Emmanuel Sanders Forced to Leave Game with Rib Injury

Getty Emmanuel Sanders of the San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is out for the game after suffering a rib injury against the Seattle Seahawks, according to reports.

In the second quarter, Sanders had his helmet off and could be seen walking to the locker room under his own power.  It would be a big loss for the 49ers offense. Sanders has provided a spark to the offense since being traded two weeks ago. In two games, the former Bronco has 11 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns with San Francisco.

In the absence of Sanders, Deebo Samuel, Dante Pettis, and Marquise Goodwin become the top receivers on the 49ers depth chart.

Samuel is filling the void on Monday night with four grabs for 70 yards in the first half, including a couple of impressive runs after the catch.

The 49ers are already without tight end George Kittle who was did not play Monday night because of ankle and knee injuries. Kittle leads the 49ers with 46 receptions and 541 receiving yards this season.

Sanders has had injury troubles in the past. Last December, he tore his Achilles tendon during practice and missed the remainder of the 2018 season. He surprised some as to how quickly he returned from that injury.

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Sanders Traded To San Fran

On October 22, the 49ers sent three 2020 mid-round draft picks to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the wide receiver. The move gives San Francisco a true number one wide receiver on the outside to go along with their already potent rushing attacks in football. 

Several other NFL teams were rumored to be possible destinations for Sanders. Those teams included the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

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