With both the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams coming off their bye week, the teams had an extra week to heal their wounds from the first half of the season. On Thursday, both teams released their first injury report and there were a few surprises.
For the 49ers, there were seven players listed on their injury report. However, all seven players fully participated at practice on Thursday, so the injuries do not appear to be serious. The most notable player on the injury report was Frank Gore who was listed as having a hand injury. This is the first I had heard of Gore having a hurt hand. Before the Week 8 contest against Arizona, Gore was listed as probable, but with a rib injury. Since he fully participated in practiced Thursday, Niner fans can expect to see the running back play on Sunday. Alex Smith was still listed with an injured finger on his right hand, but with the way he played against Arizona and having the bye week to continue healing, he will start and be effective.
Despite having a bye week as well, St. Louis is still trying to heal important players for the game this weekend. The most notable player on the injury report is starting right tackle Barry Richardson who suffered a concussion against the Patriots in Week 8, but is cleared to play. The Rams have been without starting offensive linemen Scott Wells (center) and rookie Rokevious Watkins (left guard) since the first game of the season. Watkins was placed on injured reserve and is lost for the season after playing just one game. Wells has not played this season but he started practicing this week for the first time and was limited. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Wells has a “good chance to play” on Sunday. Also limited at practice was starting left tackle Rodger Saffold who has not played since Week 2 because of a knee injury. It is unclear if he will play against the 49ers. All told, the Rams might travel to San Francisco missing three starting offensive linemen. Aldon and Justin Smith have to be licking their chops.
Here is the full injury report for both teams:
Week Ten: Rams at 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS INJURY REPORT
ST. LOUIS RAMS INJURY REPORT