49ers lose Jason Verrett for season and Raheem Mostert for at least eight weeks

Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (32) runs as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jason Verrett (2) makes the tackle in the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Injuries decimated the San Francisco 49ers last year and if week one is any indication, things may be just as bad in 2021. When Jason Verrett went down with an injury to the ACL of his right knee yesterday, everyone feared the worst. Those fears were realized when Kyle Shanahan confirmed on Monday that Verrett had indeed torn the ligament and would be out for the season.

The bad injury news didn’t end there. Shanahan also announced that running back Raheem Mostert suffered chipped cartilage in his knee and will need surgery. Mostert will be placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss at least the next eight weeks.

The depth of the 49ers’ secondary was a concern throughout the offseason, and the loss of Jason Verrett for the year could become a pivotal moment for this season.

With Verrett out, San Francisco needs Emmanuel Moseley to return healthy and play as he did in 2019 when he replaced Akhello Witherspoon. Unfortunately, Moseley has been dealing with knee injuries of his own after getting rolled up on during the 49ers final practice before Labor Day weekend.

If Moseley is unable to go, the 49ers will be forced to go with veteran options Josh Norman or Dontae Johnson or turn to rookie Ambry Thomas. The 49ers defense uses a good deal of man-to-man coverage, something that is neither Norman nor Johnson’s strong suit while being a strength of Thomas.

Regardless of who replaces Verrett, the 49ers’ defensive line will need to step up. San Francisco’s philosophy has been to build the defense from front to back, and this will be put to the test over the next 17 weeks.

The loss of Mostert is a blow to the offense, but the 49ers running back room has shown the ability to step up. Trey Sermon will be among those expected to fill in for Mostert. The third-round draft pick spent training camp working with the starters before being a surprise on the inactive list for week one.

Mostert was replaced on Sunday by another rookie, sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell. Mitchell stood out in his NFL debut, becoming the first rookie running back in 49ers history to gain over 100 yards in a season opener. JaMycal Hasty played 16 snaps and had two touches, scoring a three-yard touchdown on his lone rush and picking up 15 yards on reception to convert third and ten early in the fourth quarter.

Look for the 49ers to make additions at cornerback and running back in the coming days.

This article has 56 Comments

  1. Any news on how long Greenlaw will be out? Kinlaw didn’t even make the trip to Det. and since the team isn’t returning to SF until after the Phil. game it looks he won’t be playing this week. I was disappointed in the pass rush yesterday, with the injuries to the DB’s the pass rush can’t be just good it needs to be great and they were good yesterday but they were far from great.

    1. Greenlaw is day-to-day per Shanahan.

      Regarding pass rush, I am not particularly concerned. The Lions O line even without Decker is reasonably good (probably top half of the league) and the two key DEs are coming off injuries. Bosa, who did not play in the pre-season looked gassed in the 4th quarter. I think the rush will improve against the Eagles.

  2. Our Defense struggles with mobile Quarterbacks athletic Tight Ends, and small quick RBs. Philly has all three. In fact they have 2 athletic TEs. This will not be a walk in the park.

  3. Jack,

    Do you know what’s going on with Jimmie Ward? He looked completely lost and tentative out there yesterday. I counted at least three times on tv where he waited for the play to come to him, and still managed to get run over or by. This isn’t the same sure-handed and confident tackler we’ve seen in the past. He looked just awful. Ideas?

  4. Evidently phantasy football fans who selected Raheem Mostert are angry enough with him getting injured on his second carry yesterday that they are inundating his wife with nasty messages in very high numbers.

    Evidently they feel that they have been cheated.

    Evidently anonymity brings out amazing stuff.

    Evidently …

    1. This is pretty much life on social media. It’s why I got rid of it years ago. If they’re doing it for the marketing opportunities, then they’re going to have to deal with the down side of it all. My advice- cut it out of your life. No amount of marketing gold found on social media is worth it in the long run IMHO.

