SF 49ers Disappointment No. 2: All Those Injuries
Nick Bosa suffered a muscle strain in his legs during the second week of training camp, and a subsequent MRI revealed a minor strain. Likewise, rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who was impressing in camp, suffered a hamstring strain.
Both are expected to be out for the rest of training camp. And while Bosa essentially has nothing left to prove before the regular season, a player like Aiyuk needed all the reps he could get in order to adequately prepare for a prime role once Week 1 rolls around.
“Yeah, you get frustrated a little bit when it happens,” Kyle Shanahan told reporters regarding Aiyuk’s injury.
And Shanahan wasn’t just focusing his disappointment in Aiyuk’s injury either.
Fellow EDGE Dee Ford has been banged up again in camp, although he’s listed as day-to-day. After missing all but 11 regular-season games last year and seeing just over 22 percent of defensive snaps, though, Ford’s health remains a big question mark.
Center Weston Richburg is expected to start the year on the physically unable-to-perform list, keeping him off the roster for the first six weeks of the regular season. His backup, Ben Garland, has also been banged up, putting additional stress on a weakened offensive line interior.
The multitude of injuries has forced the SF 49ers to bring aboard a number of camp bodies over the past few weeks, possible finding a hidden gem, but the reality is the team’s depth is getting tested much earlier than Shanahan or anyone else would have ideally preferred.