SANTA CLARA — Running back Matt Breida and wide receiver Pierre Garcon are 50-50 shots Monday night when the 49ers visit the Green Bay Packers, and that classifies as encouraging news for the injury-plagued offense.
Breida (ankle) and Garcon (shoulder, knee) were limited Saturday after missing the previous two days of practice.
Dante Pettis (knee) again won’t play while fellow wide receiver Trent Taylor was listed as doubtful with a lingering back issue that likely will keep him out.
The 49ers have up until 90 minutes before kickoff to activate Breida, who sprained his left ankle as the fourth quarter closed in Sunday’s 28-18 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals. If he can’t go, they may summon a practice squad player (Jeff Wilson or Matt Dayes) for depth. Alfred Morris otherwise figures to start and see significant action.
“Just knowing Breida and how he is, he always gives himself a chance,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday. “Got enough to at least go out a little bit today. That’s something that’ll come down to right before game time.”
The receiving corps did get a dose of positive news Saturday: Marquise Goodwin is ready to return from quadriceps and hamstring injuries after practicing each day this week.
Taylor is coming off a season-high seven receptions (61 yards) on Sunday. But he’s been battling back issues since the spring when he had bone spurs removed and missed most of the offseason program.
Filling Taylor’s void as the slot receiver could be a combination of players, but James is especially suited for that task. A seventh-round draft pick this year out of Middle Tennessee State, he was inactive 3 of 4 games before starting last game and making a 7-yard catch.
The only other active receivers figure to be Kendrick Bourne, Victor Bolden and Richie James. Of their 27 combined receptions, 25 come from Bourne while Bolden and James each had their first catch in last Sunday’s 28-18 loss to Arizona.
TIght end George Kittle (knee), left tackle Joe Staley, right guard Mike Person (knee), and center Weston Richburg (knee) are all expected to start but officially are questionable, as is cornerback K’Waun Williams, who missed Saturday’s practice with an illness.
Players expected to suit up despite injuries are linebacker Reuben Foster (shoulder), right tackle Mike McGlinchey (knee), cornerback Richard Sherman (calf), safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder), cornerback Jimmie Ward (hamstring), tight end Garrett Celek (quadricep) and guard Joshua Garnett (toe).
The Packers listed eight players as questionable: cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin), wide receiver Geronimo Allison (hamstring), cornerback Bashaud Breeland (hamstring), offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee), wide receivfer Randall Cobb (hamstring), guard Justin McCray (shoulder), backup tackle Jason Spriggs (ankle) and safety Jermaine Whitehead (back)