San Francisco 49ers have been dealt some major blows this season and while this news is not as devastating, it still provides another blow to a 49ers defense already reeling from two huge retirements.
The 49ers defense was in decent shape at the linebacker position headed into this offseason, but when veteran stalwart and arguably the NFL's best middle linebacker, Patrick Willis, retired last week, San Francisco were plunged into a small crisis.
But those that feared what would be left for the Niners calmed themselves with the knowledge that young linebacker Chris Borland could fill Willis's role over time. That was until the 24-year-old promising star surprisingly decided to join Willis in retirement, and now that news has been followed by the revelation that Chase Thomas has now suffered an ACL tear.
"After the firing of head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have undergone a series of dramatic changes, including a slew of free-agent departures and the retirement of linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland," Yahoo Sports reported on Friday.
"Now they can add injury to insult with the news that reserve linebacker Chase Thomas has torn his ACL while working out at Stanford, according to sfgate.com.
"Thomas played for the Cardinal and made the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and added depth at outside linebacker, where the team is a bit thin beyond Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch."
This injury certainly adds to the 49ers' woes, but it is in no way as troubling as the retirements of Willis and Borland.
The Niners will almost certainly attempt to solve their linebacker problems with some of their selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, but what do you think the 49ers should do to solve their issues? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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