49ers injury report: Jennings' Week 18 status is unknown

Santa Clara— Wide receiver Jauan Jennings returned to 49ers practice this week after completing the NFL's concussion protocol. Jennings returned to limited practice Thursday after missing the last two games.

Jennings may play Sunday as the 49ers finish the 2023 NFL regular season against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. In 13 games this season, 49ers No. 3 wide out Jennings has 19 receptions for 265 yards and a score.

Coach Kyle Shanahan has claimed six players would miss the game due to injuries, including starting running back Christian McCaffrey (calf), defensive lineman Arik Armstead (foot and knee), and safety Tashaun Gipson (quadricep) and Ji'Ayir Brown.

When asked Wednesday if he could have played Sunday if the 49ers hadn't already clinched postseason home-field advantage, McCaffrey said, "Oh, 100%." A hundred percent.” Shanahan said quarterback Brock Purdy will miss the game as a precaution along with the six injured players.

Purdy and backup Sam Darnold, who will start against the Rams, are sharing practice snaps this week. Purdy, the team's third emergency quarterback behind Darnold and Brandon Allen, may not play.

San Francisco's first playoff game will likely be on Saturday, Jan. 20, in the NFC divisional round. Tight end The ankle of Ross Dwelley and the hand of cornerback Ambry Thomas will also prevent them from playing Sunday.

Tuesday's operation repaired Thomas' right hand fracture. He should be postseason-ready. Backup tackle Jaylon Moore has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and will likely play left tackle on Sunday. Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams may miss the regular-season finale for the 49ers.

Wide receivers Ray-Ray McCloud (rib) and Danny Gray (shoulder) remain on injured reserve for the 49ers. Thursday saw full practices for both. The organization opened practice windows, and both players may return to the 53-man roster for Sunday's game and the playoffs.

Watch this space for further developments.