No. 1: Get Healthy
An early bye week does afford the 49ers some much-needed time to do arguably the most important thing on their Week 4 requirements list: get healthy.
San Francisco started off with notable injuries at the beginning of the year, and that list only grew in recent weeks. Running back Tevin Coleman (ankle) was lost in Week 1. Rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd has been out with a back injury, and the Niners lost left tackle Joe Staley to a broken fibula.
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Staley will be out for another five to seven weeks, most likely. But there is some good news.
According to Kyle Shanahan (h/t Ali Thanawalla of NBC Sports Bay Area), the 49ers are expecting both Coleman and Hurd back for their Week 5 prime-time Monday Night Football matchup against the Browns.
Coleman’s return will take some pressure off a solid-yet-turnover-prone running back corps, while Hurd has all the makings of a mismatch nightmare.
And while both respective positions have a crowded depth chart, these reinforcements should be able to provide some much-needed thump.
San Francisco will resume its regular-season action against the Browns on Monday, Oct. 7.