Sunday, September 20th, 2020 was a bad day for famous athletes in the NFL, and the Niners got the worst of it. This comes even before Marquise Blair left with a bad knee injury early in Sunday night’s game.
NFL injuries today:— Sam Block (@theblockspot) September 20, 2020
It all starts with the defense. Richard Sherman hit the IR last week with a calf injury, and now Nick Bosa joins with a torn ACL. Sherman’s absence will be short, but Bosa is now out for the season. That’s San Francisco’s two best defenders gone.
MRI confirms that #49ers DE Nick Bosa has indeed suffered a torn left ACL.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 21, 2020
Fellow defensive lineman Solomon Thomas also injured his ACL, but the severity was not as bad as Bosa’s. Whatever that means, it still sends Thomas out for the remainder of the 2020 season as the 49ers line has become - dare I say it - as thin as the Seahawks.
Then, lead running back Raheem Mostert sustained an MCL sprain. It truly was a terrible day for knees in the NFL. Maybe preseason does matter.
Injury updates:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020
— #Colts S Malik Hooker is feared to have a torn Achilles, but he’ll have an MRI tomorrow to make a full determination, source said.
— #49ers RB Raheem Mostert is believed to have a mild MCL sprain, but he’ll also have tests tomorrow to gain a full timetable.
If that’s not all, we may actually get an additional sense of how similar Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo may or may not be in the days ahead.
49ers injury updates: Jimmy Garoppolo has a high-ankle sprain, an injury where athletes generally miss 4-6 weeks. Nick Bosa "most likely" has a torn ACL. https://t.co/Ct2t4fgrAL— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) September 20, 2020
As noted above, prognosis is generally 4-6 weeks out for a high ankle sprain. Seattle fans will remember that Russell Wilson played right through his own significant ankle injury in 2016 without missing a game.
Garoppolo did not return to the game on Sunday and will be worth watching the injury reports as they come out this week.
This has been an absolutely brutal start to the year for the defending Super Bowl runners-up. The game was reminiscent of Seattle’s Thursday Night game against the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 when Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor both ended their seasons.
The Seahawks won’t face the Niners until November 1st, and even if they have Sherman back by then it will be far from a full-strength team.
This could end up being the most painful of Super Bowl hangovers as San Francisco is the only NFC West team with a loss, and plenty of difficult games loom on their horizon.