49ers add lots of injuries to insult during Week 15 loss to Cowboys
Injuries pile up for 49ers, adding to a Dallas Loss Insult that originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers lost more than that game in their 41-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
In a season already ravaged by injuries, the 49ers may have lost a few more players who went into the final two games of the 2020 season. Jimmie Ward suffered a concussion and Raheem Mostert appeared to be exacerbating his ankle injury.
After the defeat, both Fred Warner (Stinger) and Jeff Wilson (Knuckle) announced that they were no worse off.
Nick Mullens temporarily loses feeling in his arm towards the end of the game. He explained that his hand was hit and his elbow was "pinched" in a collision with a Cowboys defender. The quarterback would not comment on his status for week 16, indicating that more assessments and testing will be conducted on Monday.
In addition to the possible loss of Mostert in the last two competitions, the offensive could fail without Richie James Jr., who left the game with an ankle injury. On the other side of the ball, defender Dion Jordan and security guard Tarvarius Moore left the game prematurely with a knee injury.
The 49ers already had dozens of players who spent time with injured reserves. Of the few who have returned to the field, many have injured themselves again after playing. The injuries may be due in part to players' excessive enthusiasm for the return, but ultimately a shortened off-season prevented the players from being in "football shape" from the start.
While the season was very disappointing for the 49ers, Warner believes the players in the locker room are exemplary and don't feel like throwing in the towel.
"It means a lot," said Warner. “It just shows the character of the guys we have on this team. It is so easy to find the easy way out in a year like this when we lose games and there is a greater chance of injury if you play injured but the guys want to help the team win games.
"That's my attitude every week and I'm proud of the guys who are struggling through these injuries and trying to help us win games."
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The team opened the training window for George Kittle this week, but they want to be careful with their all-pro end. Kyle Shanahan firmly believes that Kittle will only return to the field if there is no risk of aggravation or long-term injury.
The 49ers currently have 14 players in their injured reserve:
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle)
TE George Kittle (foot)
EN Nick Bosa (knee)
DE Dee Ford (back)
DL Solomon Thomas (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (toe)
OL Tom Compton (Head)
OL Ben Garland (ankle)
DL Ezekiel Ansah (biceps) CB Jamar Taylor (knee)
CB Ken Webster (thigh)
RB JaMychal Hasty (collarbone)
WR Jalen hurts (knee)
WR Chris Thompson (not disclosed)
Seven other players have spent time in the injured reserve
RB Raheem Mostert (ankle)
WR Deebo Samuel (thigh)
RB Jeff Wilson (calf)
RB Tevin Coleman (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
CB K’Waun Williams (hip / knee)
TE Jordan Reed (ankle / knee)
Physically inefficient (PUP)
DL Ronald Blair (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee / shoulder)
Injured reserve of the training team
WR Jauan Jennings (thigh)
S Jared Mayden (Quad)
WR Shawn Poindexter (not disclosed)
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