December 8, 2021

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Updates on Bosa, Ford, Garoppolo ahead of the Start of #49ersCamp

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On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers reported to the SAP Performance Facility for the start of their five-week training camp. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch addressed the media ahead of the 49ers series of sessions to provide several updates on players and the state of the team heading into camp.

Player Safety and Protocols

The league has made significant efforts in urging players, coaches and staff to be fully vaccinated by the start of the season. Last year, the NFL saw matchups postponed, games played without a quarterback, facilities shut down and, even for the 49ers, contests where a handful of starters were placed on the COVID-19 list just days ahead of a primetime matchup.

The NFL has set stiff penalties for those who are unvaccinated or teams who become infected by unvaccinated players this season. Per NFL.com, the restrictions for non-vaccinated players are significant, including daily testing (even during byes), masks, limits on in-person meetings, being barred from eating in the cafeteria, etc. Additionally, if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will forfeit and be credited with a loss, per sources informed of the situation.

Teams that reach at least an 85 percent vaccination rate, however, will be granted looser restrictions. According to Lynch, the 49ers are among a number of teams who have surpassed the vaccination threshold. Over 90 percent of the 49ers locker room is fully vaccinated at the start of training camp.

“It really speaks to our players,” Lynch said. “We didn’t enforce anything. What we tried to do is just communicate with our guys and rely on the professionals to educate them as much as possible. So, our guys really arrived at this individually and as a team, and we’re proud of them for that.”

Returns Off the Edge (and at WR)

The 49ers received good news this week as the team is anticipating the return of both of their Pro Bowl edge rushers. Shanahan revealed that both Nick Bosa and Dee Ford have passed their physicals and are clear to return to return to the field. Bosa has spent the last 10 months working his way back from a season-ending ACL tear. Meanwhile, Ford appeared in one game last season after dealing with a neck and back injury he suffered in the season opener. He spent the majority of the offseason rehabbing at the 49ers team facility in Santa Clara before continuing his rehab offsite under the guidance of a specialist.

The same goes for wide receiver Jalen Hurd. Hurd has yet to take the field after being sidelined in consecutive seasons due to injury. Last season, Hurd tore his ACL on the second day of padded training camp practices while rehabbing on the sidelines.

The plan is to ease the trio back onto the field through individual drills before joining their teammates for full-team work.

“They’re all starting out, I believe, with individual (work) tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “We’re not going to put any of them in team situations for a little bit – I’d say at least this first block of days. I think we’ve got four practices, a day off, and then I believe we’ve got three more again and then a day off. I think we’ll look into it in about a week. It’s the first time they’ll be out there with the D-Line and stuff and doing things like that. Jalen with the receivers. I’d be surprised if they got into team drills within a week. But as soon as they’re ready, they’ll be out there.”

https://www.49ers.com/news/49ers-bosa-ford-garoppolo-lance-lynch-shanahan-qb-competition-training-camp

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