49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams reportedly “intends to play” in Sunday’s Wild Card playoff matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, after missing last week’s game with an elbow sprain. ESPN’s Ed Werder spoke to Williams after he missed Wednesday’s half-speed practice session in Santa Clara.
According to Pro Football Focus, Williams’ 98.3 overall grade in the regular season was the highest for any player in the league. His run-blocking graded out at 98.5 while his pass-blocking graded out at 86.0. He also recorded a 57.7 receiving grade after unsuccessfully trying to haul in a touchdown pass earlier this season. The hulking, yet athletic 6-foot-5, 320 tackle was named to his ninth straight Pro Bowl this season.
“Trent is better today than he was on Sunday,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday, via 49ers PR. “But still I'm hoping he'll be ready for Sunday.”
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared these photos from Wednesday's practice.
As Inman noted, 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky was limited to side work after suffering a concussion last week against the Rams. Kicker Robbie Gould filled in for Wishnowsky as an emergency punter last week.
49ers special teams coach Richard Hightower told reporters that the team has signed punter Ryan Winslow to the practice squad as insurance if Wishnowsky can’t play.
“We signed Ryan Winslow as a precautionary because you guys, as you know, like [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] said, Mitch is in the [concussion] protocol, so we'll see how that goes,” Hightower said. “But we did sign Ryan Winslow who's punted and has some experience this year punting and he's a good player.”
Winslow, 27, has punted in four games for three teams this season, most recently with the Washington Football Team in Week 17. He is averaging 39.1 yards on his 16 punts this season.