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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Designated to return

    Al-Shaair (knee) was designated to return from IR on Monday, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports. Since Al-Shaair suffered a sprained MCL during San Fransisco's Week 3 contest versus Denver, he was placed on injured reserve and has missed each of the team's last five games as a result. However, Monday's designation allows a 21-day window for the 25-year-old to rejoin the 49ers' active roster and hopefully make a return against the Chargers following San Fran's Week 10 bye. Al-Shaair is slated to serve as a rotational linebacker when deemed fully healthy alongside Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Dre Greenlaw.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Sidelined 6-to-8 weeks

    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Al-Shaair will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a sprained MCL, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Al-Shaair will likely sit out until at least Week 12 after sustaining a sprained MCL during San Francisco's loss to Denver on Sunday. The fourth-year linebacker recorded 102 tackles, two sacks, five passes defended, one interception and two fumble recoveries over 13 games last season. Al-Shaair also tallied 11 tackles while playing just 65 defensive snaps over the first three games, and his absence will leave San Francisco's linebacker corps with an important role to fill moving forward.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Has the okay for camp

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Al-Shaair (shoulder) has been cleared to participate in training camp, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Shanahan did qualify that Al-Shaair would be brought along slowly, but it's good news either way for the fourth-year linebacker out of Florida Atlantic. He saw 13 starts and registered 102 tackles in 2021, so he should be considered very likely to start next to Fred Warner in 2022.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Not ready for OTAs

    Al-Shaair (shoulder) is running on the sidelines but not participating in OTAs, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Al-Shaair had shoulder and knee surgery earlier in the offseason and has yet to recover enough to take part in OTAs. The three-year pro had a breakout season in 2021, recording 100 tackles, two sacks and five passes defended while also forcing one fumble, recovering two others and intercepting one pass. He should be recovered in time to fully participate in training camp, and be an integral part of the 49ers' linebacker unit in 2022.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Practices fully Wednesday

    Al-Shaair (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Al-Shaair was limited at Tuesday's practice but had no limitations at Wednesday's session. He sat out the final two games of the regular season but returned for the playoff win over Dallas and had five tackles (three solo) while playing 54 percent of the defensive snaps.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Active for postseason opener

    Al-Shaair (knee) is active for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Cowboys. Al-Shaair hasn't played since Week 16 and didn't practice Friday after being limited during the first two sessions of the week, so his status come as a bit of a surprise. Nonetheless, the 49ers will have one of their top tacklers (102 through 13 games) back when they face Dak Prescott and the Cowboys' high-powered offense.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: DNP on Friday

    Al-Shaair (knee) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday against the Cowboys. Al-Shaair was able to log limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but it seems he may have taken a step back by not practicing Friday. However, it's possible the team didn't want to push him ahead of Sunday's game after a three-week absence. With Marcell Harris (Achilles) also questionable, the 49ers' linebacker unit could be weakened against the Cowboys, although both did miss the 49ers' victory over the Rams in Week 18.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: On track for wild-card action

    General Manager John Lynch said Friday that Al-Shaair (knee) is expected to suit up for Sunday's playoff matchup in Dallas, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Al-Shaair missed the last three games of the regular season due to a knee injury, but he's trending in the right direction for Sunday's playoff contest. Friday's injury report will provide an official update on Al-Shaair's status.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Likely out two games

    Al-Shaair (knee) is expected to miss at least two games to close out the regular season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Al-Shaair suffered a knee sprain in Thursday's loss to the Titans. His chances to play again this season will likely depend on if the 49ers can secure a playoff spot. In his expected absence, Marcell Harris and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles are candidates to see expanded roles.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Sits out Wednesday's practice

    Al-Shaair (elbow) didn't participate at Wednesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. The 24-year-old underwent an MRI after suffering the elbow injury Sunday and is sitting out to start Week 15. According to Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, Al-Shaair did some work on the side with training staff, though he had his elbows braced.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Needs MRI

    Al-Shaair (elbow) will receive an MRI on Monday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Al-Shaair left the 49ers' game against the Bengals early with the injury. Any extended absence for one of the leaders of the 49ers' defense will be difficult to replace, but Marcell Harris would likely be called upon to step up into a larger role.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Takes over as top LB

    Al-Shaair had eight tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 34-26 win over Minnesota. Both Fred Warner (hamstring) and Dre Greenlaw (groin) left Sunday's game and neither returned, leaving Al-Shaair as the 49ers' top option at linebacker. The athletic coverage backer could see a big uptick in IDP value if both of his teammates miss any time (which seems like a realistic possibility). Al-Shaair's first chance to start at the Mike position will be against Seattle in Week 13.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Should play Sunday

    Al-Shaair (concussion) no longer carries an injury designation and should play Sunday against the Cardinals. Al-Shaair was able to practice in full all week after missing the 49ers' Week 8 win over Chicago. His return will be welcomed, as he has logged more than 90 percent of the snaps every week he's played since the season opener. Al-Shaair should slide back into his starting role as the 49ers' strong-side linebacker.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Downgraded to out

    Al-Shaair (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Chicago, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Al-Shaair is set to miss his first game of the season. As such, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles looks likely to see extra snaps Sunday.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Considered doubtful

    The 49ers have deemed Al-Shaair (concussion) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Al-Shaair still has a chance to clear concussion protocol, but that seems to be a stretch at this point. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles would likely be in line to fill in at strong-side linebacker should Al-Shaair ultimately get ruled out.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Misses practice Wednesday

    Al-Shaair (concussion) was unable to participate in the 49ers' practice Wednesday. Al-Shaair sustained a concussion in the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Colts. The linebacker is still in the concussion protocols ahead of San Francisco's Week 8 matchup with the Bears. Expect Tyrell Adams or Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles to see extended snaps Sunday if Al-Shaair is unable to suit up.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Secured backup role

    Al-Shaair recorded 18 tackles (11 solo) over 15 games during the 2019 regular season. Al-Shaair was picked up by San Francisco after a serious knee injury caused him to go undrafted out of Florida Atlantic. The 22-year-old cracked the 53-man roster out of camp, and showed enough to the coaching staff to stick around for the entire campaign. Al-Shaair is under contract for two more years, so he will compete for a backup role behind projected starters Kwon Alexander, Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Ready for Week 12

    Al-Shaair (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Al-Shaair was able to fully clear the concussion protocol this week, limiting his absence to one game. The 22-year-old has played a minor defensive role for the 49ers with seven tackles in nine games, and that doesn't seem likely to change this week.
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  • 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair: Heading to San Fran

    Al-Shaair (knee) signed with the 49ers last week as an undrafted free agent, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The torn ACL that Al-Shaair suffered last October prevented him from getting drafted, but the linebacker has some potential if his health checks out fine ahead of the upcoming season. The owner of Florida Atlantic's all-time tackle record, Al-Shaair was able to participate in agility drills at his pro day in April, suggesting that he's progressing nicely in his recovery. There's still a solid chance he could open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
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