index finger and did not throw a football during the media viewing window which lasted 20 minutes.
Lance did, however, suit up to simulate taking snaps. He visually went through progressions and mimicked throwing without ever holding a ball. On Sunday, he chipped a bone in his finger by jamming it on a Raiders’ helmet, and a week of rest remains the optimistic prognosis for it to heal.
Jimmy Garoppolo, the projected season-opening starter, threw passes alongside practice-squad signee Nate Sudfeld while Lance shadowed them.
As minor as Lance’s injury appears, it’s also the most notable one through training camp and the preseason as the 49ers enjoy much better health than last year’s injury-plagued season. Not one starter has sustained a season-ending injury, though ruled out for 2021 as it stands now are wide receiver Richie James Jr. (knee), linebacker Mychal Kendricks (toe) and offensive tackles Justin Skule (knee) and Shon Coleman (triceps).
AIYUK, HURD ISSUES
Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk watched practice (with a ball in his hand) and did not participate because of a slight hamstring strain last week.
Jalen Hurd, who’s been limited in his knee recovery the past month, warmed up on the side before team drills began.
So, handling most of the receiving duties were Deebo Samuel, Trent Sherfield, Mohamed Sanu, Jauan Jennings and River Cracraft.
Travis Benjamin ran on the side as he works through the concussion protocol. He and Cracraft were among 13 signed to the practice squad after Tuesday’s main-roster cuts.
The entire 49ers’ starting secondary now has changed to single-digit jersey numbers, with strong safety Jaquiski Tartt getting in the act and donning No. 3 after earlier switching his number this offseason from Nos. 29 to 26. Free safety Jimmie Ward is in No. 1 while cornerbacks Jason Verrett (No. 2) and Emmanuel Moseley (No. 4) also went the single-digit rout.
Running back Elijah Mitchell also changed up, going from Nos. 49 to 25.
Working on the side were linebacker Dre Greenlaw (hip), cornerback Dontae Johnson and defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Kevin Givens, the latter three of whom are dealing with undisclosed injuries.
Defensive linemen Nick Bosa (knee), Dee Ford (back) and Javon Kinlaw (shoulder, knee) all looked like full participants. Only Kinlaw played in the preseason among that trio, doing so only in Sunday’s win.
Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair wore a no-contact jersey as he continues to deal with an apparent elbow injury.
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