Just when the 49ers appear set to welcome back their starting quarterback, another key player has gone down with an injury.
Left tackle Trent Williams (elbow/ankle) didn’t participate in San Francisco’s practice for a 3rd straight day and draws a doubtful designation, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) had no designation and rookie signal-caller Trey Lance (knee) is out, needless to say. Garoppolo will start when the 49ers host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.
Williams has been a rock for the 49ers, protecting the side of Garoppolo and Lance. If offensive line injuries matter more due to the quarterback they’re protecting, perhaps none is more important than the lads taskaed with blocking for Garoppolo, the often-injured signal-caller whose inability to remain on the sector prompted San Francisco to draft a legitimate talent and eventual successor.
Williams is that the 49ers’ best player liable for protecting Garoppolo. Last season, he was the simplest tackle within the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. His absence would make the return of Garoppolo a more nervous event than if Williams was ready to play.
Garoppolo will return after missing Week 5 against the Cardinals. Lance started in Garoppolo’s place within the loss to Arizona, but won’t be available Sunday.
The 49ers’ fanbase will keep its collective fingers crossed that rookie Jaylon Moore can convince a be a serviceable replacement if Williams can’t go.