Despite the Week 1 win, the 49ers had a rough start to the season after an MRI on Monday morning confirmed an ACL injury ending the season for cornerback Jason Verrett. Verrett was eager to put on a booster performance after completing the second 13-game season of his eight-year NFL career in 2020 with the 49ers.
Kyle Shanahan alluded to the cornerback staying with the team during their stopover on the East Coast in West Virginia ahead of the team’s Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Losing a player like Jason is a big deal, just because of the type of person he is and how good he is,” Shanahan said Monday. “Jason puts all his heart into it. He went through it a lot. When he played, he had a great career. But everyone knows how good he is as a player. And it’s difficult for him. But that He’s also a man and a guy as tough as I have been. So he will persevere. It takes time. But it will pass. Do it now. We are all there for him.
The 49ers were without Emmanuel Moseley in Detroit because the corner injured his knee. Shanahan expects the corner to return “soon” and said he “remains hopeful” that it will be available on Sunday.
Raheem Mostert appeared in just four offensive snaps before leaving Sunday’s game with an apparent knee injury. According to Shanahan, Mostert suffered a damaged knee cartilage that will put the running back on the sidelines for eight weeks. Mostert got off to a good start against the Lions in the 49ers’ second practice, posting two gains of 11 and 9 yards, respectively, en route to the game’s opener in San Francisco.
The ball carrier will undergo a telescope and will be placed in the Casualty Reserve in the coming days.
The 49ers were already late at the start of the season with “Jeff Wilson Jr.” placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a torn meniscus suffered during organized team activities earlier this offseason. Wilson Jr. is “definitely on schedule” for a mid-season return, according to the 49ers head coach.
“I expected him to be close to halfway,” Shanahan said. “He looks great here, training (and) preparing himself. I know he will help us this year.”
Additionally, linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who himself had a day against the Lions with his career first pick of six, left Sunday’s game at the top of the third quarter with a groin injury and n did not come back. The head coach revealed the linebacker was “hand to mouth” which could put him back on the court ahead of the Week 2 game in Philadelphia.
Linebacker Marcell Harris struggled with oblique tension after Sunday’s game but is expected to return to the field when the team holds its first practice of the week on Wednesday.
The same goes for in-flight rusher Dee Ford, who made his first return to the field in a full calendar year after sustaining a neck and back injury throughout 2020. Ford has left the field. limping Sunday with a minor ankle sprain, however, should be “good to go” for week 2.