Kyle Shanahan updates Trent Williams status, 49ers health before NFC Championship


49ers coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media via teleconference Monday afternoon for the first time since learning his team will face the Rams in the NFC Championship. Shanahan offered health updates on a number of key players, including all-important All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams.

According to Shanahan, X-rays didn’t reveal any broken bones for Williams, who only has a right ankle sprain and was spotted using crutches following Saturday’s epic 13-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.

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“Similar to what we dealt with last week with Jordan [Willis],” Shanahan said. “Just some old stuff in there, too. Not exactly sure on him, but we’ll manage him and see how this week goes throughout the week.”

Willis was questionable heading into Saturday’s game against the Packers, but ultimately blocked a fourth-quarter punt that led to an iconic, game-tying 49ers touchdown. Williams is arguably the top player on the team, so they're hoping he can follow a similar recovery.

Cornerback Ambry Thomas sat out last week’s contest with a knee injury and “has a much better chance” to play this week and could return to practice Wednesday, per Shanahan. The rookie sealed the 49ers’ thrilling 27-24 win at SoFi Stadium in Week 18 with an overtime interception.

Shanahan told reporters wide receiver / offensive weapon Deebo Samuel took a helmet to his knee, but should be fine to play Sunday. Samuel had to limp off the field in the final minute of Saturday’s contest at Green Bay, but played a crucial role in the victory.

“He’s sore today but we expect to see him on the practice field this week,” Shanahan said.

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Running back Jeff Wilson suffered an ankle sprain on the opening kickoff Saturday but it wasn’t a high-ankle sprain, so the 49ers are hopeful he will be active against the Rams.

“We’ll see how this week goes,” Shanahan said. “He has a chance.”

Williams’ status will be key to monitor all week long, but it sounds like the 49ers avoided any long-term damage. All things considered, San Francisco made it out of Green Bay in pretty good shape, health-wise.