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Kalia Davis’ ankle sprain is another blow to D-line – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

Kalia Davis’ ankle sprain is another blow to D-line – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

The 49ers came out of their 45-29 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday looking thinner on the defensive line.

Kalia Davis suffered a sprained ankle in the win at State Farm Stadium after appearing on the field just 13 games defensively and two on special teams. Coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to local media via conference call on Monday and indicated that the defensive tackle will miss several weeks.

The defensive line, already lacking Arik Armstead and Javon Hargrave, loses more depth due to Davis’ injury. Clelin Ferrell also suffered an ankle injury, but he is struggling day by day. When asked about free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Shanahan left the door open.

“Not yet, but I’m not ruling anything out,” Shanahan said. “We have players on our practice squad that you saw we used last week. We’re not exactly sure when Hargrave and Armstead will be back, but we know they have opportunities this week. There are a lot of variables playing together that will be discussed.”

Demodore Lenoir suffered a bruised rib in Sunday’s game, but he is getting by day by day. The extra day off this week with the 49ers’ next game on Monday night will help the cornerback recover.

On the offensive side of the ball, receiver Juwan Jennings was placed in concussion protocol. The wideout made both of his targets for 25 yards in Sunday’s win.

The injury that had the team, coaches and fans collectively holding their breath on Sunday was Brock Purdy’s injury late in the first half of the win. There appeared to be no remaining trace of the injury the day after the game.

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“He felt great last night, and they didn’t give me any information today that would concern them,” Shanahan said. “So I suppose that’s your typical stinger, and the fact that he was able to get through the game was a very good sign.”

As for all the remaining players who missed the game — Ross Dwelley (ankle), Elijah Mitchell (knee), and Orrin Burks (knee), Shanahan reported that everyone has an opportunity to return to practice this week but did not confirm the specific status of any player. .

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