If you’re a San Francisco 49ers fan, thank whatever deity you believe in, that it’s not Sunday anymore.
On a scale of 1-10, that game ranked 400 on a disaster scale.
Before we dive right in, let’s get a brief synopsis of the key players who all went down last Sunday:
- Nick Bosa (ACL)
- Solomon Thomas (ACL)
- Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle)
- Raheem Mostert (MCL)
- Dre Greenlaw (thigh)
- Laken Tomlinson (unspecified)
- Tevin Coleman (MCL)
Wow, that’s a rough day.
As a guy who loves offense, let’s start there.
Raheem Mostert is going to be out at least a couple weeks with what is reportedly a mild MCL sprain. He was picking up right where he left off before he hit the turf Sunday. Mostert currently has 148 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 110 yards and a receiving touchdown. Their next man up is Jerick McKinnon, who has played well so far, amassing 101 yards through two games. However, this was only on six carries, as the 49ers tried to limit his workload after his two-year hiatus.
In related news, Tevin Coleman is also expected to miss multiple weeks with a knee sprain. While Coleman has been largely ineffective this year, he would have been the ideal next man up after averaging 4 yards per carry and 544 yards last year.
Our quarterback took a tumble, as well, during this one. Jimmy Garoppolo is nursing a high-ankle sprain, but good news here is that Kyle Shanahan stated that we may see QB1 in action this Sunday. Garoppolo was enjoying quite a bounce-back game this week. Before leaving at halftime, he had 131 yards with two touchdowns to Jordan Reed with an 87.5% completion percentage.
Nick Mullens, the presumptive starter if Garoppolo can’t suit up, had an up-and-down day. Mullens went 8-of-11 for a 72.73% completion percentage. He also had an interception on the day, thrown to Pierre Desir. Normally, you would want a backup quarterback to lean on the rushing attack if forced into action, but as previously stated, ours is currently in shambles.
Onto our defense — and this one hurts. Nick Bosa went down hard early in this game. The fear is that he tore his ACL, which would prematurely end his season.
(Editor’s Note: It was confirmed that Nick Bosa tore his ACL and will be out the remainder of the season.)
Fresh off a season as NFL defensive rookie of the year, Bosa’s production will surely be missed. Taking away nine sacks and a dominant run-stopping end from any team would greatly impact their defense. Kerry Hyder, Jr. or freshly-signed Ezekiel Ansah would ideally step into the role for the rest of this year. Hyder has 11 career sacks through five seasons in a mainly reserve role. On the flip side, Ansah has 50 career sacks between the Lions and Seahawks. Last year was a rather down year for Ansah, as he played in 11 games and came up with only 12 tackles and six sacks.
Fellow defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is feared to be in the same boat as Bosa. Waiting on test results for him as well, but all signs point to an ACL tear. (Editor’s Note: ACL tear confirmed.) Luckily for the team, in his particular situation, the 49ers have Javon Kinlaw in place. The rookie has been playing extremely well to start, taking on blockers and clogging holes in the running game to allow the linebackers to get to the running backs.
Dre Greenlaw and Laken Tomlinson both returned to action during the game and as of this time are not listed on the 49ers injury report. That, at least, gives us some bit of good news.
The much, much worse news is this: the 49ers players have largely blamed their injury woes on the turf at MetLife Stadium, and they return for another game there this week against the New York Giants.
Hopefully, if this is truly the case, we can escape this next game largely unharmed, but with a similar result on the scoreboard.
(Featured Image Credit: 49ers.com)