49ers vs. Falcons: 5 painful takeaways from San Francisco’s Week 6 loss
By Peter Panacy
49ers vs Falcons takeaway No. 1: Depth isn’t always deep enough
Week 6 wasn’t the only game in which the 49ers have had to navigate the injury bug, and it’s a fairly easy argument to make that they’ve dealt with some serious setbacks all season long.
However, it’s always a dangerous tipping point when the injuries pile up to a point where maintaining any sort of offensive or defensive consistency is nearly impossible, and that was certainly visible on Sunday.
Just take this into account, both for how the Niners entered the game and what happened during it:
Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) was already out, and right tackle Mike McGlinchey left with a calf injury. Charvarius Ward exited, too, and San Francisco will be without fellow corner Emmanuel Moseley (ACL) for the rest of the year.
Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw were all absent from the defensive line, while safety Jimmie Ward (hand) only played one snap in Week 5 after starting the year on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
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If there’s good news, the 49ers can anticipate the bulk of these players to return soon, and they’ll need it.
Because, even if the Niners have solid depth, they don’t have quite the makeup to override a massive rash of injuries, one which they’re dealing with now.