The injury bug is biting a little harder late in the season, and the 49ers will be without two important players Sunday against the Seahawks.
Heading into the San Francisco 49ers' highly anticipated Week 13 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles, veteran defensive tackle Arik Armstead told reporters he would be out there and playing despite the fact he was dealing with a foot injury.
Sure enough, Armstead played. But he did exit the game in the second half and didn't return.
Now, with the Niners back at home and preparing themselves for the 6-6 Seattle Seahawks for the second time in three weeks, Armstead's prognosis for playing is much worse than it was a week ago at this time.
Indeed, after missing all three days of practice, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Friday that Armstead would not play on Sunday against the Hawks.
It's also a bit worrisome, too, as Armstead missed almost half of 2022 because of foot issues, and one can only hope the two injuries aren't related.
Ray-Ray McCloud ruled OUT for 2nd week in a row
Unlike Armstead, wide receiver and return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud did not partake in last Sunday's showdown in Philly as he was dealing with a rib injury.
In his place, San Francisco experimented with return duties between wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Ronnie Bell.
Shanahan also told reporters that McCloud, who was limited on Wednesday but didn't practice the following two days, would be out of action on Sunday, too.
Rest of 49ers injury report vs. Seahawks
Armstead and McCloud aren't the only two 49ers players who are ruled out for Sunday's game, as Shanahan also informed the press that backup tight end Ross Dwelley suffered a high-ankle sprain and would be out for a few weeks.
There are also some notable names who are doubtful, and here's the full injury report from the Niners ahead of Sunday:
- DT Arik Armstead (foot, knee): OUT
- TE Ross Dwelley (ankle): OUT
- WR Ray-Ray McCloud (rib): OUT
- OL Spencer Burford (knee): Doubtful
- RB Elijah Mitchell (knee): Doubtful
- CB Darrell Luter Jr. (hamstring): Doubtful
Burford has been banged up as of late and didn't practice during the week, meaning reserve interior lineman Jon Feliciano likely gets the start.
Mitchell, meanwhile, saw scant bits of the field last Sunday in relief of starting running back Christian McCaffrey, and any absence from the former would open things up for second-year pro Jordan Mason to see more touches.
As for Armstead, his absence will be alleviated by backup tackles Javon Kinlaw and Kalia Davis.
The Niners and Hawks kick off on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:05 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.