SANTA CLARA, California – San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw’s second NFL season is over.
After spending most of the 2021 season managing a persistent right knee problem, Kinlaw underwent surgery with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles earlier this week that will end his season early.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Kinlaw will soon land on injured reserve in hopes that the 24-year-old will finally break free from the knee problems that have plagued him.
“There are a lot of things they found and things like that,” Shanahan said. “I think the good news is that they feel like they solved the problem. Obviously, it hurts that he’s not with us this year … [The doctor] He feels that he found the problem and thinks it will be good news for us next year. “
Kinlaw, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 draft, came to the NFL with questions about a sore knee that led to him leaving the 2020 Senior Bowl and then had more problems at the end of his rookie season that led to him missing out. the final. two games of 2020.
Kinlaw’s 2021 season ends with eight tackles and one quarterback hit in four games. By losing Kinlaw to injured reserve, the 49ers are expected to activate defensive tackle Kevin Givens from that list as he recovers from a sprained ankle.
Besides Kinlaw, the 49ers have many other problems on the defensive line. They could be without defensive ends Dee Ford (concussion) and Samson Ebukam (ankle) against the Chicago Bears on Sunday and be without defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf), who has been ruled out. Ford is listed as doubtful and Ebukam as questionable, meaning a likely activation of defensive end Jordan Willis from the reserve / suspended list to provide depth.
But the defensive line isn’t the only place the 49ers will have to make some injury adjustments this weekend.
Left tackle Trent Williams is listed as questionable as he continues to deal with ankle and elbow problems. Williams had limited participation in practice Friday, a step in the right direction after not practicing and missing last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
“The fact that he was out there was a good sign,” Shanahan said. “Again, we only do things at half speed, so he hasn’t faced much of it, but he was moving and he was capable of doing it. We’re going to get on this flight and see how he reacts tomorrow, and hopefully he will continue to improve. and it doesn’t get worse. “
In better injury news, the Niners will welcome rookie quarterback Trey Lance for the sprained left knee that kept him out against the Colts. Lance made it through the practice week without issue and will serve as a backup for Jimmy Garoppolo, although Shanahan indicated that there is a possibility that Lance will play situationally.
“I thought it was getting better every day,” Shanahan said. “His first day there on Wednesday, we gave him some limited reps. He felt good on Thursday and we pushed him even more on Thursday, and he came in today, just talking to him, he didn’t have any setbacks, so I feel good about going. with the “.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (calf) is also missing from the injury report after missing practice Wednesday.