49ers likely lose George Odum to season-ending biceps injury

The Niners have developed something of a bad habit of losing safeties to season-ending injuries.

San Francisco 49ers safety George Odum (30)
San Francisco 49ers safety George Odum (30) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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While the 49ers are thrilled by beating the Seahawks, the victory came at a cost with George Odum likely done for the season.

The San Francisco 49ers have to be elated at beating the Seattle Seahawks in front of a national audience on Thanksgiving, pulling off a commanding 31-13 victory at Lumen Field to cap off the holiday's three-game slate of contests.

But it wasn't a victory without cost.

Veteran safety George Odum likely suffered a season-ending biceps tear during the game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

"We'll look into him tomorrow, but he most likely tore it," Shanahan said after the game. "It usually is season-ending, but you never know if he can have a chance to come back later. We'll have to look into that tomorrow."

Odum, one of the Niners' top special teams aces, suffered the injury on a muffed punt-return attempt by Seahawks return speacialist DeeJay Dallas. In the scrum for the loose ball, Odum suffered the injury and quickly exited the game.

San Francisco almost immediately ruled him out for the rest of the game, which is never a good thing.

49ers safety depth is taking a serious hit as of late

A week ago, during its home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco lost All-Pro starting safety Talanoa Hufanga to a season-ending ACL tear, forcing rookie Ji'Ayir Brown into the starting lineup from this point onward.

Odum, while not a starter, nevertheless could serve on defense in a pinch.

With two safeties either on or heading to injured reserve, the 49ers will likely need to make a roster transaction or two, perhaps promoting Tayler Hawkins up from the practice squad or exploring the free-agent scrap heap to find some assistance.

Meanwhile, Odum's season is likely done after 11 games in which he recorded 12 tackles.

Update: 49ers confirmed that Odum suffered a torn biceps and will undergo surgery with a two- to four-month recovery window, meaning he possibly could return late in the playoffs.

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