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The 49ers Defense Has Already Injured 6 Running Backs

House of Pain.
House of Pain.

Remember last year when the Redskins defense was knocking people out every game (Finley, Rodgers, Vick, Addai, etc). Well, the Niners defense is doing the same:

The Niners defense has given up ZERO rushing TDs this year. While that is impressive, how they are knocking RBs out is more alarming:

  • Pre-season - Arian Foster hurt his hamstring on a Patrick Willis tackle.
  • Week 2 vs DAL - Felix Jones wrist injury on 2nd carry of game (also separated his shoulder). Missed a few series and only had 9 carries total. 
  • Week 4 vs PHI - LeSean McCoy was banged up and only had 9 carries.
  • Week 5 vs TB - LaGarette Blount sprained knee on a tackle - hasn't played since (though is practicing again).
  • Week 6 vs DET - Jahvid Best was concussed and has not played a snap since.
  • Week 8 vs CLE - Montario Hardesty - calf injury on a hard tackle (out indefinitely).

Via, these stats are just amazing....

Here are the fourth-quarter totals of the six starting running backs they've faced, followed by the overall game stats:

- Lynch, Seahawks: 0 carries, 0 receptions. Game total: 13 carries for 33 yards, 2 receptions for 12 yards.

- Jones, Cowboys: 1 carry for 4 yards, 0 receptions. Game total: 9 carries for 25 yards, 1 reception for 4 yards.

- Benson, Bengals: 4 carries for 16 yards, 0 receptions. Game total: 17 carries for 64 yards.

- McCoy, Eagles: 1 carry for 1 yard, 1 reception for 15 yards. Game total: 9 carries for 18 yards, 6 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.

- Blount, Buccaneers: 0 carries, 0 receptions. Game total: 10 carries for 34 yards, 2 receptions for 31 yards.

- Best, Lions: 1 carry for minus-1 yard, 0 receptions. Game total: 12 carries for 37 yards, 6 receptions for 73 yards.

The Niners have gone 28 consecutive games of not allowing a 100-yard rusher. Impressive streaks. Painful ones, too, for running backs.

Soooo....what are the odds a brittle Ryan Torain makes it out of this game alive?