San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward could miss Sunday's season opener at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after breaking a finger in Wednesday's practice. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and cornerback Richard Sherman both confirmed the injury to reporters on Thursday.
"Unfortunately, he broke his finger, but I think he'll be fine," Sherman said. "I think he's mentally where he needs to be. I don't think he's down-and-out about this. He's been through harder things in his life than a few injuries." Ward broke his collarbone in the offseason but was healthy in time for preseason. His last two seasons were both ended by forearm fractures after the former first-round pick battled foot and shoulder fractures early in his career.
Ward, 28, was the 49ers' first-round pick (30th overall) in 2014. He has played in all 16 games just once through five seasons. Tarvarius Moore, a 2018 third-round pick, is expected to fill in for Ward if he can't play.
"T -Moore has been doing a great job and showed he's earned the right to go out there and play," Saleh said. --Field Level Media
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