San Francisco 49ers @ Washington preview: 49ers must seize opportunities

October 11, 2017

NFL, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid (35) takes on Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (3) during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, September 17, 2017, in Seattle, WA. The Seahawks won the game 12-9. (Terrell Lloyd via AP Images)

By Jeremy Harness

 SANTA CLARA–At the beginning of the year, the 49ers were not expected to be a very good team this season, and thus far, the year has gone according to plan.

 After yet another heartbreaking loss, the 49ers now have to head across the country to face the 2-2 Washington Redskins, in the same place that the team across the bay, the Oakland Raiders, suffered their first loss of the season and started their downward spiral at this point.

 If there is a positive to take from their 0-5 record at press time, it that the 49ers have been competitive in all but the first game of the season and had a very realistic chance to win each of the last four games.

 They particularly had a chance to win – and probably should have won – each of the past two games. Against both the Cardinals and Colts, which were both on the road, the 49ers had the ball in overtime with a chance to win the game but blew both opportunities and watched as the other team seized the moment that should have belonged to the 49ers.

 The 49ers will once again have to do without a pair of defensive starters. Safety Eric Reid is expected to be out this Sunday with the knee injury he suffered in Seattle in Week 2, while linebacker Reuben Foster, still recovering from the high ankle sprain that he suffered in the first week of the season against Carolina, is also expected to sit Sunday’s game out.

 Foster, however, is showing some serious signs of a near-future return to the lineup, as he practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday. According to reports, how Foster performs in practice this week will determine if he will take the field Sunday.

 Like Foster, Reid, who was near the center of the kneeling-during-the-anthem controversy a year ago, also took the field in practice on Wednesday, although it was on a limited basis.

 Also listed on the injury report for the 49ers were safety Jimmie Ward (shoulder), who was limited in practice. Emerging tight end George Kittle, who suffered a chest injury last week at Indianapolis, was also limited in practice, as was fullback Kyle Jusczyk with an ailing back, as well as linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), who had a huge interception against the Colts in overtime and almost had a touchdown had running back Frank Gore not tracked him down near midfield.

 Meanwhile, for the Redskins, cornerback Josh Norman, whose rib injury is expected to keep him out for several weeks, was one of the notable players who did not practice on Wednesday, as was offensive tackle Trent Williams.

 Safety D.J Swearinger was at practice Wednesday, but he was limited.



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