. . . Cornerback. Here we are, week 2, and we are down 3 starters, and 3 more are questionable. Plus a back up.
– CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee)
– DT Javon Kinlaw (knee)
– DT Arik Armstead (adductor)
– S/LB Marcell Harris (oblique)
By the time we face Seattle on October 3rd, we should be decimated even more.
Perusing the injured list, there are 438 players listed as out, doubtful, or questionable. I don’t know if this is high for ONE WEEK, but is sure seems very high. I’m sure some of this has to do with COVID, but some of this also has to do with curtailing the amount of live practice these guys go through, no more two-a-days, and less hitting and on-field time in every phase of the preseason.
One would think this would lead to less injuries, but it doesn’t look that way. Throw in the fact that the NFL in its infinite (greed) wisdom, added a regular season game to the mix, and here you have it. A league and a season strictly determined by how many players can survive. Good luck if you play on fake grass. This ratchets up the risk just a tad bit more.
The 49ers, among a lot of teams last year (hi, Dallas), had their 2020 season waylaid by injuries. One week in, and there are SEVEN teams with over 20 guys on their injured list, and we aren’t even on it. They are the Ravens, the Browns, the Cowboys, the Raiders, the Patriots, the Saints, and the Titans.
The Niners have ‘only’ 17. The new NFL is looking like simply a battle of attrition.