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The San Francisco 49ers’ Injury List Sadly Got Even Longer After Losing Their $28 Million Player

The San Francisco 49ers had hopes of reaching a second consecutive Super Bowl this season. That seems like a pipe dream now. Through Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, the 49ers have a long list of injured players, including arguably their best, and one of the NFL’s greatest players, in Nick Bosa. That list got even longer on Monday night, though, when the team announced the injury to Solomon Thomas.

The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with a lot of injuries

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The 49ers had a pretty stacked roster returning from last season. However, many of their top players are now injured.

Prior to San Francisco’s Week 2 game against the New York Jets, star tight end George Kittle, defensive end Dee Ford, cornerback Richard Sherman, and receiver Deebo Samuel were all dealing with injuries. Sherman and Samuel are also both on injured reserve.

On Sunday, the injuries continued to pile up.

Star defensive end Nick Bosa tore his ACL against the Jets and will miss the season; quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain and is day-to-day; running back Tevin Coleman sustained a knee sprain and is expected to miss multiple weeks, and running back Raheem Mostert suffered an MCL sprain and will probably miss the 49ers’ Week 3 game, according to ESPN.

“It’s heartbreaking,” 49ers’ left tackle Trent Williams said of Bosa, according to ESPN. “Nick is a cornerstone of this team. He’s part of the nucleus. Not only that, he’s a shining star on the field. He has a bright future ahead of him. So it sucks, man.”

In addition to all of those injured stars, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas also suffered a big injury.

Solomon Thomas will also miss the rest of the season

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Prior to joining the 49ers in the NFL, Thomas was a star at Stanford as he racked up 8.5 sacks in 2016, which led to San Francisco selecting him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

However, after signing his $28 million rookie contract with the Niners, Thomas has been somewhat of a disappointment, especially when considering where the team selected him in the draft.

Thomas had three sacks and 41 total tackles in his rookie season but has not recorded numbers that high in either category since then. He ultimately had one sack and 31 total tackles in 2018, and two sacks to go with 21 total tackles in 2019. For his career before the 2020 season, Thomas had 93 total career tackles and six sacks.

So far in 2020, Thomas had two tackles, but in the 49ers’ game against the Jets, like Bosa did, Thomas sadly tore his ACL. His 2020 season is over.

Now, his future with the 49ers is also in jeopardy.

Solomon Thomas’ future with the 49ers is up in the air

The San Francisco 49ers are sadly dealing with a bunch of injuries. Their list got even longer when they lost their $28 million player.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas looks on during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 13, 2020. | MSA/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Maybe the worst part about Thomas’ injury is that this is a contract year for him. The Niners declined the fifth-year option on his contract this offseason.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch did tell 95.7 The Game radio this offseason that the team could still sign Thomas to an extension, according to ESPN, as the 49ers expected him to have a much larger role this year.

“Solomon Thomas is a guy that we felt played well last year in a role,” Lynch said this offseason, according to ESPN. “We think that role will expand.”

However, it is hard to imagine the team signing Thomas now after he hasn’t quite produced at the level they expected, and he now doesn’t get to prove himself this season.

It is tough to see players get injured, no matter who they are and what the injury is. However, Thomas’ injury is extremely difficult to deal with, knowing that it could be career-altering for him, as his time with the 49ers could soon be done.

Stats courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference