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49ers have 9 players returning this year from an ACL injury

San Francisco 49ers have had the toughest off-season of any team in the NFL. But can they rebound?

San Francisco 49ers have had the toughest off-season of any team in the NFL. But can they rebound?

The San Francisco 49ers have some bad luck, and now they will have to do it with 9 players on their roster coming back from an ACL injury. According to Cam Inman of the Mercury News, Dr. James Andrews says the Niners have 9 players coming back from ACL tears.

Dr. James Andrews isn’t astonished the 49ers have nine players, but he does say they all have the same goal. 

“Everyone wants to be ready for next season and get back in the line of fire, The success rate depends a lot more than on just the ACL itself,” Andrews said, referring to rehabilitation and recovery, both physically and mentally.

If the 49ers players injured can come back physically and mentally stable then they may have a chance, if they cannot it may be a long year in the Bay.

49ers coming off ACL rehabilitation:

LB NaVorro Bowman (left ACL/MCL): 16 months

RB Kendall Hunter (right ACL): 9 1/2 months

DL Darnell Dockett (right ACL): 9 months

WR Chuck Jacobs (right ACL): 8 ½ months

G Brandon Thomas (right ACL): 13 months

CB Keith Reaser (left ACL): 19 months

FB Trey Millard (left ACL/MCL): 18 months

WR DeAndre Smelter (left ACL): 5 ½ months

OLB Chase Thomas (right ACL): 2 months

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Team-by-team ACL patients:

9: 49ers

4: Dolphins, Packers

3: Chargers, Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Rams, Ravens

2: Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Seahawks

1: Giants, Patriots, Raiders, Steelers, Titans, Washington

0: Bills, Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints, Texans, Vikings

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