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49ers Hopeful To Be Able To Play Opener Despite Smoky Skies

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2020, file pool photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches during NFL football practice in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File

FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2020, file pool photograph, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches throughout NFL soccer follow in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan stays hopeful the 49ers will have the ability to play their season opener towards Arizona as scheduled regardless of poor air high quality brought on by wildfires in Northern California.

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  • Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 5:09 AM IST

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.: San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan stays hopeful the 49ers will have the ability to play their season opener towards Arizona as scheduled regardless of poor air high quality brought on by wildfires in Northern California.

The Niners practiced Friday at their facility as scheduled with an Air Quality Index between 150 and 200. NFL guidelines name for suspending or transferring a recreation if the AQI is anticipated to stay constantly above 200 on the stadium on the day of the sport.






If it will get to 200, thats when the NFL will begin actually discussing what to do with the sport, Shanahan mentioned. I dont suppose thats my choice in any respect. I do know its not, thank goodness. Well see what occurs. Hopefully, it wont get there. Hopefully, will probably be protected, however received to see what the wind does.

This isnt the primary time in recent times that the Niners have needed to hold a detailed eye on the air high quality. The 49ers and Raiders performed residence video games in smoky air in 2018 that didnt attain the 200 AQI threshold. Conditions received worse the next week, resulting in the postponement of the Big Game between Stanford and California however the Niners have been off that weekend and the Raiders have been on the highway.

The NFL has moved a recreation due to fires earlier than, relocating a 2003 Monday evening recreation between the Chargers and Miami from San Diego to Arizona.

I by no means knew what a AQI index was. I by no means actually received into that earlier than, fullback Kyle Juszczyk mentioned. Thats been one thing very attention-grabbing that weve needed to cope with out right here. But the factor about it’s, you actually cant get too involved about it as a result of theres actually nothing you are able to do for it. Theres nothing that we will do to assist decrease that quantity or to alter it.”

The fires have been a problem for a lot of the summer season for the 49ers, who’ve continuously needed to follow in smoky circumstances. There was an orange glow within the sky Wednesday and the air high quality has gotten worse the previous two days however the crew hasnt missed any follow.

Its all over the place proper now, linebacker Kwon Alexander mentioned. Its orange out right here. Its bizarre. Everything has been bizarre in 2020.

The unhealthy air circumstances did hold one 49ers participant off form with working again Tevin Coleman sitting out. Coleman has sickle cell trait, making him notably delicate to air air pollution. He has missed practices this summer season when the AQI has topped 150 however that wont essentially be a tough line Sunday.

Itll be a private choice when he will get there, Shanahan mentioned. Its not simply an computerized no. Similar to whenever you play in excessive altitude and stuff like that, its not an computerized no. Thats stuff youve received to debate with the physician and be comfy with, coping with oxygen tanks and issues there may help, however speaking to Tevin, Ive been via some conditions with him earlier than, coping with issues like taking part in in Denver and stuff. Tevin will do whats proper for him, whats protected.

Coleman had the same choice to make in 2016 when he performed within the excessive altitude at Denver. He opted to play and gained 163 yards from scrimmage and scored a landing.

The 49ers can be with out beginning receiver Deebo Samuel (foot) and cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) for the opener.

Samuel has been out since breaking his foot throughout an off-the-cuff exercise with teammates in Tennessee in June. He missed all of coaching camp on the non-football damage record earlier than being activated Saturday. Shanahan mentioned hes hopeful Samuel will have the ability to return subsequent week.

Receiver Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) and heart Ben Garland (ankle) have been restricted in follow and are questionable for this week.

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