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  • Steelers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Questionable to return Saturday

    Witherspoon suffered a shoulder injury while tackling running back Kenneth Walker during Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Witherspoon was still able to leave the field under his own power before walking into the medical tent on Pittsburgh's sideline, Alan Saunders of PittsburghSportsNow.com reports. With the cornerback's availability for the remainder of this exhibition up in the air, backups James Pierre, Arthur Maulet and Chris Steele figure to see increased snaps in Pittsburgh's defensive secondary.
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  • Steelers' Ahkello Witherspoon: To rejoin Steelers

    Witherspoon is in line to re-sign with the Steelers on a two-year contract Thursday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. Witherspoon was traded from Seattle to Pittsburgh in the early stages of the 2021 season, and down the stretch injuries forced him to handle an expanded role on defense. The Steelers appear satisfied with the capabilities Witherspoon demonstrated, and he now looks set to rejoin a familiar scheme for what will likely be a rotational role.
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  • Steelers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Shipped to Pittsburgh

    Witherspoon was acquired by the Steelers from the Seahawks on Friday in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick. Witherspoon signed with Seattle in March but was unable to win a starting job at cornerback in camp, leading the team to trade him. The 26-year-old should compete with Justin Layne for nickel reps in Pittsburgh.
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  • Seahawks' Ahkello Witherspoon: Slated for No. 1 role

    Witherspoon (knee) is expected to be the Seahawks' No. 1 cornerback this season, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports. Witherspoon never quite got his footing in San Francisco due to a crowded secondary and injuries. He's healthy at training camp and is ready to compete for the top job. The Seahawks desperately need him to step into the No. 1 role after Shaquill Griffin left for Jacksonville. So far in camp, the 26-year-old has been sticky in coverage, using his athleticism -- he's 6-foot-3 with 33-inch arms and a 40-inch vertical -- to shut down the team's top receivers. D.J. Reed is expected to secure the other top cornerback role.
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  • Seahawks' Ahkello Witherspoon: Rehabbing knee injury

    Witherspoon (knee) is present at OTAs, but rehabbing an injury, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports. Witherspoon, who the Seahawks brought in during free agency, is expected to handle a starting role at cornerback, so his health will need to be monitored during OTAs. Of course, there's not yet any reason to believe his injury is more than minor. He did miss five games with the 49ers last season, but that was due to a hamstring issue.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Officially listed as questionable

    Witherspoon (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Witherspoon has missed two straight games due to a lingering hamstring injury, but it looks like he has a fair shot to retake the field versus Miami. Emmanuel Moseley (concussion), Richard Sherman (calf), K'Waun Williams (knee) and Dontae Johnson (groin) are all ruled out for Week 5, so getting Witherspoon back would provide a much-needed boost for San Francisco's secondary.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Injures calf

    Witherspoon (calf) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. With the 49ers holding a commanding fourth-quarter lead, Witherspoon's likely done for the day even if the injury isn't serious. Expect another update on the defensive back's status prior to San Francisco's Week 13 clash against the Ravens.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Questionable for Monday

    Witherspoon (foot/quadriceps) is officially questionable for Monday's matchup against the Seahawks after practicing on a limited basis Saturday. Witherspoon was unable to play last week due to the foot injury, and he failed to practice Thursday before participating on a limited basis the last two days. A quadriceps injury is now in the mix as well, but it remains to be seen whether the cornerback's able to tough it out against Seattle.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Won't play Week 9

    Witherspoon (foot) was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cardinals. Witherspoon will remain sidelined for the fourth straight game after suffering a setback last week. K'Waun Williams should continue to work at nickel cornerback for the 49ers in his absence.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Ruled out for Sunday

    Witherspoon (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Witherspoon will watch his third straight game from the sidelines after suffering a setback Monday. K'Wuan Williams has filled into Witherspoon's role, and he'll continue to do so as the 49ers look to shut down Kyle Allen and the Panthers.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Will miss at least one month

    Witherspoon will be sidelined at least one month with a foot injury, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Witherspoon originally sustained the injury in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh and had to be carted off the field. The 24-year-old was optimistic that he could play against Cleveland after San Francisco's Week 4 bye, but it seems he'll have to rest for a few additional weeks.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Scores in win

    Witherspoon logged two tackles, three pass breakups and an interception returned 25 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 win over Tampa Bay. Witherspoon was on the field for all 70 defensive snaps Sunday. In the fourth quarter, the 24-year-old took advantage of a questionable decision by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, intercepting a pass that seemingly didn't have an intended target and taking it back 25 yards for the score. Witherspoon had a quiet stat line apart from the pick-six, but he and the Niners secondary held receiver Mike Evans to just two catches for 28 yards on five targets.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Back in action

    Witherspoon (knee) participated in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat reports. Witherspoon ended the 2018 season on injured reserve with a PCL sprain in his right knee. That's not nearly as severe an injury as something like a torn ACL, so it's possible the Colorado product has long been cleared for practice. In any case, Whitherspoon is in a good place in advance of training camp and appears slated for a starting role this upcoming season. However, it's possible a healthy Jason Verrett (Achilles) could push him for snaps down the line.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Expected to play Week 7

    Witherspoon (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Witherspoon is one of several banged-up cornerbacks for the 49ers, with Richard Sherman (calf) viewed as a game-time call while Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is doubtful to play. Witherspoon and K'Waun Williams (shoulder) are trending toward playing and could both handle big snap counts if Ward and Sherman are both sidelined.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Listed as questionable for Week 7

    Witherspoon (concussion) carries the questionable tag ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Witherspoon didn't practice Wednesday but practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. The Colorado product hasn't cleared concussion protocol just yet, but seems on pace to play Sunday. If he does miss Sunday's game, however, Greg Mabin or Jimmie Ward could get more work.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Limited in practice Thursday

    Witherspoon (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Witherspoon remains in the concussion protocol, but Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the starting cornerback has progressed sufficiently through it so as to participate in non-contact practices. Barring any setbacks, it appears that Witherspoon is on pace to suit up for Sunday's game against the Rams.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Enters concussion protocol

    Witherspoon was placed in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Witherspoon will need to pass through all five steps of the league-mandated protocol over the next few days to have a shot at suiting up Sunday against the Rams. If the second-year pro is sidelined for any length of time, Greg Mabin, Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and K'Waun Williams (shoulder) could all be in store for more reps in the secondary.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Limited in practice

    Witherspoon (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Witherspoon was nursing a minor ankle injury last week, but he was able to start and log 64 defensive snaps against the Lions. The 23-year-old's limited status is likely a precautionary measure, and he should be expected to start Sunday against the Chiefs.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Cleared to play Sunday

    Witherspoon (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Titans. A limited practice participant throughout the week while battling an MCL sprain, Witherspoon was cleared to play after making it throughout pregame warmups without issue. Though he should see ample snaps Sunday, Witherspoon isn't really on the IDP radar after producing just one interception in nine games and no more than four tackles in any of those contests.
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  • 49ers' Ahkello Witherspoon: Suffers MCL sprain

    Witherspoon suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's 26-16 victory over the Texans, but he may avoid any time off, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Witherspoon's MRI was "encouraging," according to coach Kyle Shanahan, who also avoided ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Titans. K'Waun Williams would presumably fill in at cornerback should Witherspoon ultimately have to sit out.
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