San Francisco 49ers CB Moseley tore ACL in left knee, done for season – ESPN

San Francisco 49ers CB Moseley tore ACL in left knee, done for season - ESPN

WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The San Francisco 49ers got the news they expected but didn’t want Monday afternoon when coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that cornerback. Emmanuel Moseley suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

Moseley’s injury will require surgery and end his season, which is no surprise to the Niners, who feared that was the case after a 37-15 win against the Carolina Panthers. It’s no less disappointing for the Niners or Moseley because he’s on track to a career-best season and just posted a pair of pass breakups and his first career interception for a touchdown on Sunday.

That breakout season seemed to come at just the right time, too, with Moseley slated to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

“I know he knows how I feel,” Shanahan said. “I told him that before the injury. I know I feel the same if not stronger. It was a really sad, unfortunate thing that happened to him, he played his [butt] away, too. He will be sorely missed this year but I really, really hope to have him back next year.”

The Niners got better, if more uncertain news about the other key trio of players who suffered injuries against Carolina. Defensive end Nick Bosa left that game with a groin strain and sat out the second half.

Shanahan indicated that Bosa’s injury is more of a daily proposition but explained that Bosa is dealing with some tension.

“It’s bothering him today,” Shanahan said. “You always want to be careful, especially with Nick, about that kind of thing, but I know if we had practiced today, he wouldn’t have been able to go. I hope he feels better this week, but it didn’t feel good today. . . .

Free security Jimmie Ward broke his left hand on the opening kickoff and after a brief attempt to play through it, also left Sunday’s game without returning. Ward is scheduled for surgery on the hand on Tuesday.

When that’s over, the Niners will assess whether Ward can play with a cast on his hand and return sooner rather than later.

“That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” Shanahan said. “There’s a chance but that’s why we want to see how the surgery goes and find out if he can do it after it.”

kicker Robbie Gould is also considered permanent after he suffered a bruised left knee while attempting to make a tackle on a kick return. Gould had some swelling in his knee on Monday, according to Shanahan, and the Niners will work out some kicks on Tuesday to provide insurance if Gould is unable to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Replacing Moseley will be one of the first orders of business for the 49ers this week as they practice at the Greenbrier Resort before heading to Atlanta this weekend.

Ambry Thomas, Deodorus Lenoir and Samuel Womack III is among the options on the active roster with a veteran Donae Johnson also available to come up from the practice squad.

But the most attractive option might be veteran Jason Verrett, who returns from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Verrett opened his practice window last week and while the team wants to make sure he’s back quickly and in game shape before stepping back into a major role, he’s the most successful indoor option available when healthy.

“He’s a big corner, so if Verrett can get these practice reps and come out and fully recover and get back to game shape and ready to go, he’s going to end up being our guy,” Shanahan said.

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