Defensive end Shea McClellin, out the last two weeks after suffering a hamstring strain in practice after his three-sack game in Green Bay, said he expects to be ready to play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
The return is none too soon, with defensive tackle Stephen Paea down with a toe injury and end Corey Wootton likely needed inside at the three-technique spot.
McClellin said that were the Rams game being played today, he would be active. As far as the hamstring injury, “It’s an experience,” said McClellin, who has missed games with a concussion and knee injury last season. “It’s part of the game. Things happen, you just have to adjust.
“Sitting out is terrible. It's the worst thing. You just want to be out there with the guys helping out, especially if they're not doing too good. It's hard to watch what they're doing.”
Nickel cornerback Isaiah Frey was held out of practice with what was diagnosed as a fracture in his hand, although coach Marc Trestman said the team is optimistic that Frey will be available for the Rams game.
Safety Craig Steltz also was out of practice, still dealing with the effects of a helmet-to-helmet collision with Baltimore fullback Kyle Juszczyk.