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By Jeremy Harness
Four weeks ago, 49ers fans had reason to hope for big things to happen this year. Now they have this to process:
The 49ers have been reduced to a very good practice squad team, thanks in much part to injuries, and then this development: The 49ers just lost to a winless team.
That’s right, they gave the Arizona Cardinals their first win of the season last Sunday, and things do not figure to get any better for the 49ers this season, making 1-15 a very distinct possibility. They are not favored in any of the remaining 11 games, and to say that they face a daunting task at Green Bay this Monday night would be an understatement.
Here’s reason No. 1: If you put on a 49ers uniform, apparently you’re much more susceptible to getting seriously injured than any other team in the NFL. The proof is in the ever-growing injury report each week, not to mention losing their starting quarterback in the second week and your starting running back before the season even began.
In the latest episode of “ER” — masterfully disguised as a football game — Matt Breida had to leave Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and did not return. Thankfully, it did not turn out to be a high ankle sprain – which takes several weeks to recover from – but it is serious enough that he will likely not play Monday night.
Meanwhile, receiver Dante Pettis will miss Monday night’s game as well due to the knee injury he suffered against the Chargers a week and a half ago. Another blow has been dealt to the already-hurting offense, as receiver Marquise Goodwin has a hamstring issue that threatens to keep him out against the Packers.
All of this means that the C.J. Beathard really has no big-play receivers or backs to go to, not a good sign for a backup quarterback that needs all the help he can get right about now, especially going into a place that the 49ers have seldom won over the years.
The Packers are dealing with some injuries of their own, but they are fairly manageable, especially compared with what the 49ers are facing. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is listed as questionable for Monday night with a knee injury that he has been battling for a couple of weeks. However, he is expected to suit up against the 49ers.
Receiver Randall Cobb, like Goodwin, is attempting to fight off a pesky hamstring issue, but he is reportedly hopeful to play this Monday night.