From three weeks to an entire season, the 49ers aren’t leaving the desert anytime soon.
The 49ers are finishing their season in Arizona after the Santa Clara County decided to extend their original COVID-19 restrictions.
49ers Stay Away
The San Francisco 49ers decided to change their home field and the entire operating system to Arizona. The decision came after the county where they originally operated out of placed a ban on all contact sports.
The ban included high school, college, and professional-level sports.
The county recently announced that the ban would extend until Jan. 8. This has put a wrench in the team’s original plan to return back to their old stadium for the last part of the season.
According to ESPN, the team and the coaches were very aware that they would likely be in Arizona past December. The coach, Kyle Shanahan, informed his team they would do everything to get their loved ones to Arizona for Christmas.
“The day we were made to leave, we pretty much assumed that would happen … That’s why we made the decision early. We weren’t going to wait for something that we knew was inevitable, so we have been planning on getting our families down,” Shanahan said.
This will, given negative COVID-19 results, allow players to see their family after Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Remaining Season
The 49ers are fourth in the NFC West division. They have five wins and eight losses so far. They have played most of their games away.
Before the game against the Cowboys, some fans were concerned with possible injuries that could impact their chances for victory.
According to SB Nation, Running back Raheem Mostert was recently removed from the injury list after an ankle injury. Coach Shanahan has since said he is ready to go.
George Kittle will not be playing this week. Also definitely out is WR Deebo Samuel for a hamstring injury as well as C Hroniss Grasu for a knee injury.