49ers RB Jerick McKinnon saw his first practice action since tearing his ACL during the preseason a year ago. McKinnon was activated from the PUP list Tuesday and took part in a walkthrough. The team says it will continue to be careful with him.
“I mean, health-wise and stuff, he feels like he could jump in today,” 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said via the Athletic’s Matt Barrows. “We felt that at least a week ago. But there’s a whole process you’ve got to go through. … Especially (for) a running back. You throw him into the mess, and we try not to ever go to the ground, but that’s almost impossible throughout a whole practice. You don’t want people rolling on his legs and things like that.”
McKinnon signed a four-year deal with $15.7 million guaranteed with San Francisco last season after spending his first four seasons in Minnesota. However, McKinnon never saw the field in a game for the 49ers. He’s determined to do everything he can to prevent that from happening again this year.
“It’s been a long process, just thankful to get back out there, around the guys, in the huddle, hear play calls, just get into the small things about football,” McKinnon said via NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan. “I told myself, just feel it out, make sure everything is smooth, focus on the details, work on trust, cutting off that knee. Everything will come, so trying to not get ahead of myself. It really hits you when you have something you love taken away from you. So every little thing was exciting for me today.”
- Per Barrows, Shanahan had high praise for WR Kendrick Bourne, who’s in a tight battle for one of the last spots on the roster: “(He’s) having a hell of a camp.”
- 49ers first-round DE Nick Bosa had to leave practice with a lower leg injury, however, DC Robert Saleh said he didn’t think the injury “was anything to worry about.” (Cam Inman)
- 49ers CB Jason Verrett also left early with an unspecified injury. (Inman)
- Both players will undergo MRI’s. (Matt Barrows)
- According to the Los Angeles Times’ Gary Klein, Rams RB Todd Gurley continues to follow his practice plan and will sit out Thursday.
- Ram HC Sean McVay says Gurley is doing well: “It’s been a progressive build. He hasn’t had any sort of setbacks.”
- Per John Boyle of the team website, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said the team received “a really good update” on first-round DE L.J. Collier‘s sprained foot.
- Collier is out of the boot and doing well, though there’s not a timeline for his return. (Bob Condotta)
- Seahawks sixth-round RB Travis Homer (quad strain), TE Jacob Hollister (groin) and RB C.J. Prosise (first-degree hip strain) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason opener. RB J.D. McKissic will be a game-time decision. (Curtis Crabtree)