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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers began a second straight week of practice with Nick Mullens at quarterback in place of injured starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo missed practice Wednesday with a sprained ankle suffered in Week 2 and his status for Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia remains in doubt.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will have to show in practice that he’s healthy enough to avoid the pass rush in order to play Sunday.

“Anytime you’re dealing with an ankle, you might feel all right when you’re standing there, but can you move around and get into the awkward positions without hurting yourself? That’s really what we’d have to see,” Shanahan said. “It would be tough for us to see that and truly judge that if he didn’t get into practice. So, hopefully can get out there for at least one live period and we have those all the way up until Friday. We’ve just got to see that he’s healthy, but that won’t be able to happen if we can’t get him in practice.”

The Niners did get some good news on the injury front with No. 1 receiver Deebo Samuel having a 21-day practice window open and All-Pro tight end George Kittle being a full participant.

Samuel hasn’t practiced all season and was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot suffered in informal offseason workouts. Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three TDs as a rookie last season and also made big contributions in the running game. He had 14 carries for 159 yards and three scores.

“He’s healthy, so we just want to see him out there and get back in the swing of playing football,” Shanahan said. “It’s been awhile since he has. … We just need to see him go through three days and what type of shape he’s in and if he can protect himself, he’ll be out there.”

Kittle missed the past two games with a sprained knee. He is one of the most important pieces to San Francisco’s offense as both a dominating run blocker and the team’s biggest threat in the passing game.

His 216 catches for 2,945 yards are the most ever for a tight end in his first three NFL seasons.

Having a healthy Kittle and possibly Samuel will be a big boost for whoever starts at quarterback. Mullens showed the dropoff isn’t too big when Garoppolo is hurt by throwing for 343 yards and a touchdown in a win last week against the Giants in his first start in nearly 21 months.

Mullens has been very productive when he has played, with his 2,620 yards passing in nine career starts ranking third most at that juncture of a career, trailing only Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck.

“I think his confidence was definitely up there,” right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. “I think this time around, he knew he’s had some accomplishments in this game as a starter. He’s had success as a starter for our football team. I think it was just getting back to what he does. Nick’s as good of a pro as we have in this building. He’s always on his preparation. The way that his mind works and the way that he’s able to think through the demands of our offense is as good as anybody.”

Despite how well Mullens has played, there’s no quarterback controversy. Shanahan said there’s no scenario where Mullens could play well enough to supplant a healthy Garoppolo as starter.

“This is Jimmy’s team,” Shanahan said. “He’s done a hell of a job for us and when he’s healthy, he’ll be playing again for us.”

NOTES: DE Dee Ford (back), LB Dre Greenlaw (quadriceps), CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion), RB Raheem Mostert (knee), CB K’Waun Williams (hip) and TE Jordan Reed (knee) didn’t practice. … After several bad snaps on kicks last week, the Niners released long snapper Kyle Nelson and signed Taybor Peper for the role. … San Francisco also signed TE Daniel Helm from Tampa Bay’s practice squad to the active roster. … LB Mark Nzeocha (quadrieps) was placed on IR. … The team signed OL Cody Conway and TE Charlie Taumoepeau to the practice squad and released OL William Sweet from the practice squad.


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Chiefs WR Suffers Scary Injury Due to Indoor Training Camp Facility: Report

Getty Arrowhead Stadium, where Armani Watts played for the last four seasons.

The Kansas City Chiefs decided to hold practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the indoor facility at Western State University in St. Joesph, Missouri. But during practice, a scary incident took place involving wide receiver Gary Jennings which might make the team re-think holding any more practices inside the indoor facility this summer.

Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride detailed the incident.

“I don’t want to go on this negative tangent about Missouri Western State or whatever, but it’s not a good enough place for the Chiefs to have indoor practice when they need it,” Sweeney said during the Arrowhead Pride Editor Show on Aug. 9. “The walls are too close to the field, and these are world-class athletes.

“So what happened was, Greg Jennings was running to catch a pass — a wide receiver that I would say is trying to make the practice squad on this team, let’s be honest — he’s going all-out, he’s trying to make one of those 16 practice squad spots, and there’s a, what looks like a garage window type of situation like a panel…he ran into a garage door and his head’s bouncing off the glass, and if you’ve ever seen a car spider-web, it was a like thud and the window spider-webbed.”

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— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 9, 2022

Sweeney also detailed how tight end Travis Kelce expressed some lighthearted support for his fellow pass-catcher prior to realizing Jennings was actually injured.

“This is before we realized that Jennings got a concussion from this, but, I’m pretty sure Travis Kelce screamed, ‘Hell yeah!'”

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Chris Jones Details Being Pranked at Camp With Fake Bobcat

Being at training camp away from friends and family is a grind for NFL players and staffers, so some of them try to lighten the mood during that time by playing pranks on each other. Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was the recipient of one of those pranks this year.

While on the set of NFL Network on Aug. 8, Jones detailed a prank pulled on him this year which involved a fake bobcat in his dorm room at Missouri Western State University.

“Our head security guy, Brian Shafar, has a sense of humor…I was going late night, coming home from a day off, coming to my room, and I opened the door and I see this bad boy looking at me, and I didn’t know if it was worst to run because I knew it would chase me if I ran,” Jones explained while sitting next to the fake bobcat on set.

“They had a speaker there that sounded like a bobcat growling at me. I 1froze for a minute, but I got myself together quickly and realized it was fake.”

[email protected] DT Chris Jones shares the hilarious prank pulled on him at training camp involving a… bobcat⁉️@StoneColdJones | @SteveMariucci | @JamesPalmerTV

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 8, 2022

Chiefs Set to Face Bears in Preseason Opener

With the defending AFC West champions now in their second week of padded practices, they are now prepping to face the Chicago Bears in their preseason opener. That game is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 12 p.m. central time at Soldier Field in Chicago.

We have yet to hear from Kansas City’s coaching staff how many reps the starters will play in the preseason opener.

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