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Rookie safety Jimmie Ward was taken into the locker room to be examined for a head injury late in the 49ers’ season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Jim Harbaugh provided no update on Ward’s condition. But Ward on Tuesday denied he sustained a concussion.
To my friends and family I don't have a concussion..thanks for your concern— Jimmie ward (@ward_jimmie) September 9, 2014
By Wednesday morning, Ward's update on his verified Twitter account had been deleted.
Ward was injured just before the two-minute warning of Sunday's game. His helmet popped off and he was slow getting up after colliding with Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and 49ers safety Antoine Bethea near the goal line. Ward exited the game for further evaluation. Harbaugh typically does not give injury updates after games.
Cornerback Chris Culliver, who sustained a concussion on Sunday, must pass the NFL protocol on concussion’s in order to be cleared to play in the 49ers' home opener on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
There is no set time-frame for return to under the NFL's five-step protocol, which includes rest and recovery, light aerobic exercise, introduction of strength training, football-specific activities, and simulated football contact. If a player remains symptom-free throughout the five steps, he is eligible to be cleared.
Cornerback Tramaine Brock sustained a sprain big toe against the Cowboys and his status for Sunday’s game remains in question.