Injury Report For 49ers’ Week 4 MNF Is Mixed


Having fun for the San Francisco 49ers is Daniel Brunskill.

The 2022 NFL season for the San Francisco 49ers has been characterized by adaptation. They had to adjust when Trey Lance was replaced by Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 2, when Alex Mack retired from the game in June, long after free agency and the draft, and once more when players, both stars and reserves, have cycled on and off the injury report.

The Niners’ injury report was equally active in Week 4, when starting linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and All-World left tackle Trent Williams started their hiatuses on the injury report rather than being placed on IR, and George Kittle completely left the list after being fully active in Week 3. The statuses of swing linemen Daniel Brunskill, starring defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw, and defensive tackle/end Arik Armstead were the three main storylines to follow throughout the week. Some of this was expected, as the knee and ankle injuries sustained by Williams and Al-Shaair were defined by months, not weeks. According to the Niners’ final injury report for Week 4, Brunkill will actually make his NFL debut against the Los Angeles Rams should Kyle Shanahan decide to play him, with Kinlaw and Armstead still listed as questionable. The trio had all been listed as “limited participants” at various points throughout the week.

Which player will play on Monday Night Football—Kinlaw or Armstead? That question will only be fully answered by the actives list on game day, but based on how things reportedly appeared in practice, things don’t seem promising.

Giving a worrying update on Kinlaw and Armstead, NBC Sports Bay Area

Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area shared some troubling findings from Sunday’s practice when she discussed the injury report in her own article on the subject.

In the first part of Saturday’s practice, Lee noted that “both Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw were seen participating in individual drills.” Kinlaw, who was unable to practice due to a knee injury, didn’t seem to be moving well, and Armstead appeared to still be experiencing plantar fasciitis-related limitations.

The Niners may ultimately decide to play it safe and give the pair extra time off given how much of defensive line play relies on power generated from the legs and how quickly a player can lose significant time due to a seemingly minor roll-up.

The versatile Daniel Brunskill is eager to return for the San Francisco 49ers.

According to the 49ers Webzone’s transcription of Shanahan’s press conference on Thursday, when asked about what position Brunskill will play now that he is back at practice, Shanahan praised the well-traveled veteran’s versatility.

Shanahan replied, “Both. “He works entirely inside, and he has tackled as well.”

Being able to play any position on gameday is extremely valuable, especially with Williams out and Colton McKivitz anticipated to take his place. But for the majority of fans, Brunskill’s return finally gives San Francisco a solid backup option in case Jake Brendel continues to struggle at center.

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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