Jim Tomsula, coach of the San Francisco 49ers is facing injury concerns ahead of this week’s match against the Seattle Seahawks.
Running back Carlos Hyde has been suffering from a foot injury which will possibly trouble him through the rest of the season, while Reggie Bush’s calf strain made him inactive against the Baltimore Ravens, however he could be available for selection.
Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson, has just completed a six-week suspension placed upon him for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse and is free to return.
However, in a press conference on Monday, Tomsula said that Simpson will probably not be placed on the active roster until next round’s game.
“He has been in meetings all year, so I don’t really want to make a statement one way or the other. We’ll find out through the next few days,” Tomusla said.
The 49ers are reaching the post six-week mark of the 2015 NFL season which means they can welcome back three players to the already 53-man roster. Those classified as physically unable to perform (PUP) and non-football injury (NFI) are able to play again. Centre Daniel Kilgore (PUP) and Wide Receiver DeAndre Smelter (NFI) are both awaiting their return. Kilgore said last week that he did not presume he would be joining the team against the Seahawks this Friday, as he is still recovering from a leg injury.
“I’m pretty sure guys are smart enough to not want to bring someone on off an injured or PUP (list) during a short week. It could probably be Week 10. I don’t know. There’s no time frame really,” Kilgore said.
Smelter is also eligible to practice this week, but will most likely not be active due to not recovering an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear from last year.
The 49ers will play the Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco home turf, Levi’s stadium this Friday. – Bonnie Baker
Top photo of Jim Tomsula from San Francisco 49ers Facebook page.