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49ers RBs McCaffrey, Mitchell sit out practice Wednesday

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers’ top two running backs did not practice Wednesday as they dealt with various injury issues.

Running backs Christian McCaffrey (bruised calf) and Elijah Mitchell (groin) sat out Wednesday’s session.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Deebo Samuel (ankle) would sit out Wednesday’s session, but the star receiver was in uniform for the early portion of practice open to the media and was a limited participant.

Left tackle Trent Williams also did not practice Wednesday, getting his normal day off.

While Shanahan made no promises about the trio’s availability for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he expressed confidence that all will be ready to go.

“I expect them to, but there are no guarantees, especially when it’s the NFC Championship Game,” Shanahan said. “I think there’s a better chance they’ll be ready because nothing’s guaranteed after this. So hopefully. Fingers crossed.”

McCaffrey and Mitchell’s injuries were first mentioned by Shanahan on Monday. He said he didn’t expect ailments to keep either McCaffrey or Mitchell from playing against the Eagles. But as a precaution, the Niners’ top two backs sit out Wednesday.

After the 19-12 NFC Divisional Round win against the Dallas Cowboys, McCaffrey said he felt the bruised calf late in the game, but he also mostly didn’t care.

“I struggled, but I came through,” McCaffrey said. “Did a good job. But nothing bad. All good.”

Samuel was a new addition to the injury report on Wednesday. Shanahan indicated that Samuel has been dealing with the ankle problem “a little bit.”

Samuel, for his part, said he has no doubt he will be ready to go against the Eagles.

“It’s just a little sore,” Samuel said. “We’re just being careful and just trying to get ready for Sunday.”

Elsewhere on the injury report, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had another X-ray on his broken left foot this week. Shanahan said last week there was an “outside chance” Garoppolo could return to practice this week.

But that won’t happen, meaning a Garoppolo return will only happen if the Niners advance to the Super Bowl. Elsewhere on the injury report, defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (oblique) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) were limited participants.

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