It looks like 1 more week on shelf for Larry Allen
The 49ers will be without two regular starters again this week, but otherwise they're healthy entering Sunday’s game vs. Oakland. The Raiders also will be without two starters, but they have seven other players listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report. 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 (leg)
DOUBTFUL: LG Larry Allen (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Taylor Jacobs (hamstring)
OUT: QB Aaron Brooks (shoulder); CB Fabian Washington (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: FB Zack Crockett (knee); LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder); OT Robert Gallery (shoulder); DE Kevin Huntley (foot); LB Grant Irons (back); DE Lance Johnstone (knee); RB ReShard Lee (neck)
NOTE: Davis, Brooks and Washington missed practice with their respective teams on Wednesday and Thursday. Allen participated in practice with the 49ers on Wednesday but was limited in Thursday’s session and did not take part in team drills. Irons and Ekejiuba each missed a portion of practice with the Raiders on Wednesday but returned to full drills on Thursday.
INJURY ANALYSIS: Davis has a fractured right fibula and is on course for a return after the 49ers’ Oct. 22 bye week. He is expected to return for San Francisco’s Oct. 29 game at defending NFC North champion Chicago. … Allen, who sprained the MCL in his left knee on the sixth play of the season opener, returned to practice Wednesday and participated in the full session, including some team drills. But the 49ers backed off on his work Thursday, and Allen participated only in some individual drills and his status on the injury report remained unchanged. “He didn’t re-injure it or anything like that, but he was a little sore this morning,” 49ers coach Mike Nolan said Thursday. “Which is what you’d expect. If the degree of soreness was real severe, we would have kept him out of practice entirely. But he came back out and did some individual (Thursday).” Nolan indicated Allen would do the same thing Friday to see where he’s at, but it now appears unlikely he will play against the Raiders. “It’s doubtful. I’m not going to upgrade it,” Nolan said. A more likely scenario has Allen returning for next week’s home game against the San Diego Chargers, the 49ers’ final game before their bye. “Right now, I’d be very hopeful of that,” Nolan said. “If he doesn’t (return) this week. That’s why we’re doing it this week (having Allen practice), as much to see if he’d be ready for next week as well.” … Jacobs, who has been inactive the past two weeks with his hamstring injury, returned to practice last week and now is practicing in full and should be ready for Sunday’s game, where he could serve as the team’s fourth receiver and play on special teams while pushing rookie Brandon Williams back to the bench. It’s just as likely Jacobs will be a scratch again this week with the 49ers opting to keep Williams up as the fourth receiver/kick returner instead. … Brooks, who was injured in Oakland’s second game, will be out at least one more week after the 49ers game. Andrew Walter, who is being sacked once for every 5.6 pass plays called by the Raiders, will make his second NFL start in Brooks’ place. … Washington, the Raiders’ regular right cornerback, missed some time in Sunday’s loss to Cleveland with tightness in his hamstring, an injury that has carried over from Week 2 when he pulled the hamstring against Baltimore. Oakland coach Art Shell on Monday said Washington would be doubtful to play against the 49ers, but he has not practiced since and already has been ruled out for the game. Washington managed to heal up well enough during Oakland’s bye week to face Cleveland, but the injury affects his greatest asset - pure speed - and Washington will be unable to play. “It’s worse than Baltimore,” Washington said. “I think it’s something I’m going to have to deal with the rest of the season.” … Starting left cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who had the first two interceptions of his career against the Browns, was hurting with a back injury following the game, spent some time with the trainers and didn't seem overly optimistic about his condition late Sunday. But Asomugha has practiced this week and isn’t even listed on Oakland’s injury report. Nickel back Tyrone Poole, who replaced Asomugha as a starter against Baltimore and broke up three passes, figures to start in place of Washington, although Shell also mentioned Duane Starks as a possibility. On downs in which Poole goes inside to play the slot receiver in the nickel defense, Stanford Routt plays on the outside as a cornerback. … Crockett, Johnstone, Lee and Ekejiuba all had MRIs earlier this week and were cleared to return to practice. Crockett is the only starter among that group, and his status still is in limbo for Sunday’s game. If his knee problems persist, that could mean more playing time or even a starting role for John Paul Foschi blocking in front of tailback LaMont Jordan. In three games, Crockett hasn’t handled the ball as a rusher or receiver. … Gallery, who returned from a torn calf muscle to play against the Browns, threw a key block on Jordan's 59-yard touchdown run, but later was beaten for a sack by Cleveland rookie linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Gallery now is listed with a shoulder injury this week, but he is practicing and certainly is a better option in the eyes of the Raiders than backup Chad Slaughter.