The injuries the San Francisco 49ers suffered Sunday in Philadelphia were so numerous that coach Kyle Shanahan began his Monday news conference by running down a list of every injured player and his status.
“He’s been a good vocal presence for James because he went through a lot of those situations last year,” Tate said. “He still watches a lot of the practices. Taking the time to go over the film and giving us feedback shows he is still with us.”
Fisher was hopeful following Francois’ injury that he could be back at some point for spring football. However, Francois said that it is still too early in his rehabilitation to have any ideas about when he might be able to return. Sunday will mark two months since Francois had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.
“You walk out of the building certainly not satisfied,” he told Philly.com. “I think the defense is what ended up getting us the win. We are always mindful of how can we execute well. We didn’t do that tonight.”
The 76ers made a bold decision about their future on Tuesday when they passed on picking up center Jahlil Okafor’s fourth-year option. The third overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft has fallen out of favor and has seen action in just one game this season.
The club’s failure to pick up the option worth $6.3 million will make Okafor an unrestricted free agent after the season. Philadelphia has been trying to trade Okafor.
The 76ers announced that they picked up the third-year options of Simmons, Saric and Luwawu-Cabarrot. Philadelphia also picked up the fourth-year option of forward Justin Anderson.