The 49ers experienced a handful of injuries during their divisional-round win over the Cowboys, but Kyle Shanahan is expecting good news moving forward against the Eagles.
Dallas Cowboys were understandably devastated during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs when running back Tony Pollard suffered what appeared to be a high-ankle sprain against the San Francisco 49ers, and that injury required him to be carted off the field.
Not returning, one can wonder if Pollard’s absence heavily influenced the Niners’ eventual 19-12 victory.
If that was one key point, so was the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan’s team largely avoided the injury bug en route to defeating Dallas and advancing to the NFC Championship game this upcoming Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
On Monday after the game, Shanahan spoke to the media and gave a promising report on San Francisco’s injuries.
Kyle Shanahan says 49ers suffered injuries vs. Cowboys, players should be back in time for NFC Championship game
After beating the Cowboys, Shanahan told reporters that defensive end Charles Omenihu (oblique), running back Christian McCaffrey (calf) and running back Elijah Mitchell (groin) all suffered injuries during the game.
Omenihu’s absence drew interest, as he walked to the locker room during the game. Considering he notched two sacks in the 49ers’ Wild Card victory over the Seattle Seahawks, getting him back was going to be vital, and he ultimately returned to the game.
Subsequently on Monday, Shanahan informed the media that Omenihu, McCaffrey and Mitchell would be listed as day-to-day with their respective injuries, but the head coach was expecting all three to be available for Sunday’s NFC Championship matchup against Philly, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco:
As such, it appears as if the Niners will have about as clean a slate of health possible for their contest that’ll ultimately determine which team from the NFC advances to Super Bowl LVII.
Being healthy certainly benefits San Francisco.