Sunday’s rout of the Carolina Panthers came at a cost. The 49ers’ 37-15 road win saw four players depart with injuries. Kyle Shanahan provided updates after the game, with varying levels of severity.
While Nick Bosa was the most high-profile departure, Shanahan indicated the injury doesn’t appear to be a major one.
He said Bosa had felt groin tightness all game and was pulled because that continued.
There was brutal news to follow, though. Shanahan said that Emmanuel Moseley, who limped off the field in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, is believed to have torn his ACL.
The preliminary diagnosis “wasn’t good,” and the 49ers are waiting for MRI results on Moseley’s left knee now. Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Moseley was on crutches in the locker room.
It would be a brutal blow to a secondary that’s been playing at an exception level this season. The only encouraging part of the equation is that Jason Verrett is nearing a return after spending the last four weeks out as he continued recovering from an ACL tear.
Next week might be a bit too soon for Verrett, though. He didn’t get much time in practice this past week and Shanahan said asking him to start against Atlanta might be tough ask.
Meanwhile, Jimmie Ward lasted approximately one snap after making his season debut. He broke his hand, Shanahan said, with no timeline or expectation given on how he might play through the injury.
Lastly there’s Robbie Gould, who suffered what Shanahan described as a likely left knee contusion. A kicker will likely be added to the practice squad, but it wouldn’t seem to be a long-term injury.