Kyle Shanahan: Trent Williams suffered no setbacks in Week 10

Nov 13, 2023, 4:22 PM | Updated: 7:19 pm

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More good news for the 49ers as they not only leave Week 10 with an emphatic win but also with a relatively clean bill of health, according to coach Kyle Shanahan.

The San Francisco 49ers coach relayed that the team suffered minor scratches against the Jacksonville Jaguars, with all of their stars making it through in one piece. That includes left tackle Trent Williams, already dealing with a bad ankle that kept him out for two games. Williams’ status for Sunday was up in the air until game-time, with the player pleading with his team to let him play.

In the end, he got his wish, helping the 49ers to a 34-3 victory on the road to snap their three-game losing streak.

“Trent, like I said last night, checked out today the same way, no setbacks, and hopefully he’ll continue to get better this week,” Kyle Shanahan said during his Monday conference call.

Unfortunately, the offense did take a hit, however, as right tackle Colton McKivitz is day-to-day with ankle and knee injuries.

McKivitz, 27, got rolled up on during the Week 10 contest, gutting it out the rest of the way. While the prognosis could be much worse for the starter, his Week 11 status is officially up in the air. San Francisco has depth though, with swing tackles Jaylon Moore and Matt Pryor both seen as the likely candidates to fill in in the meantime.

[Moore] does have that flexibility. I mean, we will discuss both. Once the season starts, [run game coordinator Chris Forester] reps those guys at all the spots, not as much of their off spots, but he covers those for all those situations because you never know where you’re gonna go. So it’s always a possibility with all those guys,” Shanahan explained.

Additionally, backup OL Jon Feliciano stepped in for left guard Aaron Banks (turf toe) Sunday. The veteran did his job to a tee, only allowing one pressure on the day. That, along with his performances in practice this season, has warranted more opportunities on gameday, according to Kyle Shanahan. And not just at left guard, but across the line as well.

“I thought they played real well,” Shanahan said of Feliciano and right guard Spencer Burford. “They did some real good things in the run game [and] in the pass game, so I was very happy with them.”

Feliciano, 31, is sporting a 82.3 Pro Football Focus grade on 98 offensive snaps this season.

Regardless of the personnel, the 49ers will look to go on a run in the second half of the 2023 season. That’s partially due to the fact that they were hungry to avenge their recent losses, having to let the stink of defeat fester with them while on the bye week.

“I think we were excited,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Losing those three games in a row and then having to take a week off and just let it fester, I mean, guys, we were sick of that feeling. I think guys came back from the bye week pretty pissed and we were really looking forward to this game.”

Upcoming San Francisco 49ers Schedule

  • Sunday, Nov. 19th vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Thursday, Nov. 23rd @ Seattle Seahawks – 5:20 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, Dec. 3rd @ Philadelphia Eagles – 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, Dec. 10th vs. Seattle Seahawks – 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Sunday, Dec. 17th @ Arizona Cardinals – 1:05 p.m. PST

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