The San Francisco 49ers won an injury-riddled game against the New York Jets on Sunday.
The San Francisco 49ers emerged from their Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets with a commanding 31-13 victory. But at what cost?
Sure, the 49ers may have come away as the victors, but it’s likely the team feels like anything but following an unpreceded number of injuries to key players in Sunday’s contest.
Blame it on the MetLife Stadium turf, blame it on poor conditioning. Whatever the case, the 49ers are certainly worse for wear coming out of their Week 2 matchup.
Nick Bosa was carted off the field in the first half with what is very likely a torn ACL — a devastating blow to one of the game’s premier pass-rushers. Solomon Thomas soon joined him on the cart with a knee injury of his own.
Neither Jimmy Garoppolo nor Raheem Mostert would play in the second half with both dealing with leg injuries — Garoppolo’s coming as a result of an apparent low hit from Jets’ defense lineman Quinnen Williams, although no call was made.
None of the 49ers’ injury updates were very promising.
Following the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters which a few brief injury updates, though he did state that more would be revealed after tests were conducted.
However, Shanahan told reporters that Bosa likely had a torn ACL and that Garoppolo had suffered a high-ankle sprain meaning that he will likely miss multiple weeks of action.
Shanahan already said that Nick Mullens, who played the entire second half, will start next week against the New York Giants. Week 3 will also take place at MetLife Stadium which raises concerns given the incredible number of injuries in Sunday’s game.
Shanahan was quick to call out the possible safety concerns of playing on the turf with players from both squads seemingly dropping like flies all afternoon long.
Prior to his injury, Raheem Mostert totaled 92 yards on just eight carries, but 80 of those yards came on the very first play from scrimmage when he took a zone toss to the house.
Tight end Jordan Reed looked like the old Pro Bowl version of himself hauling in seven catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns while starting in place of Kittle.
But while the 49ers shined against the hapless Jets, that won’t be the talk of the week. San Francisco will now head to West Virginia in preparation of their game against the Giants in Week 3.
But they’ll do so without seemingly half their starting roster. No starting quarterback, no superstar pass-rusher, perhaps no star tight end, and many, many more.
The 49ers are beaten and battered. But at least they scored their first victory of the season.