The OTAs have come and gone. This year’s version was cut short prematurely, skipping the mini-camp portion of events after the league took away the final “volunteer” day as punishment for a rookie CB making contact with a WR during a no-touchy practice. Somewhere in the country Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary are butting heads and thumping their chests and grousing about the pansies that have taken over the NFL.
Even with all these delicate rules, the 49ers managed to put two guys on season ending IR, one for an Achilles and one for an ACL. The players were both backups, so the damage isn’t severe, but it does add to the growing reputation that the 49ers are one of the most fragile teams in the league. Every prediction of how they will fare each year is always qualified by the odious phrase “if healthy.” I can’t think of any other team in the NFL that evokes this sort of “buyer beware” sticker.
And we haven’t even mentioned RB Jeff Wilson Jr., who tore his meniscus in the 49ers locker room before OTAs even began! He’ll start the season on the PUP list and miss at least the first six games.
Every time we want to think that last season’s injury bug was a just a freak situation that won’t happen again, some player sneezes and breaks something vital to his footballing abilities.
Training camp is six weeks off now. I shall use the time to think good thoughts and fight off the urge to scream, “WE’RE CURSED! ABANDON ALL HOPE!”