Safeties Jaquiski Tartt (neck) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) took part in Tuesday’s practice. They likely will be the 49ers’ starters against the Rams Thursday with Tartt playing strong safety and Ward at free safety.
Ward played 38 snaps Sunday in Seattle, his first extensive action since suffering a hamstring strain July 27.
“He held up well,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. “The feedback (from Ward) was good, feels good. Man, he looked fast, too. So it’s good to have him back. Hopefully he can stay healthy.”
During the portion of practice open to reporters, Ward looked more spry than Tartt, who suffered a neck injury Sunday. He arrived on Monday morning "hurting," according to coach Kyle Shanahan, but he obviously was feeling better Tuesday.
The team’s regular strong safety, Eric Reid, will miss multiple games with a knee injury. The only entirely healthy safeties on the roster are rookies, seventh-round pick Adrian Colbert and undrafted Lorenzo Jerome.
If the 49ers truly were dubious about Tartt's availability, they perhaps would sign free-agent Vinnie Sunseri, who spent the offseason with the team and who can play both safety spots as well as special teams. The 49ers made no transactions Tuesday.
Jerome likely will serve as the third safety against the Rams; Colbert has received his playing time on special teams, especially as a gunner on punt coverage.
On offense, tight end George Kittle (hip) practiced on a limited basis. He did not appear to be running smoothly early in the session.