The San Francisco 49ers’ injuries continue to pile up, and they are now without their top offensive lineman in Trent Williams for quite some time.
The San Francisco 49ers were feeling good after they defeated the Seattle Seahawks upon Jimmy Garoppolo’s return to the starting quarterback role. However, they were brought back to reality in Week 3, as they lost 11-10 to the Denver Broncos in an ugly game. To make that loss sting even more, they have lost a pivotal starter on the offensive line for quite some time.
On Monday, 49ers left tackle Trent Williams suffered a high ankle sprain, and head coach Kyle Shanahan says he could be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks. However, there will be no surgery required for Williams.
49ers: Trent Williams sidelined with high ankle sprain
The injury occurred in what will be a play to remember, and one that Garoppolo would like to forget. Pinned deep in their own territory, Garoppolo attempted to complete a pass, but he stepped out of bounds in the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety and cutting their lead to 7-5.
After the play transpired, Williams was laying on the ground. He was injured while blocking Broncos pass rusher Bradley Chubb, where defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones was blocked into his leg. A cart was brought out to help Williams off the field, but opted instead to walk off with the help of training staff.
The 49ers are not just losing their star left tackle, but also one of the top tackles in the entire league.
Williams allowed zero sacks and was penalized just once through 182 offensive snaps, per Pro Football Focus.
Losing Williams for the foreseeable future is terrible news for the 49ers, as they look to compete after falling just a win away from reaching the Super Bowl last year. The 49ers will have to prepare to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4.