      1. A blog like this is no different from other forms of social media. While anonymous, some of us have screen names we’ve been using for years, so we are somewhat held accountable for our posts and opinions. Others show up with different screen names every year, sometimes every post thinking, for good reason, they can can post drive-by crap with immunity. When one of the site’s long time user’s RL information was spilled idiots were merciless, his family started getting harassment, even death threats as I recall. Trolls gotta troll. In fact, your screen name is a troll with every post. You aren’t “owning” anyone, libs or otherwise. You post pretty good football content – grow the F up and chose a different name.

        1. “This is pretty much life on social media” says the troll who uses his screen name to troll a sports blog.

          SMH! I guess self awareness, and irony, are completely lost on this guy! Why should we be surprised?

      2. ” It’s why I got rid of it years ago. ” ” marketing gold ”

        WTF are you talking about? I hate to burst your bubble but blogs are a form of social media dude. I have no clue what marketing gold means. I have been a fantasy football participant with my buddies for 10 years. There is quite a bit of trash talking between us but that is as far as it goes. The people who bully and harass family members of players are degenerates. They are of the same ilk who intimidate politicians and journalists. These same low-lifes even think that the 1.6 traitors were patriots. Most use social media to gain knowledge and interact with friends/family. The sad , lonely and deranged use it to bully others and subvert democracy.

        1. By “Marketing Gold” I am referring to athletes and public personas using twitter and other social media accounts to generate revenue outside their primary source of income. If an athlete or famous person recommends a product, they generate additional revenue. There are obvious downsides to going this route and most are aware (or made aware) of what they invite when doing so. If you are not familiar with this phenomenon, please look elsewhere to find the information you seek. Hope this helps you.

          1. So you are saying athletes and populace in general should not be using twitter, facebook, etc just because cretinous trolls take issue with what they’ve said? Like it or not, in the 21st century social media, including blogs like this, is here to stay.

              1. Just say it, dude.

                In your world, athletes should just “shut up and dribble”, unless of course, they are toeing the conservative line, in which case it’s free speech.

                We know exactly what you are trying to say, troll!

              2. No, I do not believe that. And your assumption is not correct. I’d be happy to have a cup of coffee with you sometime, maybe we can understand each other better in person. I think you will find we have a lot more in common than you think.

              3. Dude, you use a screen name to troll a sports blog.

                You use thinly vailed reasoning (victim blaming) for your defense of people who use social media in one of the most negative ways possible – verbally threatening and harassing a professional athlete for simply getting hurt playing a violent sport.

                I don’t have a problem with people who simply have a different point of view than myself. In fact, I encourage diversity. But I have a big problem with internet bullies, and hypocrites. I don’t have time in my personal life for either of these things. So unless you are just completely full of sh_t, and you are pretending to be someone who you aren’t, even with our limited interactions, I can assure you that we don’t have enough in common for me to give you the time of day, let alone spend the time it takes to sit down and have a cup of coffee with you.


            1. If an athlete or famous person recommends a product, they generate additional revenue.

              Care to enlighten us on how that relates dickwad blowback to Mosterts season ending injury?

          2. “athletes and public personas using twitter and other social media accounts to generate revenue outside their primary source of income. If an athlete or famous person recommends a product,”

            Again WTF. Are you objecting to athletes endorsing products or using the social media medium ? Endorsements have been going on for a least 100 years. When I was a youth my first sports memories were the Air Jordan and Chris Rock Little Penny ads. It is a win for both endorser and endorsee. The athlete gains additional revenue and the company reaches a wider audience to market their products . I fully expect Trey Lance to say ” I am going to DisneyLand” and appearing on a Wheaties Box after winning the Super Bowl this year.

            1. I don’t condone or condemn any behavior. You really are having trouble understanding what I’m saying, or you’re projecting ideas on me that are simply not true.

