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Ward receives scare in warmups, but comes out with good news

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Ward receives scare in warmups, but comes out with good news

MINNEAPOLIS – Starting free safety Jimmie Ward initially thought he further injured his hamstring that kept him out of action for the first month of training camp.

But the discomfort he felt while going through warmups on Sunday night was actually part of the recovery process, according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

“I heard it was good news,” Shanahan said, following the 49ers’ 32-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the third exhibition game for both teams. “He pulled some scar tissues. in that case, it’s a good thing and not a bad thing.

“You have to break that scar tissue up. Sometimes it can be a little scary and not feel like it’s a good thing. It feels like you’re re-pulling it. He was worried about that, but after getting in here, he was very happy and excited about what happened out there.”

Ward was not scheduled to play in Sunday’s game, anyway. Ward is also not expected to play in the 49ers’ exhibition finale on Sunday night to help ensure he will be in the starting lineup when the 49ers open the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Carolina Panthers.

Shanahan also believes left tackle Joe Staley did not sustain any significant knee injury. He was removed from the lineup in the first quarter as a precaution. He spent the remainder of the game on the 49ers’ sideline without any wrap on his knee.

“I think Joe’s going to be all right,” Shanahan said. “We’ll look at him more tomorrow. He definitely wanted to come back in. I feel pretty optimistic.”

49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

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49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Carlos Hyde sustained a hip injury in the first quarter of the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

Hyde left the game, and the club listed him as questionable to return to action.

Hyde carried the ball three consecutive times for a combined 25 yards before leaving with an apparent injury to his left side. He sat out seven plays while the 49ers medical staff evaluated him.

Hyde returned in time to pick up 4 yards on a third-and-1 play from the Los Angeles 19. He immediately left the game again and was examined further by the team’s medical staff.

The absence didn't last too long as Hyde returned to action in the second quarter.

Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

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Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

As the 49ers take on the Rams on Thursday Night Football, the team will be without five defenders and two from offense. 

Ahkello Witherspoon, who the team drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will have to wait to make his debut another week. 

Below is the full list of inactives from Insider Matt Maiocco.