The first official injury report for the 49ers vs. Cardinals game is set to be released by both teams on Thursday for the divisional matchup. With the 49ers and Cardinals playing on Monday Night Football, both teams don’t have to release who is hurt until Thursday. However, based on who was injured last week and who has participated in practice so far this week, we can get a grasp on who is likely to play and not play on Monday.
Two significant injuries from Thursday’s win over the Seahawks were Frank Gore (rib) and Mario Manningham (shoulder). Despite suffering a bruised rib in the second quarter, Gore played the whole game and managed to rush for 131 yards, while Manningham did not play. Gore and Manningham both practiced this week, although they were limited at practice.
With 11 days off for the 49ers between last Thursday’s win and the game on Monday night, Gore is expected to play. One concern for him is the amount of carries he will handle. Should Brandon Jacobs suit up and actually play, he and Kendall Hunter will be able to handle the load to rest Gore more throughout the game. But the 49ers will need a healthy Gore on the field as he is the focal point of the offense.
Manningham said he will play against the Cardinals after missing last week’s win over the Seahawks with an injured shoulder. He suffered the injury on the first play of the Giants game two weeks ago, but he did not want to come out of the game because he was playing against his former team. Even though Manningham has only posted two games with over 50 receiving yards and recorded just one touchdown this season, he is a deep threat presence the Cardinals defense has to account for.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals will likely be without QB Kevin Kolb for the second straight game and John Skelton will start in his place. Skelton posted 262 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in his start last week against the Vikings. The Cardinals lost the game 21-14. Other big injuries for the Cardinals are safety Kerry Rhodes (back) and cornerback Greg Toler (hamstring). Both did not play in the Minnesota game. It’s unknown whether or not Rhodes or Toler will play on Monday night, but it should be noted both of their injuries kept them out of practice all last week. The Cardinals also played without special-teams captains Anthony Sherman (knee) and Reggie Walker (concussion) last week, but both are expected to play against the 49ers.
An injury Niner fans might want to keep an eye on is to Cardinals guard Adam Snyder, who hurt his quadriceps and had to leave last week’s lost against the Vikings. If you remember, Snyder was the 49ers’ starting right guard last season. He signed with the Cardinals in the off-season as a free agent after spending seven years in San Francisco.