Injury report & analysis: 49ers vs. Eagles

Nineteen players are listed on this week's injury report for Sunday's game between the 49ers and Eagles, including several starters on each side. Here's an inside look at where those injuries stand and how they'll affect who will and won't play on Sunday, along with player analysis.

49ERS

OUT: G Larry Allen (knee), TE Delanie Walker (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: WR Taylor Jacobs (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Anthony Adams (ankle)
PROBABLE: DE Ronnie Fields (shoulder), OT Jonas Jennings (ankle), Justin Smiley (shoulder)

EAGLES

DOUBTFUL: CB Roderick Hood (heel), CB Lito Sheppard (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mike Bartrum (knee), TE L.J. Smith (shoulder), RB Brian Westbrook (knee)
PROBABLE: G Shawn Andrews (shoulder), WR Reggie Brown (hamstring), DE Darren Howard (knee), S Michael Lewis (quadriceps), RB Reno Mahe (ankle), S Quintin Mikell (thumb), WR Donte' Stallworth (hip)

NOTE: Allen, Walker, Jacobs, Adams, Fields, Smiley, Hood, Sheppard, Bartrum, Smith and Westbrook each missed at least a portion of practice with their respective teams Wednesday.

INJURY ANALYSIS: Allen, still recovering from MCL damage in his left knee, is out until at least early October. Even though unheralded Tony Wragge has done a superb job in Allen's place the past two weeks, coach Mike Nolan remained mum on the subject of who will start at left guard against the Eagles, and Wragge could give way to Adam Snyder, whom Nolan considers a better player. Jennings was still a little gimpy walking on his sprained right ankle Wednesday, but he practiced in full with the team and is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday. "He seems good," Nolan said after Wednesday's session. … That would make Snyder, who started in Jennings' place at left tackle last week against St. Louis and played well, available to move over into the starting slot at left guard ahead of Wragge. … Walker won't play again this week as his shoulder dislocation continues to heal, but he has returned to practice in a limited capacity and could be ready for full-scale drills next week as he aims for an Oct. 1 return at Kansas City. … Jacobs, injured in last week's game, didn't practice Wednesday and almost certainly will miss Sunday's game. That could mean the 49ers will activate rookie Brandon Williams for the first time this season as a No. 4 receiver, and give him an opportunity to return kicks to keep Arnaz Battle fresh for his duties at receiver. … With Adams and Fields both hurting along the defensive line, the 49ers promoted Damane Duckett from the practice squad on Tuesday and he could be active for Sunday's game. Adams availability against the Eagles will be evaluated Thursday. Isaac Sopoaga would step in if Adams is unable to play. … Smiley went through individual drills Wednesday and is expected to start Sunday. A MRI exam revealed no extensive damage in his left shoulder, which was dislocated against the Rams. Smiley said he will wear a harness on the shoulder in Sunday's game. ... DE Jevon Kearse was placed on injured reserve by the Eagles on Tuesday with knee damage, which is a big blow to the Philadelphia pass rush and a hurting Eagles defense. Second-year DE Trent Cole will likely replace Kearse in the lineup. Kearse's loss impacts Philadelphia's pass rush in several ways. The Eagles lose one of their best pass rushers - Kearse had 3.5 sacks in Philly's first two games - and now Cole, who was used as a nickel pass rusher, has to play more snaps. That was an issue last year as he wore down as the season progressed. Another issue is how they plan to use their linemen on passing downs. Previously, DE Darren Howard would move inside and Cole would come in as a nickel rusher. It's possible that the Eagles use backup DE Juqua Thomas in Cole's previous role. Jerome McDougle, who was inactive for the Eagles' first two games, likely will be activated Sunday to add another healthy defensive end. … Though he's listed as questionable, Westbrook's status is in doubt because of recurring problems with his knee. Westbrook also missed practice last week because of inflammation and swelling in his knee, but he played in last week's loss to the Giants and led the Eagles with 68 yards rushing to go along with seven receptions. Westbrook has gotten 50 touches in the first two games, including 26 last week. The Eagles are thin behind Westbrook with Correll Buckhalter and Mahe, who also is hurting. … Sheppard is expected to be out until mid-October and Hood also is unlikely to play, meaning former 49er Joselio Hanson will step into the starting lineup for the Eagles at right cornerback. Hanson had been playing on Philadelphia's second unit at left cornerback behind Sheldon Brown, but now he'll start on the side opposite Brown against the 49ers. Dexter Wynn likely will move in as Philly's nickel back. … The Eagles also are hurting at tight end, where both Smith and Bartrum were injured last week. The Eagles, who started last week's game in a two-tight end set, get a lot of use out their tight ends, and Smith led Philadelphia with seven receptions for 111 yards against the Giants. Matt Schobel, Philly's second tight end, could be headed for a heavy workload this Sunday. … Andrews hurt his shoulder against the Giants and the injury could be worse than the Eagles originally thought, though he practiced Wednesday and is listed as probable. The Eagles would turn to Scott Young or rookie Max Jean-Gilles to replace Andrews if he's unable to play. … The rest of Philly's probables are nagged by minor injuries and all are expected to play.


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