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49ers-Cowboys Injury Report and Updated Game Statuses for Garoppolo, Mitchell, Trent Williams, and More

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NFL Football

Jan 16, 2022 · 6:00 AM PST

Jimmy Garoppolo gives a thumbs up
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gives a thumbs up while warming up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • The Dallas Cowboys will host the San Francisco 49ers in Wild Card play Sunday
  • Both teams enter this playoff game mostly healthy
  • Read on for all injury updates and ahead of Sunday’s game

After a week where they were unsure of who would play quarterback and missing their best offensive linemen, the San Francisco 49ers appear as healthy as they will be when they visit the Dallas Cowboys for their Wild Card playoff game Sunday.

Dallas is relatively healthy, though their single entry to the injury list is a significant one for their defense.

Let’s run through the final injury reports ahead of this 4:30pm ET clash from AT&T Stadium.

In case you missed it, the home team are 3-point favorites in this one.

49ers Injury Report

Player Position Injury Game Status
Azeez Al-Shaair LB Knee Questionable
Marcell Harris LB Achilles Questionable
Talanoa Hufanga S Knee Questionable
Mitch Wishnowsky P Concussion Questionable

49ers Injury Outlook

Perhaps the biggest surprise for the 49ers was who wasn’t on the injury list.

Jimmy Garoppolo, whose status for the must-win Week 18 finale against the Los Angeles Rams was only revealed a few hours before kickoff, was not listed on San Francisco’s final report.

Suffering ligament damage in the thumb of his throwing hand, Jimmy G got the start in Week 18 and finished strong against LA, throwing for 316 yards and a TD. He’ll have to contend with a Dallas defense that led the league in turnovers forced this year.

Trent Williams, sidelined with an elbow injury in Week 18, didn’t practice Wednesday, but returned to practice Friday and will be starting at left tackle. He’ll help bolster a pass attack that averages 248.3 yards per game and a stout run game that ranks seventh in the NFL.

Part of that run success has come from the production of running back Elijah Mitchell. Mitchell has been hampered by a knee injury that limited him against the Rams, but he should be a full go against Dallas.

The rookie back had 963 rush yards and five TD’s in the regular season.

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Cowboys Injury Report

Player Position Injury Game Status
Keanu Neal LB Chest/elbow Out

Cowboys Injury Outlook

Dallas got healthy just in time for San Francisco, but they will miss Keanu Neal, who is one of their impressive linebacker trio that includes of Defensive Rookie of the Year lock Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch.

Safety Jayron Kearse, who had been battling a hamstring injury will also return to the Dallas secondary.

On offense, Tony Pollard will be back to team with Zeke Elliott in the rush attack. In 15 games this season, he had 169 touches for 1,056 total yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 719 yards on the year.

Elliott is coming off an 87-yard effort in Week 18, which pushed him over the 1,000 rushing yard mark for the season.

Left tackle Tyron Smith, dealing with ankle and knee injuries, has been cleared, which is huge for Dallas’ offensive line.

On top of helping the run game, he’ll be protecting Dak Prescott, coming off a spectacular tune-up against the Eagles, throwing for 295 yards and five TD’s in a 51-26 win. It’s the second time in three weeks the Cowboys have gone for 50+ points.

They’ll be dealing with a very good  San Francisco defense. They’re tied for fifth in the NFL with 48 sacks, and they’re coming off a win over the Rams where they piled up 13 QB hits and picked off Matthew Stafford twice.

They are also seventh in the NFL in rush defense, allowing only 103.5 yards per game.

Impact of Injuries on 49ers vs Cowboys Betting Lines

This line opened at Dallas -3, but there’s been minimal fluctuations on this, as both the 49ers and Cowboys got healthy leading up to Sunday.

Barring any late-breaking injury news, we’ll be seeing the best of these two teams Sunday, in the first meeting between these two glamour franchises in the playoffs since the 1995 season.

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