The injuries started early for the 49ers in 2020, and the onslaught of players with different ailments missing various amounts of time hasn’t stopped with the club now halfway through its 16-game season.
Injuries to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittlethat could keep both players out for most, if not all, of the regular season appear to put an exclamation point on a loudly disappointing 2020 campaign for the defending NFC champions.
We saw them overcome a number of significant injuries to pull to 4-3 after a 2-3 start that included a 43-17 loss at home to the Miami Dolphins. That felt like rock bottom, and they looked to have put their early-season woes behind them with back-to-back wins over Rams and Patriots in Weeks 6 and 7. The 49ers were rolling again, and it looked like better health was on the horizon.
Then Week 8 in Seattle arrived. A 49ers offense that seemed to be turning a corner was overwhelmed by an historically terrible Seahawks defense. Tevin Coleman, recently activated off injured reserve, left the game early because he re-aggravated the knee injury that sidelined him for five weeks. Then Garoppolo left the game with a limp in the fourth quarter after getting sacked for a third time. One drive later, it was Kittle limping off after a 25-yard reception with his team trailing 30-7.