              If I were an athlete or famous person, and this is just me, I would probably shy away from social media and use more traditional forms of product endorsement. Why? Because the social media universe is strife with bigots and people with bad intentions. Athletes and famous people have a direct line of communication with the general populace now through social media. The general populace has no accountability. The athlete/famous person is held accountable for every single word, spoken, written or interpreted. There is no filter or protection through these avenues.

              Now convince me (if i were famous) why I should want to jump into social media for the extra revenue generation? My primary source of income is my golden egg. My mental health, and, in many cases, physical health are both at risk by doing so.

              Whether someone wants to jump into the circus or not is their choice. But I hope they understand what they are getting into.

              Not everyone has the mental strength and fortitude Muhammad Ali had in his activism. Now imagine that ten fold with the abuse people face today and compound that with no filter between the person and the general population.

              This thread is already heading off on a tangent so I’ll stop here. You’re free to get any snipes in as you please.

              1. And, BTW, harassing an athlete for getting hurt is bad enough, but harassing and threatening an athlete’s wife?

                Get a life, Nuisance!

              2. Bigots exist on television, print , radio and social media. It is idiotic for athletes to surrender social media for that reason. I suggest you take a time-out and attempt to become more intelligent.

              3. “I don’t condone or condemn any behavior.”

                Are you saying that YOU are the nuisance Gavin…..

              4. I’m just curious, Gavin, maybe you can enlighten me. I’d love to know what motivates you to use a political name in a derogatory, disparaging way, as your screen name on a sports blog?

                Do you think any of us come to this blog to find out how you personally feel about the Governor of California?

                I mean, do you really think any of us even give a flying f_ck how you feel about a particular political figure?

                Does trolling a sports blog release endorphins in your brain? Does it make you feel like a tough guy, or do you just have no better way to express yourself in your own personal life?

                What exactly is it that motivates a person like you to use politics to troll a sports blog? I’d love to know.

              5. What is an INTERNET TROLL: Someone who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing disruption and argument

                This is exactly who you are, Gavin. You use a derogative political screen name on this sports blog, to deliberately provoke a response, with the intent to cause disruption and argument.

                You are the very definition of an Internet TROLL, dude! You are who you are, so just own it.

    2. ht,
      Welcome back. I was concerned with your health when you disappeared from the blog. I guess us oldtimers made it out ok.

      1. I’ll be 88 this Saturday. Some health problems and the pandemic altered my entertainment portfolio. Also the league leading list of 49ers out for the season in 2020.

        Feeling good now but not happy with the weekend’s injuries.

  5. Feel really bad for Verrett. Seems like a good guy who has battled through so much. I hope he overcomes the devastation of this injury and finds contentment in whatever is next for him.

    I’m very surprised the Mostert injury is an 8 week injury. I’ve always been under the impression cartilage injuries require a lot longer to heal than ligament injuries. If there is a silver lining it is that with a 17 game season then Mostert can come back and get back to top form for a strong December/January push.

    1. OK, Troll.

      What is an INTERNET TROLL: Someone who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing disruption and argument

      You are the very definition of an Internet TROLL, dude! You are who you are, so just own it.

        1. The part where you use a ridiculous screen name in order to troll this blog.

          I mean, do you really expect us to take you seriously, with a screen name like that?

          Why are you even wasting your time on this blog? I think I can speak for most of us on this blog, when when I say we can’t take you seriously, troll!

          If you want to be taken seriously, quit posting under a stupid screen name, because it makes you look like a d_mn fool!

          1. I will give your cogent and impassioned commentary all the time and attention it deserves.

            So what do you think about the signing of Kerryon Johnson? If that knee is fully healed then I think he is a great fit in this offense.

    1. Time will tell if this was a good decision. He happens to play running back which is one of the lesser valued positions on teams today. Hopefully he has a team waiting for him and a long career when he comes back. He’s a really good guy on and off the field.

