San Francisco 49ers will start the 2015 NFL season in September with a drastically different team to the one that ended the last campaign.
An offseason of change in San Francisco has left the 49ers reeling. A plethora of retirements means that the NFC West franchise is struggling to convince its doubters that they can mount a serious challenge for the playoffs.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh parted ways with the Niners at the end of the last campaign, before Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith all announced shock retirements.
Borland's decision to quit football was the most shocking, especially considering he is 24 and had a promising career ahead of him. To add further devastation to this situation, right tackle Anthony Davis retired this week, citing that concussion issues were behind his decision - reasons that Borland and Willis also cited.
Furthermore, now it seems that even more players at the 49ers are thinking about retirement, with young safety Eric Reid saying that he will join Borland and co if he suffers another bad concussion injury.
“I will continue to evaluate my own situation. If I have another concussion and I don’t feel like I can play any more, then I won’t. If I [have another concussion], and if I feel that I still can play, then I will. It’s just a case-by-case basis,” Reid said.
“I know it’s a huge deal right now in the NFL and everything is being put under a microscope, but that’s how every injury is. It could be a dislocated shoulder. You evaluate your situation and see if you’re healthy enough to still play.”
Looking to get help
Reid missed the final game of the 2014 season due to a concussion. He says he is now fully recovered, but he is also thinking about seeking more medical advice.
“There is a doctor that I’m looking further into and I may end up going to see,” Reid said. “Like I said, right now I’ve evaluated my situation and I feel comfortable playing.”