The San Francisco 49ers have had a ton of bad luck throughout this season. From Nick Bosa’s injury toward the beginning of the year to the more recent injuries of Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle, San Francisco has been extremely short-handed this year. Now, the 49ers just suffered a brutal COVID-19 blow to another one of its important players. That player is wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.
Kendrick Bourne has been a solid WR for the San Francisco 49ers
Kendrick Bourne has played for the San Francisco 49ers since 2017, and he has been a solid role player for them. He only had 16 catches for 257 yards in 2017, but he then had 42 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.
Bourne then had 30 catches for the 49ers in 2019 for 358 yards and five touchdowns, but he is on track to have career-highs in almost every major category this season. So far in 2020, Bourne has 25 receptions for San Francisco for 352 yards and one touchdown.
With Deebo Samuel only playing four games so far this year and tight end George Kittle missing some games earlier this season, Bourne has played a crucial part in the 49ers’ offense. He is the second-leading wide receiver for the team in terms of receiving yards among WRs. Bourne is only behind Brandon Aiyuk, who has 28 catches for 371 yards.
However, it appears that Bourne will not play in the 49ers’ upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.
Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19
According to ESPN, the 49ers shut down their facility on Nov. 4 because of a positive COVID-19 test. That positive test was that of Bourne’s.
The 49ers are scheduled to play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. That is reportedly supposed to go on still, though.
“The San Francisco 49ers were informed today that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 and the individual immediately went into self-quarantine,” the Niners said in a statement, according to ESPN. “Our organization has entered the NFL’s intensive protocol and we are working with the league on contact tracing to identify high risk individuals. All team functions will be conducted virtually today.”
It continued: “The health and safety of our players, staff and community are the organization’s highest priority. We will continue to work closely with the NFL and medical professionals and will follow their direction.”
Bourne will now not be able to play against the Packers if the game does go as planned, which is is a brutal blow for the 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers are very short-handed
On offense, wide receiver Deebo Samuel has also only played in four games this season and is ruled out against the Packers with a hamstring injury, per ESPN. Running back Tevin Coleman is out against the Packers as well. This comes after he hurt his knee in Week 8 against the Seahawks, which was his first game back since being activated from IR, per ProFootballTalk. Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert are also on IR.
This is all in addition to the injuries to two of their biggest names on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Jimmy Garopplo has a high ankle sprain that could cost him at least six weeks. Tight end and leading receiver George Kittle also has a foot fracture that will force him to miss eight weeks. ESPN reports that there is a chance that neither one of them will play again in 2020.
At this point in the season, it’s hard to see the 49ers making the playoffs again. They are 4-4 and are in a very tough division in the NFC West, as the division does not have one team with a losing record. They also just simply don’t have enough healthy stars to keep them competitive in the playoff race.
The 49ers have already had a tough season because of injuries. Now, they are dealing with a brutal COVID-19 blow.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference