The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 15 contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The 49ers are dealing with several injuries on defense, many of which are to starters. Both defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman are expected to miss time as the team closes out its regular-season schedule. They continue to miss practice as they both rehab hamstring injuries.

The good news on the Sherman front is that he was seen moving well on the field before practice kicked off.

Sherman told reporters after practice that he feels he could play on Sunday if the 49ers would let him, and that he hopes to play next weekend against the Los Angeles Rams.

Defensive tackle D.J. Jones did not practice, and his ankle injury is believed to be significant. So significant, in fact, that it could end his season, head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed this week.

Others who sat out Thursday's practice are safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow), and cornerback K'Waun Williams (concussion).

Wide receiver Dante Pettis (knee) appears to be on track to return. He was a full practice participant for the second consecutive day.

Below are Thursday's practice participation reports for both the 49ers and Falcons, which were provided by the 49ers Communications staff.

San Francisco 49ers Thursday Practice

Did Not Participate In Practice
TE Garrett Celek (back), DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DT D.J. Jones (ankle), CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), DT Jullian Taylor (elbow), CB K'Waun Williams (concussion)

Full Participation in Practice
WR Dante Pettis (knee)

Atlanta Falcons Thursday Practice

Did Not Participate In Practice
DE Allen Bailey (not injury related), G James Carpenter (concussion), C Alex Mack (not injury related), T Ty Sambrailo (hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice
LB De'Vondre Campbell (calf), DE Adrian Clayborn (back), RB Devonta Freeman (knee), WR Julio Jones (shoulder), CB Isaiah Oliver (shoulder), G Wes Schweitzer (shoulder)

Full Participation in Practice
S Sharrod Neasman (shoulder)

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