One of the 49ers' top players may participate in Sunday's Week 18 game against the Rams at Levi's Stadium.
General manager John Lynch told KNBR 680's "Murph & Markus" on Friday morning that All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams may play in the regular-season finale despite the 49ers resting several players after clinching the NFC's top playoff seed.
I think we intend on playing Trent early in this game and seeing where that goes and Trent's all for it," Lynch. "Trent's done tremendous, he's in really good health, and he understands and trusts in Kyle [Shanahan] and our coaching staff that we're going to put him and the rest of his teammates in the best possible position
Williams missed two games with a high ankle sprain earlier this season and suffered a minor groin injury in San Francisco's Week 16 defeat to the Ravens. This weekend, the 35-year-old is fit and playing well, especially after a comfortable win against his former Washington Commanders colleagues.
Trent's healthy now," Lynch remarked. "Watching him in Washington is great. It seems you always have something more versus your previous squad. I enjoy seeing him play with excitement, like when Arizona won and we're in the locker room. I'm glad he's enjoying football because sometimes men don't relate to their teammates, and he's simply one of them.
He's a wonderful athlete, and I don't want to talk about Hall of Fame because it's hard to forecast, but we should all sit back and admire him because he's going there. He'll be in Canton—that kind of player.
But seeing him perform at this stage of his career and with joy is significant for someone as good as Trent. Keeping your skills, fitness, and enthusiasm for the game—he has it."
The 49ers must have 48 players on game day, including a few stars who will dress but not play. They would want to rest as many starters as possible Sunday. Initially, Williams may play few snaps before observing the game from the sideline.