SANTA CLARA For those still adjusting to the surreal sight of Richard Sherman in a 49ers uniform, Saturday marks a chance to get acquainted.
Sherman will make his preseason debut against the Colts in Indianapolis. The three-time All-Pro will run with the starting unit and could play as much as the entire first half.
Hes finally got to the point where he feel he can go and not have any setbacks, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in making the announcement after practice Thursday.
Sherman, 30, suffered a torn right Achilles last November, hastening the end of his seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He also sustained a hamstring strain Aug. 3, an injury that left him sidelined for the 49ers first two preseason games.
But Sherman said Wednesday that he was feeling great and vowed to be ready for the Colts game. Shanahan cemented that plan Thursday after the cornerback looked fine in practice.
Shanahan said he expects the 49ers starters to play the first two quarters against the Colts, give or take a few snaps.
Id like to keep Richard on the same plan, the coach said. Well monitor his reps. You never know how long two quarters can go. Hopefully, he gets enough so that he feels comfortable. Im leaning a lot on Sherm with this.
Cole Wick started against the Houston Texans last week, a signal that the third tight end spot is a close competition. Garrett Celek and George Kittle rank atop the depth chart, with Wick vying for a spot against Cole Hikutini, Ross Dwelley and Wes Saxton. Its going to go down to the wire, Shanahan said.
Offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey and receiver Dante Pettis took on starring roles at the annual rookie show. Both newcomers unveiled their best Coach Shanahan impressions. Howd they do?
Neither of them were perfect, Shanahan cracked. Both of them had some good lines in there. They could have got me worse than they did. Theyre funny guys. Theyre talented. They both like to sing. They both can act. They like being in front of a room. They both can do a lot of things. I only care that they can play football, but they have other talents, too.
Offensive lineman Garry Gilliam remains in the concussion protocol and was ruled out of Saturdays game.