SANTA CLARA, CA – The San Francisco 49ers won all eight of the games they played this season, but suffered a significant loss in their last win.
Linebacker Kwon Alexander, the team's most valuable off-season add-on free agent, suffered a torn pectoral victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday afternoon.
Alexander is expected to miss the rest of what is shaping up to be a season full of potential for the Niners.
I'm built for this shhh! It's all part of the game! I sacrifice everything when I enter between the white line! Have a legend! Everything happens for a reason! I'll be back‼ ️
̵1; Kwon Alexander (@kwon) November 1, 2019
Alexander was injured at the end of Thursday's win and was announced for the remainder of the game shortly after reaching the sideline, After the match Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Alexander would have an MRI on Friday morning, but suggested there was fear it would be a chest injury.
In the dressing room, Alexander seemed to be in a good mood, had no hand in a sling, and was able to offer at least some range of movement when talking to the medical staff of the team. Despite some initial optimism based on this, Shanahan and Niner remain concerned until the NMR results.
Shanahan held a conference call with the media in the Bay Area on Friday morning, while Alexander and George Whale received an MRI. Whale suffered a knee and ankle injury and played through most of the game before exposing the last few drives.
During the conversation, Shanahan was optimistic that there would be good news for Kit, but not so much when
"Kwon was great for us this year on the field and as a leader," Shanahan said Friday morning. "I'm much more nervous than returning the NMR today.
" He was a great addition to us. It will be a difficult loss. I hope it's not for the whole season, but if so, we'll deal with it. I hope it really isn't. "
Some of Alexander's teammates reacted to the news on Twitter.
Broken heart for my brother @kwon ….. this game took you through it
– Richard Sherman (@ RSherman_25) November 1, 2019
– Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) November 1, 2019
With the tests confirming Shanahan's worst fears, the Niners will now be without a player, which is fast and Mal became one of their emotional leaders in addition to adding some much needed speed and athleticism to the linebacker.
In most of the eight games, Alexander had 34 tackles, an interception, half a sack, a forced hit and four passes.
"Every time a person goes down, you worry a lot about him," DeForest Buckner said. Kwon can do for us, and he is currently on our way to recovering and understanding what is happening. "
The 49ers will turn to rookie Dre Greenleeve to fill the big void left behind. Greenlaugh retreated for Alexander against Arizona after moving to Alexander Will's place from his usual spot at Sam's. Greenlaw
Veteran Mark Nzeocha is likely to replace Greenlaw in Sam with Azeez Al-Shaair, who offers depth, Shanahan says training team player Elijah Lee can
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At the start of Thursday's game, Kitle took a left knee helmet and left briefly before returning, and after the game he did not seem too concerned that there was a serious injury.
"I know that when something happens, I try to push as hard as you can," said Kit. you know. I was just talking to my coach about this, and we made a decision about it. "
As the 49ers play on Thursday, Kittle will have a little extra time to heal. San Francisco doesn't play again until November 11 when it hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.
Shanahan was uncertain, but I hope Kit will be available for this game. "
" I know he has played through a lot of things and it will be difficult for him this week, "Shanahan said." But I feel pretty good that it won't is something long-term and I hope we can get it back this week. "