It's not like theyre conceding their next two games at Memphis and New Orleans but you do get the sense the Warriors are looking ahead a little bit. Can you blame them? Sometime after Christmas, most likely against Phoenix on Saturday or Boston next Monday, the Warriors are going to have what looks like a full roster. Or at least as full as it's going to get this season. Yes, centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf are coming back soon. Both Biedrins (abdominal strain) and Turiaf (sprained left knee) took part in the entire Warriors' practice on Monday, and it's apparent they're going to be returning sooner rather than later. They're not expected back for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies or the following night against the Hornets, but then they'll be on the clock. "We'll have to wait and see when they get out onto the floor, but it was good seeing them get up and run, with a little contact," Monta Ellis said. "It's a plus for us. Biedrins is on the way back, same for Ronny. Like I said, we need those two big guys. We're short-handed, and that's going to turn our team around." That remains to be seen. But at least the Warriors will get a better look at what they really have. Warriors coach Don Nelson has maintained much of the season that it's been impossible to evaluate this team because of the abundance of injuries. No, the Warriors aren't going to get Kelenna Azubuike and Brandan Wright back in 2009-10, but this is as whole as they're going to get. At the very least, it sets up a January where you can better assess the Warriors. Biedrins, the team's leading rebounder in each of the past three seasons, has played just four games this season. Ditto for Turiaf: Just four games. "We know we don't have all our guys," Anthony Randolph said. "We miss Ronny and Biedrins, and they're two big parts of our team. Once we get them back, it's kind of like we're starting over again with our full team." Not only will it be possible to begin to assess the Warriors upon their return, but it also will be possible to start assessing Nelson. Said Nelson: "I've been fair game all year. Doesn't matter if were healthy or not."Monta Ellis, who suffered a left thigh contusion in the third quarter of the game against Washington on Friday, did some shooting on the side and individual work while the team practiced. Ellis, who didnt practice on Sunday, said he will play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.
Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list.
Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”
Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”
With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.
The 49ers expected outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury
The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.
Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.
But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.
Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.
“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.
“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”
Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.