San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch jumped on KNBR’s Murph & Mac show to discuss some injury updates and some week 1 performances. The big concern remains Dee Ford, who Lynch said, “came with stiffness. around his neck, and we sent him for imaging. We’re waiting to hear those results this morning. “Lynch isn’t sure about Ford’s status for Sunday’s game against the Jets. It’s not … not great. The 49ers faced Ford’s injuries last season, and that affected players like Nick Bosa. Without Ford on Sunday, it will allow the Jets to double team Bosa and force someone else to beat them. We̵
Lynch didn’t rule out George Kittle for Sunday’s game, but he said Kittle would be an in-game decision and the team has to be smart with Kittle. Lynch said the team will see if Kittle trains on Friday and how the cross-country flight will impact knee swelling.
“He sprained his knee. There is no question that it sounds? No. George is obviously very important, and George is one of those guys who will want to play every time, so we have to be very judicious. But that doesn’t mean we rule it out. I don’t know what he will try to do. I think it will really be an in-game decision for George. It is so important to us. We really need to be smart. He might be smart and find a way to play. It could be that we decide to wait another week “.
Based on his words and tone, it appears that Kittle is closer to doubt against the Jets.
Ahkello Witherspoon authorized the concussion protocol. Lynch said Witherspoon will start in Richard Sherman’s place and play the “field” cornerback seat. Robert Saleh explained the difference between “field” and “boundary” cornerbacks. The cornerback won’t have as many opportunities as he has for the wide side of the pitch, but he has to be exceptional with his eyes and path recognition. That’s why a player like Sherman fits well on the pitch.
Lynch said Ben Garland will be an in-game decision as he is still nursing a high ankle sprain. He said the team “hopes” to get Garland back, but also spotted center Hroniss Grasu saying “he ranked well in our system.” I thought Grasu was the second best linesman behind Trent Williams as he only lost two blocks against the run and didn’t miss a single block in the pass protection. Grasu was not in PFF’s top five ranked players for the 49ers. Here’s Lynch on Garland:
“I think we’ll let it settle. This is another one that on these plane trips, sometimes, you get there and don’t feel so good. It’ll probably move towards play time (decision).”
Lynch said he was pleased with the offensive line’s performance as a whole and said they played quite well: “I really thought O line, in general, played pretty well. I thought some of the firing problems were due to keeping the ball. “.
As for the New York Jets, they ruled out Jamison Crowder, who was targeted 13 times during week 1. Sam Darnold’s supporting cast on Sunday will be:
RB: Frank Gore, Kalen Ballage and perhaps La’Mical Perine
WR: Breshad Perriman, Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios
TE: Chris Herndon
Sunday should be a perfect match to “get it right” for the 49ers.