Injury report & analysis: 49ers vs. Chargers

The 49ers could be without as many as four regular starters in Sunday's game against AFC West co-leader San Diego, while the Chargers have no such problems. Here's an inside look at all injuries on both teams and how they'll affect who will and won't play Sunday, along with player analysis.


OUT: TE Vernon Davis (fibula)
DOUBTFUL: OG Larry Allen (knee); OT Jonas Jennings (hand)
PROBABLE: LB Derek Smith


QUESTIONABLE: S Bhawoh Jue (knee)
PROBABLE: TE Ryan Krause (hamstring); OT Marcus McNeill (hand)

NOTE: Davis, Jennings and Jue each missed all or part of practice with their respective teams on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Smith was held out of practice with the 49ers on Wednesday but returned Thursday. Harris missed practice with the 49ers on Friday.

INJURY ANALYSIS: Davis has a fractured right fibula, and he remained on crutches while wearing a wrap on his lower right leg at 49ers practices this week. He is on course for a return after the 49ers' Oct. 22 bye week and is expected to be ready for action in San Francisco's Oct. 29 game at defending NFC North champion Chicago. Eric Johnson will continue to start in Davis' place this week, and Johnson had his best blocking game in place of Davis last week against the Raiders. … Allen, who sprained the MCL in his left knee on the sixth play of the season opener, participated in full-scale practice situations and took part in some team drills throughout the week. He reported some soreness in his knee after Wednesday's session but continued to take part in drills both Thursday and Friday. However, he remained doubtful on the injury report and it now appears he is unlikely to play against the Chargers. Even though they could use him against the NFL's top-ranked defense, the 49ers - with their bye week up next - would rather give Allen the extra time to get his knee stronger so that he can return at full strength against the Bears. … Jennings, who had surgery to repair ligament damage in his left pinkie on Monday, is wearing a cumbersome cast on his left hand and did not practice Friday for the third consecutive day and was downgraded from questionable to doubtful. Jennings worked out on the side running during the week of practice, but coach Mike Nolan has given every indication that Jennings won't play against the Chargers. … Adam Snyder will start in Jennings place at left tackle and Tony Wragge will be back in the starting lineup this week at left guard. Snyder and Wragge both performed well in place of Jennings and Allen in San Francisco's Sept. 17 victory over St. Louis, with Snyder remaining in the starting lineup at left guard after Jennings returned a week later. … Smith missed Wednesday's practice with a hip injury suffered in last week's win over the Raiders, but he has practiced the past two days without incident and will start against the Chargers. … The new addition to the injury report is valuable left corner Harris, San Francisco's most effective defensive player to this point, who injured his hamstring during Thursday's practice and sat out Friday's session. "Walt tweaked his hamstring a little bit yesterday. It wasn't severe, but he tweaked it," Nolan said Friday. The 49ers will have to monitor Harris' progress over the next 36 hours to determine if he will be able to answer the opening call against the Chargers. If Harris is unable to play, the 49ers would likely turn to Sammy Davis to start in Harris' place against Davis' former team. "If Walt can't go, yes," Nolan responded when asked if Davis would become the starting cornerback with Harris out. "That will be a game-time decision." If Harris can't play, cornerback B.J. Tucker would be activated for the first time this season and take Davis' responsibilities in nickel and dime coverage packages. … Jue, San Diego's backup at free safety to Marlon McCree, missed the Chargers' past two games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh and appears unlikely to play against the 49ers after missing the entire week of practice, even though he began the week as questionable and was not downgraded despite missing practice. Andre Lott, signed Sept. 26 by the Chargers, and Clinton Hart will be the backups behind McCree and starting strong safety Terrence Kiel. ... The Chargers put backup left tackle Leander Jordan on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a stinger sustained in the third exhibition game. ... McNeill, San Diego's second-round draft pick this year who started San Diego's first four games in place of the injured Roman Oben, fractured his right hand against the Steelers last week. The injury did not require surgery, McNeill didn't miss practice time this week and he will start again Sunday at left tackle. … Krause is a third-string tight end who has been inactive for San Diego's first four games and likely will have the same status against the 49ers.

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