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Injury Reports for Cowboys-49ers in Wild Card Round

Tomorrow the and will lock horns in their first (and for one team, their only) playoff game of the . Both teams are relatively healthy at this late point in the football year, but there were a few items on the reports that we should consider.

The biggest stories for both teams are the players who won't miss the game. The Cowboys got back a slew of key talent who missed the Week 18 finale in Philadelphia for various reasons; RB , OT , LB , CB , CB , and S .

San Francisco had some concerns as well as RB Elijah Mitchell and OT Trent Williams both missed Wednesday's practice with knee and elbow issues, respectively. But the two offensive starters were limited on Thursday and full participants yesterday, so no concerns remain about their availability for Sunday.

Let's see who has been declared out, or is at least questionable, for this game.

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Dallas will be without veteran Keanu Neal tomorrow. While he hasn't been the impact player we hoped for last , Neal has played a significant role on by playing at least 60% of the snaps in five of his last seven games.

Missing Neal will mean more work , who thankfully has been stepping it up toward the end of the season. It could also pull into additional snaps when Micah Parsons is being used as a pass rusher.

We may also see safeties Jayron Kearse and deployed in hybrid roles, particularly on passing downs, to help mitigate the missing linebackers.

Speaking of safeties, rookie Israel Mukuamu has also been declared out with a hamstring injury. But having been inactive most of the season anyway, his absence isn't really an issue.

San Francisco 49ers

  • LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee) – Questionable
  • LB Marcell Harris (Achilles) – Questionable
  • S Talanoa Hufanga (knee) – Questionable
  • P Mitch Wishnowsky (concussion) – Questionable

While Fred Warner gets most of the attention from the 49ers linebacker corps, fellow starter Azeez Al-Shaair plays a huge role and produces roughly the same statistics per game as his All-Pro teammate. After missing three of the last four games with a knee issue, Al-Shaair was limited in practice this week and then missed Friday completely.

While the 49ers have not yet ruled Azeez out for Sunday, a DNP on a Friday is generally not a good sign. What's more, backup Marcell Harris is dealing with an Achilles issue. The LB depth could be put to the test on Sunday if Al-Shaair can't go.

Backup Talanoa Hufanga doesn't play a huge role but has started three games in 2021 and appeared in 15 total. He reaggravated a knee injury in the Week 18 finale and was limited all week.

Mitch Wishnowsky is in concussion protocol and his status will be determined later today. San Francisco does have another punter, journeyman Ryan Winslow, on the but this could be a big shakeup on that nobody wants in a playoff game.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Robert Eberenz

Cowboys fan since the 1970s, I appreciate objectivity, looking forward to the game tomorrow.

Praying that it doesn’t go the way of the first year of Barry Switzer when he ran the ball in the 4th quarter repeatedly, running the clock out on the chance of us coming back, when we needed to be throwing the ball against San Francisco.

Troy and Michael and Jay could have won us that playoff game. Had we thrown the ball, it’s likely we would have had four straight Super Bowls.

I was at AT&T stadium for the 2016 – 2017 playoff game. I still have the towel that says finish the fight.

I still remember cheering with everyone when we were ahead at the end thinking just don’t let Aaron Rodgers throw a long pass down the field and put them in field goal range.

I was in the upper part of the stadium but I still remember seeing that pass thinking don’t let that guy catch it, why didn’t we blitz so Aaron couldn’t get off a long pass, please tell me there was pass interference, ……..we’re screwed.

I’ll be watching from Louisville, Kentucky.

Come on Cowboys! Let’s win this one!
Cowboys Nation is counting on you!
America is counting on you America’s team!
Go Cowboys!

John Webb

Only a team from Texas would be calling they’re team (America’s Team) You ain’t all that,never going to be all that.

John rebb

Only a bully would get on here and tell another person that they ain’t all that. Love your team and shut up. Both good teams and I hope it’s a hell of a game.

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