Linebacker Eli Harold is among five 49ers defenders listed on the team’s injury report for Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Harold, who has dealt with foot and toe issues throughout his career, was added to the list on Wednesday. The 49ers designated him as questionable with a foot injury. He was listed as limited in Wednesday’s walk-through practice.
If Harold were unable to play, Dekoda Watson would fill in at strong-side linebacker and rookie Pita Taumoepenu, who has been inactive the first two weeks of the season, likely would back him up.
Also questionable were safeties Jaquiski Tartt (neck) and Jimmie Ward (hamstring), as well as tight end George Kittle, who after dealing with hamstring and calf issues the first two weeks of the season has a hip injury in Week 3.
Tartt, Ward and Kittle were limited in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. A tweet from Tartt earlier on Wednesday saying he “can’t wait to hit the field tomorrow” indicates he plans to play.
In that scenario, Ward would start the game at free safety and Tartt at strong safety. The two were safeties in the same defensive backfield at Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala. While they have started five games together with Ward at cornerback and Tartt at safety, they haven’t been paired at safety since they were in Mobile.
Safety Eric Reid (knee) and linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) were declared out for the game.
Three Rams players are questionable: running back Malcolm Brown (hamstring), tight end Gerald Everett (thigh) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder).