By: Phillip Torres
SANTA CLARA- The San Francisco 49ers (4-3) are entering their bye week at the perfect time. After a 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos (5-1) on Sunday Night Football, San Francisco needs a short break to get healthy. The 49ers were beat up going into their week seven matchup and it showed in the defeat.
All Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was the newest 49er unable to suit up for a game this season. The seven time pro bowler was inactive due to a toe injury suffered in the 31-17 victory in St. Louis over the Rams. With Willis inactive, the lone starting linebacker from the original four was Ahmad Brooks. Chris Borland got his first NFL start in Denver and played fairly well.
The bye week will allow Willis to regroup and be ready to play when the Niners will host the Rams at Levis Stadium in week nine. It also provides ti me for the other injured 49ers can rest up and heal. Despite playing in his first game since week one, starting cornerback Tramaine Brock made his return to the field against Peyton Manning and his high powered offense.
Brock was picked on all night long and gave up a few big catches, one for a touchdown. Peyton Manning set a new record for most passing touchdowns on the night as well as he threw for four scores and ended the night with a career total of 510 touchdown passes. He passed future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who threw for 508 in his great career.
In the game, the 49ers also suffered another huge loss. Starting center Daniel Kilgore suffered a broken leg and will miss the remainder of the season. Coach Jim Harbaugh stated the rookie Marcus Martin will get practice with the first team for the next few weeks and will get his first NFL start in week nine against the Rams.
Reassurance is also on the way on the defensive side. Sources say that All Pro linebacker Aldon Smith might have his suspension reduced due to good behavior. Smith was originally suspended for nine games by the NFL, but might be able to return as soon as week nine. Although Harbaugh has not yet confirmed, the rumor is floating around all over social media.