Niners punter Mitch Wishnowsky was spotted attempting field goals during pregame practices while the 49ers were entering the field and went on to take, and make the extra-point attempt after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers down the field on their first opening-drive touchdown of the season following a Seahawks’ 3-and-out.
It was later announced on the Fox telecast that Gould had a groin injury, presumably sustained during pregame warmups, since he was not put on the inactive list prior to the beginning of the game.
While Gould was officially listed as questionable early in the first quarter, it is certainly something to monitor throughout the game, as the matchups between the Niners and their division rivals tend to be close games that can often come down to the ability of kickers to make field goals at the end of the game.
49ers fans don’t have to look back too far to remember the last time a missing Gould cost them a game against the Seahawks that they might have otherwise won. Gould missed the Week 10 contest in 2019 due to injury, leading to the Niners signing Chase McLaughlin to be their short-term kicker.
While the free-agent McLaughlin fared decently throughout the game, making three field goals during regulation, including a game-tying effort as time ran out in the fourth quarter, but he went on to miss a makeable kick in overtime after a Dre Greenlaw interception and the Seahawks eventually won the game 27-24.
The 49ers will hope that another injury to Gould will not come back to haunt them this afternoon against the Seahawks, as these division matchups are perhaps of even greater importance this season, with the NFC West being so tight and one of the best, if not the best, division in the NFL.
Wishnowsky made one extra-point attempt, but he subsequently missed a 41-yard field-goal try early in the second quarter.