49ers vs. Lions: 5 overreactions from San Francisco’s Week 1 win
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: 49ers are going to have more bad injury luck again
Maybe it’s simply a curse for the 49ers.
A year after having a league-high 32 players placed on injured reserve, Week 1 against the Lions did nothing to alleviate fans’ concerns about the Niners being an injury-prone team.
Javon Kinlaw was already out, and San Francisco lost starting running back Raheem Mostert to a knee injury early. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw came out of the game, too.
Yet the biggest injury concern, without question, was losing Jason Verrett.
Verrett went down on a non-contact injury in the fourth quarter when he was attempting to redirect his body. And while he was able to walk off the field under his own power, he eventually required assistance and was visibly distraught over the latest of what’s been many injury setbacks over his lengthy career.
The 49ers depth in the secondary was a massive question mark during the offseason anyway, and losing Verrett was going to be one of the major concerns they needed to avoid in 2021.
Looks like that won’t happen now, sadly. And it paints a bleak picture about the Niners’ overall health after just one week.
Perhaps things won’t be anywhere near as bad for San Francisco this season as they were a year ago, but the opening week suggests otherwise.