The 49ers get Brock Purdy back from the concussion protocol, but Trent Williams will miss his second straight week because of injury.
Losers of two straight games, the San Francisco 49ers are also dealing with their first serious rash of injuries as they near the midway point of the season.
That point won't be reached until after Week 8's tilt against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, who at 3-3, are coming off their bye week and hope to be both refreshed and extra prepared against head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad.
The Niners, meanwhile, have to overcome their underwhelming performances against both the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings over the last two weeks, and they'll also need to overcome said injury rash.
Quarterback Brock Purdy suffered a concussion during San Francisco's Monday Night Football loss in Minnesota, but he was able to clear the protocol on Saturday in time to be ready to start versus Cincy.
In that game, though, Purdy was short two of his best players on offense: All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (ankle).
It appears as if both will be absent again.
49ers inactives vs. Bengals, Week 8: Trent Williams misses another week, Deebo already out
Here are the inactive Niners for Week 8 against Cincinnati:
- WR Deebo Samuel
- OT Trent Williams
- QB Brandon Allen
- DL Kalia Davis
- RB Tyrion Davis-Price
- TE Brayden Willis
- LB Jalen Graham
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Samuel's absence was already known, as the shoulder injury suffered back in Week 6 will keep him out until San Francisco's bye in Week 9.
To help mitigate Samuel's absence, the 49ers promoted veteran wideout Willie Snead IV from the practice squad.
With Williams out, swing tackle Jaylon Moore will get his second start of the season after doing the same duties a week ago.
One can only hope, however, that Moore and the rest of the Niners offensive line bounces back from an otherwise lackluster showing last Monday night against the Vikings.
San Francisco and Cincinnati kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.