      1. Yeah, I like the guy and he deserves his millions but disappointed in his inability to stay healthy. Assume the field had something to do with his injury. Imo football should be played on grass and think owners who don’t use it should be subject to a tax of some sort.

      1. Oh wow. Hadn’t heard Mostert is out for the year but can’t say I’m surprised. Mostert may be done as a RB for the 49ers. If you brought in Trey because Jimmy G can’t stay healthy then why would re-sign a FA RB who can’t stay healthy next offseason. I really liked Kerryon Johnson and think he would be a great fit for the 49ers if he’s healthy but he has had his own injury issues.

        1. OK, whatever you say, Troll! Your presence here is like somebody going to talk sports at a sports bar, dressed like a clown.

        2. Do you know what it’s like for me when I read your posts, 1.6?

          Let me tell you a story:

          One evening my wife I went over to my in-laws for dinner. My father-in-law was experiencing an allergic reaction at the time, so his eye were puffy, and lips were all swollen up. About a half an hour into our visit that evening, my father-in-law got very serious, and began talking politics. The problem, of course, was that I couldn’t take a word that came out his mouth seriously, because his face looked like a clown.

          Well, that’s you, 1.6! You may have some valid points in regards to the 49ers, but none of us can take your posts seriously on this blog, because you look like a CLOWN!

          1. Soooooo perfectly sane and balanced internet guy, back to football. Is your Father-in-law a 49er fan? I especially enjoy family get togethers because my in laws are Cowboy fans. They aren’t even in Dallas or Texas so I’m not sure how that happened. We’ve both had some rough years lately but it still makes the trash talk fun. My only issue right now is I actually like Dak Prescott. Seems like a good guy and he’s a really good football player but I can never root for anyone with that star on their helmet. I’d much rather have every Cowboy QB to be like Troy Aikman who I absolutely can not stand.

          2. The thing is, I tend to agree with your take on Raheem Mostert likely having played his last game as a Niner, but unfortunately, I can’t take you seriously as a person, so it becomes hard to interact.

            And what’s the point of a sports blog if you can’t take someone seriously enough to interact with?

            And making light of 1.6, isn’t trash talk, idot! People DIED. Police officers died, are you aware of this? Is that really so hard to get through your THICK skull? What’s wrong with you, dude? Seriously, its impossible to take you serious! You are a joke!

            1. I actually have something that might help you remain calm. If you look at your screen, there is an arrow that looks like it is pointing down. If you get to something I wrote you can just click that arrow and it will scroll the screen downward so you are not exposed to the stimuli that upsets you. Problem solved. Hope that helps.

              1. Whatever you say, Troll!

                Hahaha, let’s make fun a police being killed by violent extremists. Hahaha, isn’t that funny, hahaha.

                FYI, No, it’s really NOT FUNNY, jerk_ff!

              2. So, are you saying I shouldn’t get pissed off at somebody for insinuating that beating cops with flag poles is patriotic?

                Really as_hole? F – OFF!

              3. Yah, you’re right Dee, especially that last post. I knew it about 10 minutes after I posted it, and finally cooled off.

                I definitely got a little too heated, but geesh, I just can’t believe people actually condone what happened on that day. It’s a total embarrassment for the country, and it truly makes me very angry. It’s just so wrong on so many different levels!

              4. Reasons consider this. 1.6’s screen name could be in honor of the Capitol police members who bravely stood their ground against the seditionist mob intent on overthrowing our democracy. The true Patriots of that day.

                Could be, but doubtful.

            2. Has 1.6 made any political statements? If so I have missed them. It looks like his screen name really triggers you. I don’t think his screen name is in good taste but I can ignore it, evidently you can’t.

  6. Speaking of 1.6 Traitor, excerpt from Pulitzer winning journalist Woodward’s new book:

    PELOSI: If they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this? You know he’s crazy. He’s been crazy for a long time.

    MILLEY: Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.

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