49ers injury updates going into crucial Week 17 matchup with Texans

The 49ers had some extra time off following their Thursday game against the Titans. With the additional days off they were allowed a bonus practice Monday. That practice doesn’t require a participation report, but head coach Kyle Shanahan offered some insight into who did and didn’t practice and what the club’s injury situation will look like going into a Week 17 game against the Texans that they have to have.

Wednesday’s practice participation report will provide more official details on the team’s health, but here’s what Shanahan had Monday:

QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb)

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Garoppolo is dealing with a thumb injury that Shanahan called a ‘sprain.’ Reporting from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport both indicated Garoppolo has a UCL tear and a fracture in his thumb that could keep him out for several weeks. His participation will be the No. 1 item worth watching throughout the week.

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee)

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Al-Shaair exited the 49ers’ loss to the Titans with a knee injury. Shanahan said Al-Shaair has a knee sprain that’ll likely keep him out of the team’s final two regular season games against the Texans and Rams. His rise to the top of the 49ers’ LB depth chart has been one of the remarkable stories of the season. In 13 games this season Al-Shaair has 102 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.

DL DJ Jones (ankle)

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Jones suffered an ankle injury Thursday, but he eventually returned to the game and played 39 percent of the snaps. He posted three tackles and one tackle for loss. This is the third week in a row the 49ers have had a player turn an ankle during the game and return to finish the contest. LB Fred Warner and SS Jaquiski Tartt both did it and returned the following week.

RB Elijah Mitchell (knee)

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Mitchell has now missed…


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