49ers News: Christian McCaffrey has a mild calf strain. Outside of week 18

The San Francisco 49ers received some good news on the injury front. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Christian McCaffrey will miss Week 18 due to a mild calf strain. But it doesn't look like McCaffrey has an injury that will keep him out for long, and he should be ready for the playoffs.

Cornerback Ambry Thomas will miss the regular season finale as well. Thomas, who played with the cast in Week 17, will undergo surgery on his broken hand, Shanahan said. I asked Shanahan if Thomas would play for a club after surgery, and he said it would be similar to what Ambry wore last Sunday.

So, we'll get a heavy dose of Elijah Mitchell and perhaps Darrell Luter Jr. instead of McCaffrey and Thomas next week.

Defensive tackle Arik Armstead will continue to rest his ankle and knee.

Tight end Ross Doyley is unlikely to play this week due to a sprained ankle.

Wide receiver Jauan Jennings and offensive tackle Jaylon Moore remain in concussion protocol.

Safety Ji'Ayir Brown has a “chance” to play next Sunday, but Shanahan has not been committed. The same can be said about the 49ers who specifically play against Los Angeles Rams. Shanahan hasn't even said whether Brock Purdy will start Sunday.

The coaching window for wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will open. McCloud has not played since Week 12. He has been on injured reserve since then with a rib injury.

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