As it stands, the 49ers have lost two starters to injury for the season. Linebacker Malcolm Smith tore his pectoral muscle during an August practice, and was placed on injured reserve. Coincidentally, offensive lineman Joshua Garnett injured himself at the same practice. Garnett hurt his knee, and after arthroscopic knee surgery, was eventually placed on injured reserve.
Here’s the full list of current 49ers injuries:
- Tight end George Kittle (hamstring) — This has been a reoccurring issue for the rookie tight end. Kittle originally hurt his hamstring in training camp, and it lingered around, causing him to miss some preseason action. Kittle’s listed as doubtful. This is ESPN’s Nick Wagoner on Kittle:
"Niners rookie TE George Kittle aggravated his hamstring injury and is also limited in practice on Wednesday. Was poised to start against the Panthers but that’s now a question going into Sunday."
- Defensive end Aaron Lynch (ankle) — Also a lingering injury, Lynch hurt his ankle early on preseason. The injury has flared up, and Lynch was limited in the first practice of the week. Lynch is officially questionable for the game.
- Safety Jimmie Ward (hamstring) — Ward originally hurt his hamstring during the opening week of training camp, and it’s stuck with him ever since. He’s listed as doubtful for the game.