Vikings starting offensive lineman sits out practice
In addition to Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and Trent Williams not practicing for the 49ers on Thursday, Minnesota was without one of their offensive starters in their practice as well.
After suffering a foot injury in last week's win over the Chicago Bears, Vikings starting left guard Ezra Cleveland was not a participant in the team's practice on Thursday.
With Minnesota's game taking place on a Monday this week, Cleveland will have some extra time to heal. But if he can't go, then the Vikings will likely turn to veteran Dalton Risner as his replacement in the starting lineup.
Risner was signed by Minnesota a few weeks ago, and he has plenty of experience as a starter in the NFL since he started a total of 62 games in four seasons with the Denver Broncos before becoming a free agent earlier this year.
If Cleveland's foot injury does end up resulting in him sitting out Monday's matchup against San Francisco, it will be the first game he's missed since Week 12 of the 2020 season when he was a rookie.