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San Francisco 49ers left tackle and 10-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams is listed as questionable for his team’s road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but will start after missing the last two games with a right ankle injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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49ers’ LT Trent Williams has been adamant with the team that he wants and intends to play today, despite his sprained ankle and “questionable” injury designation. And even though he is not fully recovered, he will start today vs. the Jaguars, giving the team an emotional boost.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Saturday that “the 49ers will make a decision on (Williams) close to Sunday. He’s still experiencing discomfort, so he’s not a slam dunk to play — but will try to push through against the Jaguars.”
Williams didn’t practice Wednesday but logged limited practices on Thursday and Friday.
As David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone noted, Williams’ injury was initially classified as a low-ankle sprain. However, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted to reporters in a Nov. 8 chat that there’s more to the injury.
“Yeah, I think obviously there is. I mean, he’s got a lot of history in there with stuff. It didn’t show up as a high or anything like that, but when you’ve had that over your career, there’s a number of things that, with how it’s taken longer than expected to heal, it’s more than a low.”
Williams suffered the injury during the first quarter of the 49ers’ 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 15. He briefly left but returned and finished the game.
The 49ers have notably not fared nearly as well without a healthy (or active) Williams, losing those three matchups after winning their first five.
If Williams can’t go, then the 49ers will turn to Jaylon Moore to protect quarterback Brock Purdy’s blindside. The third-year pro out of Western Michigan has started the last two games in Williams’ absence.
Kickoff against the 6-2 Jags will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.