Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who missed Sunday’s game due to a staph infection, left the 49ers’ facility Monday morning with his left arm in a sling. Now I’m no Doctor but a staff infection isn’t something that usually requires a sling. If Sopoaga is out for an extended period it would be a big hit to a 49er front 7 that has played great through 5 games this season.
The 49ers have not commented on Sopoaga’s status nor any precautions the organization have taken as a result of Sopoaga’s condition.
Sopoaga has played great thus far this season moving over to NT after the 49ers let free agent Abrayo Franklin walk. Not only has Sopoaga played well at NT but Defensive End Ray McDonald who was resigned to a $20M deal to start at DE esentially replacing Franklin in the lineup has played terrific to open the season making the decision to shift around the DL to better suit Coordinator Vic Fangio look brilliant.
Third-year player Ricky Jean Francois started at nose tackle and played every snap in the 49ers’ base defense and played well Sunday. Middle Line Backer Patrick Willis had a great game with 12 tackles a sign RJF was holding his blocks at the line of scrimmage allowing Willis and fellow ILB Navarro Bowman to make plays. On offensive the 49ers turned to Ofensive Lineman Adam Snyder to fill Sopoaga’s role as the extra big Full Back on short yardage situations.
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