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49ers-Bengals Injury Report: Elijah Mitchell dealing with ‘knee irritation’ and concussion; Fred Warner returns

Dec 8, 2021 at 2:54 PM--

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 14 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Linebacker Fred Warner was back on the practice field after not practicing last week and missing Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain.

"One hundred percent," Warner responded when asked before practice how he feels.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who also missed Sunday's game, didn't practice on Wednesday.

"I'm hoping he'll practice tomorrow," Shanahan noted.

Samuel, linebacker Dre Greenlaw, and defensive end Dee Ford were seen getting some work in on a side field. Shanahan also said he hopes Ford returns to practice on Thursday.

Running backs Elijah Mitchell and Trenton Cannon, who each suffered a concussion on Sunday, did not practice. Kyle Shanahan added that Mitchell, the team's leading rusher, is also dealing with a knee injury. However, the head coach noted that an MRI revealed no serious damage.

"I think they're calling it a knee irritation right now," Shanahan said.

Mitchell is considered day-to-day.

Did Shanahan feel that the forearm from Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor to Mitchell's head area was a "cheap shot" or "dirty hit"?

"Dirty, to me, usually [indicates] that someone had intent to hurt someone on it," Shanahan responded. "So that's why I don't really call it that way. I think it's third-and-one, and every inch matters, and guys are going hard. And [Taylor] came around from the side, and Elijah was in a vulnerable position, and the guy hit him in a tough spot. That's why I wouldn't say that's dirty on the guy because I don't think he's trying to do that."

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

San Francisco 49ers Wednesday Practice

Did Not Participate In Practice
DL Nick Bosa (not injury related - resting player), RB Trenton Cannon (concussion), LB Dre Greenlaw (groin), DL Maurice Hurst (calf), C Alex Mack (not injury related - resting player), RB Elijah Mitchell (concussion, knee), CB Emmanuel Moseley (ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (groin), T Trent Williams (not injury related - resting player)

Limited Participation in Practice
RB Jeffery Wilson (knee)

Full Participation in Practice
LB Marcell Harris (concussion), LB Fred Warner (hamstring)

Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday Practice

Did Not Participate In Practice
CB Chidobe Awuzie (foot), QB Joe Burrow (right finger, knee), RB Chris Evans (ankle), WR Tee Higgins (ankle), RB Joe Mixon (illness), DT D.J. Reader (not injury related - resting player), DT Tyler Shelvin (illness), LB Logan Wilson (shoulder)

Limited Participation in Practice
LB Joe Bachie (knee), LB Markus Bailey (neck), C Trey Hopkins (ankle), T Riley Reiff (ankle)

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