In a rare bit of bad news today for the 49ers, safety Talanoa Hufanga has been ruled out for the rest of the game against the Buccaneers due to a knee injury.
At the end of the third quarter, the San Francisco 49ers have enjoyed a strong game where they lead 27-7 and showed that their performance last week was more than a flash in the pan and more a declaration that they're back to playing at their full potential.
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Perhaps lost in the dominance, however, is an injury to All-Pro safety Talanoa Hufanga, who will miss the rest of the game against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a knee injury.
Hufanga was trying to defend a dumpoff pass when his knee gave way, he was carted off and eventually done for the day.
Non-contact injuries are always the worst kind of injuries for players to get, but the hope is that it won't be something too serious that will rule him out for and extensive period of time.
Of course, this is just speculation, as we won't have an idea of his prognosis until scans later on.
The 49ers defense has been relatively unscathed this season, so Hufanga out for an extended period of time would be a previously unknown challenge for the team in 2023.
For now, however, the priority will be to get the job done and get to 7-3 as San Francisco also has a big NFC West showdown against the Seattle Seahawks coming up.
The best case scenario will hopefully be a healthy Hufanga returning soon.