SANTA CLARA – Bears sack artist Khalil Mack will not be chasing 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo – or Trey Lance – on Sunday.
Mack’s foot injury ruled him out Friday, as expected.
Garoppolo will start his second straight start since returning from a calf injury, and unlike last Sunday’s fourth loss in a row, he will be backed by Lance, who missed last match with a sprained knee.
Mack has collected six sacks to open his fourth season with the Bears since his booty from the Raiders. The Bears’ second most sacks are the 5 1/2 from Robert Quinn, which were activated from the COVID reserve list on Friday.
The Bears (3-4) are handling a number of COVID issues and it is unknown if they will have coach Matt Nagy available, who was away from the team all week and conducted meetings almost after testing positive.
Elijah Wilkinson was also activated from the COVID reserve, but offensive colleague Germain Ifedi was added to it.
The 49ers have not placed any players on the COVID reserve for the past three months, not since three players served stints at the start of training camp.
OTHER STATUS REPORTS
The 49ers publish their injury report after today’s training, approximately at 14.00
Most uncertain are the fate of left tackle Trent Williams (ankle), defensive Dee Ford (concussion) and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion).
Expected to sit out among the 49ers are defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw (knee) and Maurice Hurst (calf).
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (calf) was limited in Thursday’s training after missing Wednesday’s session.
Doubtful for the Bears are defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin), safety Tashaun Gipson (hip), wide receiver Jakheem Grant (ankle), linebacker Sam Kamara (knee) and tight end Jesper Horsted (knee).