By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Snakebit. Injury bug. Plain old bad luck. Whatever you want to call it, whatever your favorite term, the San Francisco 49’ers has it. Due to injuries, the promise of the 2018 season, one that looked so bright in the offseason, seems to have lost its luster.
Every team goes through it at some point. Players seem to go down week after week with season-ending injuries. Once it gets started it’s like a train that cant’ be stopped. For San Francisco, injuries hit early and quick.
Obviously, the biggest hit was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who had just gotten a 5 year, $137 million contract. Garoppolo was expected to be the second coming of Joe Montana and was proving he was worth every dime. Then in the third game of the season, he took off for a 13-yard run, sliding at the end. Unfortunately, that slide caused a torn ACL. San Francisco was then forced to go with backup QB C.J. Beathard for the rest of the season.
The running back situation isn’t any better in San Francisco. RB Jerick McKinnon has missed the entire season due to a torn ACL, and now RB Matt Breida left last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. That leaves just RBs Alfred Morris and Raheem Mostert if Breida is unable to go.
The defense hasn’t been left out of the injury plague either. Linebackers Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson are both out for the season. Coyle has a broken bone in his back and concussion issues, and Watson has a hamstring injury. Safety Marcell Harris landed on injured reserve but is designated to come back hopefully by week 9. Defensive back Adrian Colbert is also designated to return, but the thought is it won’t be until week 16.
Then there is cornerback Richard Sherman. The former member of the famed Seattle Seahawks Legion of Boom, he was thought to be the difference maker and mentor when signed in the offseason. While he has definitely become a great mentor and leader to the defense, a calf injury has inhibited him from being the difference maker he wanted to be. Sherman has been questionable in two games this season, not playing this last Sunday, and also missed another game earlier in September.
Offensive lineman Erik Magnuson, wide receiver Dante Pettis, linebacker Reuben Foster, safety Jimmie Ward…the list goes on and on. The San Franciso 49’ers 2018 has proved that even when you have depth in your roster, the injury bug can still wipe you out. At 1-6, it seems to be time to start looking to 2019, hoping that bug moves away from San Francisco.
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