San Francisco 49ers receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and attacking Trent Williams are placed on the reserve list / COVID-19 and will be out for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers, which continues. As scheduled, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday night.
The three players are listed as close contacts with Kendrick Bourne, who tested positive for coronavirus. The positive test of Bourne brought the 49ers closed the group facility on Wednesday.
Samuel had already been ruled out with an injury on Thursday, but the losses of Aiyuk and Williams extend an already long list of 49 starters missing due to injury or coronavirus protocols.
Bourne was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list earlier Wednesday and, following NFL coronavirus protocols, contract monitoring began. Aiyuk, Samuel and Williams were considered close contacts and placed on the reserve list / COVID-19.
San Francisco Week 9’s opponent will also have players missing due to COVID-19 as Green Bay runs back AJ Dillon tested positive earlier this week and will not play or run back Jamal Williams and linebacker Kamal Martin, which were close contacts.
The 49ers, who have been struggling with injuries all season, will play for the foreseeable future on Thursday without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and star George Kittle due to injuries, so Wednesday’s latest news is all the more embarrassing for a exhausted team.
The 49ers (4-4) will host the Packers (5-2) at 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday night football from Levi’s Stadium.