San Francisco 49ers were dealt a painful blow yesterday as cornerback Chris Culliver looks set to miss the upcoming season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 24-year-old suffered the injury during a practice session, and is set to undergo surgery that will keep him out of action for the remainder of the year.
The 49ers worst fears were confirmed after an MRI scan revealed the tear.
Culliver is believed to have been involved in a punt coverage drill with rookie Marcus Cooper, when he fell to the ground during a sprint downfield, clutching his left knee.
General manager Trent Baalke was quick to comfort his secondary star, who left the field in tears as he was escorted to the treatment room.
Although he is not a starter for Jim Harbaugh's defense, Culliver is regarded as an important part of the squad.
With him out of action for some time, it appears Nnamdi Asomugha and Carlos Rogers will both stick with the team.
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