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The San Francisco 49ers are Limping into Denver

October 16th, 2014 at 4:56 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

While the San Francisco 49ers have quieted the early season critics (for now) since going on a three-game winning streak, the Niners appear to be physically hurting as they prepare for their premiere match-up with the defending AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers have been dealing with injuries all year, even before the season started. Ailments suffered by All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman and starting nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, along with the suspension of All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith, have been widely documented. With that being said, the Niners have persevered and have remained one of the top defenses in the league despite lacking a consistent pass rush.

But as the Niners head to the Mile High State, the harsh reality of their losses may soon become apparent. In addition to their three preseason losses on defense, the heart and soul of the "D" could easily be ruled out for the Sunday Night game.

Another All-Pro inside linebacker, Patrick Willis, could miss Week 7 with a toe injury. The ailment first struck Willis during last week's game against the St. Louis Rams. Willis injured the toe midway through the game and did not play in the second half. He was in street clothes by the end of the Monday Night game.

In his place was rookie Chris Borland. Borland has appeared in all six games for the Niners, accumulating seven total tackles and two pass deflections. Drafted out of Wisconsin in the third round, the 23-year old competed with Michael Wilhoite for the starting gig along side Willis that was created because of Bowman's absence.

In addition to probably losing Willis for the week, the Niners could also be without rookie nickel corner Jimmie Ward (Quad) and starting left guard Mike Iupati (concussion). All three players have yet to practice this week.

According to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Ward is the player that brings concern to the club.

“Well, Ward’s (injury) is the most serious of all those guys.”

Although Willis is the biggest name addressed here, head coach Jim Harbaugh said earlier in the week that the toe injury was "nothing long-term."

Fangio simply categorized all the other players (not named Jimmie Ward) who are dealing with injuries, into one collective statement,

“They’re dinged…but everybody’s dinged to some point at this stage.”

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