With the bye week coming up for the San Francisco 49ers, players will have plenty of time to rest up for the second half of the season. After the teams 24-3 beat down of the Cardinals, Jim Harbaugh gave his players six days off before they have to return next week for practice. The time off with the bye week is coming exactly at the midpoint of the season in week eight. The 49ers have mostly stayed healthy with no significant injuries and hopefully they can carry that through to the end of the season.
After playing two games in four days against the Giants and Seahawks, the 49ers had 11 days to prepare and rest for their Monday night win over the Cardinals. The 11 days off really helped Frank Gore heal his bruised ribs he suffered against the Seahawks. Gore is the player who will benefit the most from the bye week and being away from contact. Let’s hope he can stay healthy the rest of the way and finish his first full season since 2006.
The 49ers also had injuries to receivers Mario Manningham and Ted Ginn Jr. who have missed a combined four games this season. Manningham had the most recent injury with a hurt shoulder and missed the game against the Seahawks. Ginn missed the first three games of the season with an ankle injury, but he is starting to emerge with big gains on punt and kick returns, which gives the offense good field position.
A key component of a team getting to the playoffs and Super Bowl is staying health. The 49ers accomplished this in the first half of the season.