The San Francisco 49ers are 0-1 and are already considerably banged up to start the season. One of the surprise names placed on injured reserve is former Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman, who played all but a handful of snaps in last Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The #49ers are placing CB Richard Sherman on IR today, sources say. He’ll be sidelined at least three weeks. Exact injury unclear but am told it’s a leg issue.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 16, 2020
Sherman was an iron man for the Seahawks up until the Achilles rupture in the cursed 2017 season ended his time in Seattle and led to his move to San Francisco. In 2018 he missed a couple of games due to a calf strain and in 2019 he missed one game with a hamstring pull. This leg injury is sort of unexpected as there wasn’t really any indication that he was hurt during the game. 2016 will remain his most recent season in which he played in every game.
Now the bigger picture beyond Sherman for the 49ers is they have several notable players already on the shelf or in danger of missing time. They are particularly depleted at wide receiver, hence they signed Mohamed Sanu.
Early 49ers injury woes:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 16, 2020
* CB Richard Sherman: leg, IR (short-term)
* TE George Kittle: knee (iffy for Week 2)
* WR Deebo Samuel: foot, IR (short-term)
* WR Brandon Aiyuk: hammy (missed Week 1)
* WR Jalen Hurd: knee, IR
* C Weston Richburg and DEs Ronald Blair/Jullian Taylor: PUP
If there’s good news for San Francisco it’s the fact that they play the New York Jets and Giants consecutive weeks before embarking on a three-game homestand that includes a visit from the Miami Dolphins. In other words, if they’re going to lose key players they might as well not have them for the soft part of the schedule.
...But if they start dropping games to the soft part of their schedule then watch out.