SANTA CLAU, Calif. – Two days after losing a pair of injuries to season-ending injuries during organized team activities, the San Francisco 49ers call it out of season.
Coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Wednesday that the Niners will have no more OTA and will cancel their mini-camp with a full team, which was to take place on June 15-17.
Shanahan said the cancellation of the mini-camp was planned before the injuries, although he canceled the planned eighth OTA in part because of them.
“We are completely finished,” Shanahan said. “My plan was to take eight and then I would surprise them on Thursday and take them all to bowling, but after our seventh training session with those two injuries and just the aura it gave him, I wouldn̵
Although the 49 completed only seven of the possible 10 OTA sessions, Shanahan was pleased with the turnout. At one point, only the defensive end of Dee Ford was not in the building, as he continues to rehabilitate a back injury.
“Having 89 boys here and getting seven OTA practices, I felt great about it,” Shanahan said.
On Monday, the 49s lost offensive commander Justin Scullet and defender Tarvarius Moore from a torn ACL and a torn Achilles, respectively. Shanahan said those injuries were within three games.
These injuries, along with the torn torn meniscus of Jeff Wilson Jr., suffered on May 20 in the team’s locker room after training, come on the heels of the injured 49ers season in 2020, in which they lost 161.6 games due to second injury. by the size of any team in the last 20 years, according to the adjusted Football Outsiders games for lost indicators (which is also taken into account in the missing games of players due to COVID-19).
Repeated injuries to starters and key players have left Shanahan and general manager John Lynch sworn to seek answers to their health problems this season. This included some changes to their project ratings, which added a greater emphasis on endurance and the signing of free agents who were available to play more often than not.
This does not necessarily mean that the training camp will take on a completely different look, Shanahan said.
“We always re-evaluate things and do them,” Shanahan said. “I would say we take turns every year. Sit down and say we’re going to do a training camp differently because someone is hurt getting up from a chair, because someone got hurt on the air and someone got hurt on their knee. playing football would be quite irresponsible on my part and extremely reactionary. Just try to do what is right for our boys and do it in the safest way possible. “
Asked how he could find a balance between keeping players healthy and getting them in shape, Shanahan noted that the four Niners players had suffered serious injuries last season when they were away from the facility. He also pointed out that the shortened training camp helps players get to the season healthy, but doesn’t seem to help them stay that way when the games start.
“One thing I know, just being around him for 19 years, you have to play football to prepare for football, and the more football you play, the better you are and the longer you can do it,” he said. Shanahan.
The 49ers are expected to begin camp on July 31. Shanahan said the Niners plan to train with the Los Angeles Chargers in the week leading up to their August 22 preliminaries.
As for how COVID-19 restrictions will affect the team, Shanahan said 52 of the 91 players on the list have been vaccinated. That’s quite a bit less than the 85% it takes teams to do business in a way closer to what they did before the pandemic, but Shanahan hopes the 49 will reach the 77 vaccinated players needed before the start. at the camp.
“It’s a different solution for everyone, especially for religious reasons,” Shanahan said. “… I just hope we do, because I don’t want to wear my mask here anymore and I want to have team meetings in our normal meeting room and be able to walk with each other when we go on the way to the hotels. We hope it will work out. “