San Francisco Chronicle

Lance ready, but Kinlaw may sit out S.F.’s opener

- By Eric Branch Eric Branch covers the 49ers for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: ebranch@sfchronicl­ Twitter: @Eric_Branch

The 49ers’ first pick in this year’s draft, quarterbac­k Trey Lance, will be available to play in their season opener Sunday at Detroit.

But their first pick in last year’s draft, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, is likely to be sidelined because of an ongoing knee issue.

Lance (finger) was not listed on the injury report after he threw with his typical velocity after returning to practice Wednesday. Lance, who suffered a small chipped bone on his right index finger Aug. 29, was “unaffected” by his injury this week, general manager John Lynch said on KNBR.

Meanwhile, Kinlaw, who had knee issues that predate the NFL, was listed as doubtful. Asked if Kinlaw could be placed on injured reserve, head coach Kyle Shanahan said “not yet” and noted Kinlaw had not been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Lynch didn’t sound as though Kinlaw was in a position to play.

“It’s kind of a deal where we’ve been able to quiet it down at times and other times it gets flared up,” Lynch said. “He was doing really well throughout the offseason. And it kind of flared up again at some point a couple weeks ago. We tried to quiet it down, but it’s not working real well right now.”

Kinlaw didn’t play in last year’s Senior Bowl or participat­e at the NFL combine because of knee tendinitis, and multiple teams flagged his knees for being at risk for arthritis. Kinlaw missed the final two games of his rookie year with a knee injury the team described as a “bone

bruise.” He had surgery in January, which the 49ers termed a routine cleanup, but he was sidelined at the start of training camp six months later with knee swelling. Kinlaw also missed more than a week during camp with a shoulder injury.

Lynch said the 49ers “feel confident that we’re going to get a lot of good football out of Javon this year.”

“He’s a huge man who has an incredible amount of power in him,” Lynch said. “… We’ve just got to get him right so we can see that talent come to fruition.”

Corner sidelined: Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee), who has yet to practice this week, is doubtful to play Sunday after he was injured in practice last week. Lynch indicated it was a minor injury and Moseley could be available when the 49ers visit the Eagles on Sept. 19.

“We’ll see for this weekend,” Lynch said. “But I think after that, it’s looking good.”

The candidates to replace Moseley in the starting lineup

include rookie fifth-round pick Deommodore Lenoir and Josh Norman, 33, a nine-year veteran who was signed Monday. The 49ers also have cornerback Dontae Johnson on the practice squad.

Hurd update: Wide receiver Jalen Hurd (knee) suffered a setback when he made his exhibition debut by playing 29 snaps in the finale against the Raiders on Aug. 29. Hurd hasn’t practiced since Sept. 1, and Shanahan indicated he’s likely to be placed on injured reserve this week. Hurd wouldn’t be able to play until Week 4 if he’s placed on IR.

Hurd, who was sidelined for more than a week last month with knee tendinitis, tore his ACL in training camp last year.

“Some (ACL surgeries) go very smooth,” Lynch said. “Others, you have these little deals where you’re going great and then you run into a rough patch and things get irritated. Unfortunat­ely, it just happened at the wrong time where he played in that Raiders game. So we took a course of action where we’re trying to quiet the thing down and ramp up again.”

Decker out: Lions left tackle Taylor Decker won’t play Sunday because of a finger injury he suffered in practice Wednesday.

Detroit is expected to replace Decker with rookie Penei Sewell, 20, the No. 7 pick who opted out of his last year at Oregon, where he played left tackle.

Sewell had been playing right tackle with the Lions. Detroit is expected to insert Matt Nelson, 25, a 2019 undrafted free agent with one career start, at right tackle.

The Lions’ tackles will face a group of edge rushers headlined by Nick Bosa, the 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year, who said Thursday he doesn’t expect to have a “pitch count” in his his first game since he tore his ACL last September.

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