The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the 2023-24 playoffs. A few weeks ago, 49ers fans likely didn’t expect the Packers to be their opponent after they clinched the first round bye. However, four straight wins have propelled the Packers into one of the eight remaining teams in the league.
The 49ers are heavy favorites against the Packers (9.5 points according to ESPN). However, they will be without one key starter on Saturday Night.
The San Francisco 49ers Will Be Without One Key Defensive Starter Against The Green Bay Packers
Matt Schneidman of The Athletic annotated the injury report for both teams ahead of Saturday’s matchup. Starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell did not practice.
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Cohn also noted that Ferrell will miss “at least one playoffs game” in a recent report:
The 49ers won’t have starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell for at least one playoff game, maybe more.
On Thursday, Nick Bosa explained how the 49ers intend to replace Ferrell while he’s out.
Q: Chase Young could get a bigger role in these first couple of playoff games. Have you seen a change in him as he has gotten more accustomed to the defense since he has gotten here?
BOSA: “Yeah, he’s going to play more. All the ends are going to have to step it up for Clelin, whether he misses one game or whatever it is. We just have to hone in on the technique of things. Sometimes at the end of the year you lose it a little bit, but now there’s no excuse.
You have to get fresh and really play the scheme the way it’s supposed to be played. We’re really focusing on that as a D-line group and a D-end group. So yeah, I’m excited for him to have this opportunity.”
Ferrell Was A Key Player For The 49ers
A key piece of the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive line was lost in the final game of the regular season.
The veteran pass rusher was carted off the field during the first quarter of the game after suffering an apparent leg injury. Due to a knee injury, Ferrell was unable to continue the game against the Rams.
During the 49ers’ run to the NFC No. 1 seed, Ferrell started every game of the season. On the season, Ferrell recorded 28 tackles, six tackles loss, and 3.5 sacks.
It will be interesting to see how the 49ers manage his loss against a Packers’ offensive line that has been playing extremely well as of late.
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