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Niners WR Brandon Aiyuk was a full practice participant Thursday. The rookie appears to be trending toward playing Sunday against the iffy secondary of the Jets. He could face plenty of opportunity, with Deebo Samuel out and TE George Kittle questionable to play (knee).

Niners DE Dee Ford missed Thursday's practice with a neck issue. The veteran didn't show up on the Wednesday injury report, so this appears to be a new ailment. We'll see about his status for Sunday's visit to the Jets.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers TE George Kittle won't practice at all this week because of the knee he hurt in Sunday's loss to Arizona. The team, however, is "still hopeful" he'll play against the Jets on Sunday. We'll obviously be tracking this situation. In the meantime, you'll need to line up a potential fantasy replacement for Kittle.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan revealed on Monday that WR Deebo Samuel recently suffered a setback with his surgically repaired foot. Samuel reportedly experienced soreness after running one day and was placed on IR over the weekend. He's eligible to return for Week 4, and Shanahan said the goal is to get Samuel ready for that one. We'll continue to keep an eye on him. Samuel is worth keeping stashed on fantasy benches in the meantime.

49ers TE George Kittle sprained his knee in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, HC Kyle Shanahan said. No word on the type of sprain or severity. Kittle was able to return to the Arizona game but didn't catch another pass. Shanny said Kittle will need to be monitored throughout the week and wouldn't commit to him being available for Sunday's game against the Jets. We'll get our next update on Kittle when the 'Niners practice on Wednesday.

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. With WR Deebo Samuel also out, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco’s top 2 WRs.

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The 49ers have placed WR Deebo Samuel (foot) on IR. It's a bit surprising after Samuel was seemingly trending in the right direction -- and potentially even being ready for Week 1. We haven't heard of a setback, but Samuel is now out for at least the first 3 weeks. With WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's opener vs. Arizona, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco's top 2 WRs.

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. The rookie figures to be on a snap count if he's active on Sunday, so he's not a recommended Week 1 fantasy play.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) didn't practice all week and is out for Sunday's opener vs. the Cardinals. HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Samuel will be "day-to-day" next week, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 for Week 2.

Chiefs CB Charvarius Ward suffered a hand fracture in the 2nd half of Thursday night's win over the Texans. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that they're still figuring out how much time Ward might miss. The Chiefs were already without CB Bashaud Breeland for the 1st 4 games because of suspension. Rookie L'Jarius Sneed led K.C. corners in playing time in the opener, seeing 93% of the defensive snaps. Elsewhere, DE Alex Okafor left early with what HC Andy Reid called a "mild" hamstring strain.

49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives the rookie a shot to play against the Cardinals this weekend, although he shouldn't be in your Week 1 fantasy plans after missing over 2 weeks of practice.

49ers WRs Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on either guy to play against the Cardinals this weekend. Their absences would leave Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor as San Francisco's top 2 WRs. TE George Kittle should dominate targets.

The 49ers on Wednesday activated LB Fred Warner from the COVID list. That makes him available to play the opener against the Cardinals, a matchup that allowed him 9 and 12 tackles in last year's 2 meetings. A top-10 LB in our preseason rankings, Warner belongs in your Week 1 IDP lineup. Dre Greenlaw, meanwhile, takes a tumble in our Week 1 LB rankings.

49ers GM John Lynch is "hopeful" to have WR Deebo Samuel (foot) for Sunday's opener against the Cardinals. Samuel has been trending in the right direction for the past few weeks and will be examined by team doctors again on Tuesday. We'll monitor his practice participation this week. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on using him in Week 1 lineups -- but he might be an option as early as Week 2.

The 49ers are expected to activate WR Deebo Samuel from the non-football injury list and include him on the initial 53-man active roster. That will make him eligible to play in Week 1. We'll certainly still keep an eye on his participation to make sure he's actually on track to play in the opener. But this is a good sign for Samuel's early-season outlook.

The Cowboys on Thursday released S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It's an unfortunate turn for a veteran free agent Dallas signed this offseason to take over for Jeff Heath at SS. But it's not surprising. Multiple reporters mentioned Clinton-Dix trending toward losing the starting gig to Darian Thompson. Clinton-Dix's release makes Thompson a deep IDP sleeper in a role that has seen productive turns under DC Mike Nolan through multiple coaching stops. A 3rd-round pick by the Giants back in 2016, Thompson spent 2 injury-affected years there before spending the past 2 as a reserve with the Cowboys. Thompson will turn just 27 in September, though, and delivered big plays in coverage back at Boise State (19 INTs in 4 seasons, including 12 over his final 2).

49ers TE George Kittle returned to practice on Wednesday. He missed about a week with what the team called a "tight" hamstring. "Kittle looked sharp with his burst and cuts in practice," insider Cam Inman observed. We're not worried about the hammy and continue to like Kittle as a 2nd-round target in fantasy drafts.

The 49ers are hopeful that WR Deebo Samuel (foot) will be able to return to practice next week, HC Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. Samuel remains a long shot to play in the opener against Arizona. But it looks like he has a shot to return for Week 2 or 3, barring a setback. Samuel is well worth a shot if you can get him in Round 9 or 10.

The 49ers have placed LB Fred Warner on the COVID-19 reserve list. It's not yet clear whether Warner has tested positive or merely been exposed to a COVID-positive person. If Warner displays symptoms, his Week 1 availability would be in jeopardy. Other players have come off the list in as little as a day or 2. We'll keep an eye on the star LB's situation as the opener approaches. If Warner misses any games, Dre Greenlaw would likely take on a 3-down role.

It sounds like there's nothing to worry about with the "tight" hamstring that ended Wednesday's practice early for 49ers TE George Kittle. “He’s good with all the testing, so there’s nothing pulled or strained, just tightness,” HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “The way George moves and the way he goes, he only knows one way, so when he’s tight, we're going to protect him from himself and wait until he’s not tight.” Kittle still sat out practice Friday, but you can continue with drafting him as you had planned.

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