The San Francisco 49ers might think they’re a cursed franchise. Sure, they thumped the New York Jets in Week 2 and have a solidly deep roster to compete for a playoff berth in 2020. But the way the past 48 hours have gone, it’s reasonable for them to think someone has it out for them.
The 49ers had a back-to-back trip to New Jersey planned, with road games against the Jets and Giants in Weeks 2 and 23. The team traveled to New Jersey on Saturday for Sunday’s game against the Jets. The plan was to play that game, head to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and then go back to New Jersey for the Giants game next week.
The big story thus far has been the overwhelming number of injuries the 49ers suffered against the Jets. Defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered knee injuries believed to be season-ending. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain and while the team does not think it’s serious, his status is in question for Week 3. Finally, running back Raheem Mostert suffered an MCL sprain and has already been ruled out for Week 3 and backup Tevin Coleman has a knee injury of his own that leaves his status in doubt.
And yet, that’s only a small part of the chaos the 49ers have dealt with since leaving the Bay Area. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media things start poorly on Saturday when the plane got hit by something at the San Francisco airport and that resulted in a dent and a six-hour delay and late arrival on the east coast. Then, the MRI truck that was headed to The Greenbrier to check out Bosa and Thomas broke down en route and is resulting in a delay in evaluating the two potential ACL tears.
All in all, not a great couple days for the 49ers. The only upside is they get the Jets and Giants in back-to-back weeks. While neither is particularly good, the downside is the 49ers have to return to play on turf that the entire team was complaining about following Sunday’s game.
Kyle Shanahan said there’s a chance Jimmy Garoppolo could play this week, and the team also hopes to have George Kittle available sooner rather than later. However, given the nature of the turf the team will be playing on this Sunday, it seems highly unlikely we see Garoppolo or Kittle out there against the Giants.