San Francisco Chronicle
McCaffrey not practicing, but all set to play
Christian McCaffrey has yet to practice this week due to a calf injury that limited the San Francisco 49ers running back in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s divisional-playoff win against the Cowboys.
Uh, oh? Um, no. On Thursday, after head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters McCaffrey would miss his second straight practice, the AllPro stepped to the podium and ended any speculation about his availability for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Philadelphia.
Any chance you won’t play, Christian? “Zero,” McCaffrey said. The 49ers will likely have their top two running backs, McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell, but both could be banged up. Mitchell also missed his second straight practice Thursday with groin injury he suffered against Dallas.
Shanahan has said throughout the week that he expects both backs to be available Sunday, but he hasn’t guaranteed they’ll play.
In other injury news, wide receiver Deebo Samuel (ankle), cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Charles Omenihu (oblique) were limited for the second straight day.
Omenihu decision: Shanahan indicated owners and co-chairs John and Denise DeBartolo York and CEO Jed York played a significant role in the decision to allow Omenihu to play against the Eagles after he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence Monday.
“Everything starts with them on decisions like that,” Shanahan said.
Omenihu was arrested after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground during an argument and was served with an emergency restraining order.
Shanahan said Wednesday the team felt “very good about letting the legal process take care of itself ” while the case is being reviewed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for possible charges.
Shanahan was asked if the decision to let Omenihu play was difficult.
“You can ask (ownership) that,” Shanahan said. “But, yeah, we have to talk about all that stuff hard.”
Philly factor: All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams is very familiar with Eagles fans, known for being passionate and profane, after spending his first nine NFL seasons with NFC East rival Washington.
Williams has made 10 visits to Lincoln Financial Field, including a trip in 2021 as a member of the 49ers.
“It’s a little bit more than just the noise that comes with that place,” Williams said. “Philly is just one of those places where the fans — they make a difference. They get under your skin. They yell at you. They don’t stop. That will be an added factor.
“When you walk in there, they let you know that you’re not welcome.”