3 defensive starters still out

The 49ers’ injury prospects for Saturday’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals remain relatively bleak. While Dion Jordan and Tarvarius Moore returned to training on Wednesday, a trio of defensive starters remained on the sidelines.

Richard Sherman is still dealing with a calf problem. Jimmie Ward is in concussion protocol and Javon Kinlaw has a knee injury.

With the short week due to a Saturday kickoff, San Francisco has a fewer day to get players healthy enough to play. A bit of optimism can be found in the fact that Wednesday in a typical week is the first training day, and the players who were beaten up on Sunday have not participated anyway.

However, non-participation in the first two days of exercises is not a good sign of their availability on the way into Saturday. Thursday’s practice and subsequent injury report give us a better indication of how the team’s health will look against the Cardinals.

Here is the full participation report from Wednesday’s practice:

Did not participate

DT Javon Kinlaw (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (ankle)
QB Nick Mullens (right elbow)
WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
FS Jimmie Ward (concussion)

Limited participation

C Hroniss Grasu (knee)
WR Richie James (ankle)
DE Dion Jordan (knee)
S Tarvarius Moore (knee)

Full participation

CB Jason Verrett (illness)