49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk undergoes finger surgery, doubtful for Rams game
49ers' fullback Kyle Juszczyk likely out with a broken finger. Deebo Samuel and Dre Greenlaw also injured. Arik Armstead uncertain.
The San Francisco 49ers are facing some challenges as they prepare for their next game against the Rams. Coach Kyle Shanahan revealed that fullback Kyle Juszczyk will likely be sidelined due to a broken finger sustained in their recent loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Juszczyk underwent surgery and is expected to be out until after the team's bye week following the game against the Rams. The 49ers don't have a backup fullback on their roster, so Shanahan hinted at using tight ends like Ross Dwelley to fill the void.
In addition to Juszczyk's injury, star receiver Deebo Samuel is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw is also dealing with a calf injury. Shanahan expressed hope that defensive lineman Arik Armstead can return for the game against the Rams, but his status remains uncertain as he continues to manage plantar fasciitis.
The absence of key players like Juszczyk, Samuel, and Armstead has had a noticeable impact on the 49ers' performance, particularly in their run defense. Shanahan emphasized the importance of having these players available and highlighted the challenges faced by the team due to injuries and missed practice time.
The 49ers' offensive line also faced challenges in their recent game against the Chiefs, particularly in handling pass rushers like Chris Jones. While they managed to handle Jones inside, they struggled in straight dropback situations, leading to pressure on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Shanahan acknowledged the team's need to mitigate pressure, pointing to the potential use of running back screens as a key strategy. He highlighted the capabilities of newly acquired running back Christian McCaffrey in this aspect and expressed optimism about the team's ability to improve in this area.
As the 49ers prepare to face the Rams, their ability to overcome injuries and adapt to challenges will be crucial in determining their success. Shanahan remains focused on finding effective solutions to address the team's current obstacles and maximize their performance on the field.