49ers’ top cornerback Charvarius Ward sidelined, as is Emmanuel Moseley

49ers’ top cornerback Charvarius Ward sidelined, as is Emmanuel Moseley

By Cam Inman

SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Charvarius Ward, the 49ers’ top offseason acquisition, won’t debut in his No. 35 jersey this preseason.

But a muscle strain should not sideline him for the Sept. 11, regular-season opener at Chicago.

“He had a little setback here with a muscle strain, so he’ll be out the next two weeks or so,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on KNBR 680-AM before Wednesday’s practice.

“He’s gotten enough baseline in to where his camp’s been perfect, and at least now I know he’s not going to get a serious injury the next two weeks, and he’ll be ready to go Week 1.”

Fellow starting cornerback Emmanuel Moseley missed the past two practices with a hamstring strain, so expect to see an array of young cornerbacks when the 49ers open their preseason Friday night against the Green Bay Packers and Jordan Love, who’ll start at quarterback in place of an idle Aaron Rodgers.

Through 11 practices, Ward indeed has looked “better than advertised,” as Shanahan said.

Ward, after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, participated briefly in the 49ers’ offseason program before a leg issue sidelined him. He’s been in and out of practices through camp, but he started Tuesday’s session, with Ka’Dar Hollman lining up at right cornerback in place of Moseley.

Deommodore Lenoir and Ambry Thomas, a pair of 2021 draft picks, have seen a heavy workload in camp, as have Samuel Womack III and Tariq Castro-Fields, a pair of 2022 picks.

Shanahan said on KNBR that Ward was the top cornerback they targeted “right there at the top” in free agency, for good reason. “We struggled in that area last year, having to bring in vets (Josh Norman) and then putting in rookies who weren’t quite ready,”

The 49ers have had a relatively healthy camp, aside from season-ending injury to defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and tight end Jordan Matthews.

Source: Paradise Post

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