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Breaking down 49ers and Vikings injury reports for Divisional Round

The Vikings and 49ers completed their Divisional Round week practices. We break down the injury reports and what they mean for Saturday’s matchup.

San Francisco 49ers free safety D.J. Reed, middle linebacker Fred Warner, defensive end Dee Ford, middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt celebrate on the field during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings in a Divisional Round contest on Saturday, and they have wrapped up their final practices for the week. With the close of practice comes the final injury reports. The teams square off Saturday at 4:35 p.m. ET to open the second round of the 2020 NFL playoffs.

Minnesota Vikings injury report

Alexander suffered a knee injury in Week 17 and was unable to play in the Vikings Wild Card upset of the Saints. He has since had surgery on what has been described as a small meniscus tear. He could return if the Vikings continue advancing, but the nickel back won’t be playing on Sunday.

Thielen suffered a significant cut on his ankle at the team’s Wednesday practice and had to get stitches. He did not practice on Thursday, but it sounds like he has a good chance of playing on Saturday. Related to this, Stefon Diggs sat out the first two days of practice with an illness but was a full participant on Thursday. He’s in good shape for Saturday.

Final report

Out: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee)
Doubtful: S Jayron Kearse (toe, knee)
Questionable: WR Adam Thielen (ankle)

Tuesday practice participation report

DNP: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (illness), DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Jayron Kearse (toe, knee)
Full: TE Tyler Conklin (knee), RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), G Josh Kline (elbow), DE Ifeadi Odenigbo (hamstring), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle, shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (foot)

Wednesday practice participation report

DNP: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (illness), S Jayron Kearse (toe, knee)
Limited: DT Linval Joseph (knee), WR Adam Thielen (ankle)
Full: TE Tyler Conklin (knee), RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), G Josh Kline (elbow), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle, shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (foot)

Thursday practice participation report

DNP: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), S Jayron Kearse (toe, knee), WR Adam Thielen (ankle)
Full: TE Tyler Conklin (knee), RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), WR Stefon Diggs (illness), DT Linval Joseph (knee), G Josh Kline (elbow), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle, shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (knee), DE Stephen Weatherly (foot)

San Francisco 49ers injury report

There are a few big pieces of news, although one is not on the injury report. Dee Ford was limited all week, but is expected to play on Sunday. Mike Person was limited twice and then full on Thursday, which bodes well for the 49ers offensive line.

Where it gets interesting is LB Kwon Alexander’s return. He will return from injured reserve this weekend and be available after tearing his pectoral muscle earlier this year. Having him and Ford back is a huge boost for the 49ers defense.

Final report

Questionable: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DE Kentavius Street (knee)

Tuesday practice participation report

Limited: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), G Mike Person (neck), DE Kentavius Street (knee)

Wednesday practice participation report

Limited: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), G Mike Person (neck), DE Kentavius Street (knee)

Thursday practice participation report

DNP: LB Elijah Lee (illness)
Limited: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DE Kentavius Street (knee)
Full: G Mike Person (neck)