Despite their initial expectations, the San Francisco 49ers will be without free safety Jimmie Ward for a longer period of time.

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Earlier this month, the veteran free safety sustained a hamstring injury while practicing.

This injury may prevent 49ers safety Jimmie Ward from playing against the Chicago Bears in the 2022 season opener.

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Ward is likely to begin the season on short-term injured reserve — according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

"Yeah, it was a pretty bad hamstring injury. We'll see over the next couple of weeks how it plays out.”

The Head Coach said:

Ward will be unavailable for the 49ers' first four regular-season games if the transaction is made.

Due to Ward's absence, the Niners signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson on 22nd Aug.