The San Francisco 49ers received good news about K’Waun Williams’ injury on Monday.
The San Francisco 49ers have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug this summer with a number of wide receivers sidelined with significant injuries. So when slot cornerback K’Waun Williams went down, fans certainly held their breath.
Williams was held out of Monday’s practice prompting questions about his status. And as first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Williams suffered a Grade 1 calf strain.
While at first glance that might not sound too great, Pelissero indicated that this is, indeed, good news for Williams. An official timetable hasn’t been given, but it does appear as though he’s set to return sooner rather than later.
That’s a sigh of relief for a 49ers team that has felt the brunt of the injury bug over the last few months — particularly at the wide receiver position.
Deebo Samuel is set to miss the first few weeks of the season as he recovers from a broken foot. Richie James remains sidelined with a broken wrist. And the latest news about Jalen Hurd’s torn ACL has proved troublesome to the receiving corps.
The 49ers were in need of some positive news on the injury front and it appears as though Pelissero’s report provides that.
Who would the 49ers play at nickel cornerback if K’Waun Williams was forced to miss time?
With Williams sidelined, the 49ers gave the majority of the first-team reps in the slot to Jimmie Ward who shifted over from his usual safety position.
Ward has experience playing both safety and cornerback but given how well he played last year, the 49ers would certainly like to keep him at safety.
Fortunately, Williams will likely return in the coming days/weeks, although Pelissero did indicate that the Niners will “take it slow” with him. However, with just a few weeks until the start of the regular season, he needs every rep he can get.
Expect Williams back on the field shortly as the 49ers avoid another costly injury.