San Francisco 49ers

Perrish Cox among the missing as 49ers start work week early

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: The 49ers began their work week missing several injured players.

Among those who were not on hand for the start of today’s practice were starting cornerback Perrish Cox, whose right arm was in a sling after he injured his AC joint (shoulder) Saturday against San Diego. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said there was a 50-50 chance Cox, who leads the team with five interceptions, plays in Sunday’s finale against the Cardinals.

Starters Eric Reid (concussion) and Justin Smith (back), as well as running back Carlos Hyde (ankle) and receiver Stevie Johnson (knee), also were missing.

Some players, however, were back at practice after missing Saturday’s game. That list includes linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) as well as Michael Crabtree (knee), who left Saturday’s game before returning due to injuries to other receivers. One of those receivers, Bruce Ellington (hamstring) also was on hand today.

Fangio said he thought Brooks had a better-than-average chance of playing Sunday.

The 49ers held a practice today in part because their last game was on Saturday and in part because there is not one scheduled for Thursday, which is Christmas. The team will not send out an injury report today.

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