LISTEN: 49ers Defensive Coordinator Search & Roster Musings →
placeholder image

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Ineffectiveness of painkillers hindered 49ers’ Dre Greenlaw vs. Bengals

Nov 10, 2023 at 8:44 AM--


Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw recorded his lowest Pro Football Focus grade (41.0) since 2020. His tackling grade plummeted to 28.6, and his coverage grade was equally disappointing at 35.0.

Greenlaw did not play like Greenlaw.

It was later revealed that he had been playing through pain, attempting to be there for his teammates. However, the decision to endure the discomfort may not have been the wisest.

In an effort to play through an ankle injury and the lingering effects of a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, Greenlaw opted for painkiller shots. Unfortunately, they provided little relief, and the linebacker struggled throughout the game.

"I thought maybe if I got the shots, I'd feel better," Greenlaw told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. "And it didn't feel the same. There's no excuses. Once you get out on that field, you've got to go. It's experience. Lesson learned. If you can't go, you can't go. My mindset — I'm always going to do whatever I can do to help the team. But I definitely didn't help the team."

San Francisco lost the game 31-17, marking their third consecutive loss after starting the season with five straight wins.

Even Greenlaw's head coach, Kyle Shanahan, regrets allowing the linebacker to play in that condition. The 49ers are coming off their bye week, and the added time to rest is expected to benefit Greenlaw greatly. He has been a full participant in practices this week.

"I think the bye really helped Dre a lot," Shanahan said Thursday on Bay Area radio station KNBR. "He was really banged up, especially that last game versus Cincy. We probably shouldn't have even let him play that game once it was said and done. And so I think the bye week helped him a ton. He's had a great week of practice."

As the 49ers aim to turn things around this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars, they hope for a rejuvenated and fully recovered Greenlaw to help guide the team to a win.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News


placeholder image

Video of an emotional Fred Warner reacting to 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw's injury emerges

By David Bonilla
Feb 15

Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are arguably the best linebacker duo in the NFL, serving as the heart of the San Francisco 49ers defense while sharing a strong bond. Therefore, it's no surprise that Warner felt deeply for his teammate and friend when Greenlaw suffered a torn Achilles in the second quarter of Super Bowl 58 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The following video captures Warner's raw emotional response after Greenlaw was carted off the field, revealing the profound anguish experienced by the star linebacker, even as teammate Nick Bosa attempted to console him. This hurts to watch so much. Via


placeholder image

49ers LB Dre Greenlaw undergoes successful surgery on torn Achilles

By David Bonilla
Feb 15

According to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw has undergone a successful surgery to repair the torn Achilles he sustained during Super Bowl 58 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Greenlaw sustained the injury during the second quarter while running onto the field from the sideline. Following examination by the team's medical staff, he was carted off to the locker room. Rapoport wrote, "He will make a full recovery." #49ers star LB Dre Greenlaw had successful surgery today to


placeholder image

Will the 49ers restructure Dre Greenlaw's contract after LB's injury?

By David Bonilla
Feb 20

The injury to Dre Greenlaw during Super Bowl 58 dealt a significant blow to the San Francisco 49ers' defense. The impact of his absence was obvious, as evidenced by Fred Warner's emotional reaction on the sideline after his teammate and friend was carted off to the locker room. This hurts to watch so much. Via @NFL pic.twitter.com/eTVbokiv2N— Ari M (@AriMeirov) February 15,


placeholder image

49ers Notebook: Nick Bosa lobbies for 49ers to keep Chase Young; Kyle Juszczyk addresses his future; Has anyone on the team watched the Super Bowl yet?

By Kirk Larrabee
Feb 13

The offseason is underway for the San Francisco 49ers, which means the team's decision makers will soon have to determine which free agents they would like to try to keep and which ones they'll have to let go. One of the more interesting cases is defensive end Chase Young, whom the 49ers added during the regular season from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a third-round draft pick. It may be hard for the 49ers to prevent Young from being more than a rent-a-player, but Young's friend and former Ohio State University teammate Nick Bosa made it clear Tuesday he'd like to see general manager John Lynch and the 49ers brass find a way to keep Young on the team. In this edition of the 49ers Notebook, we delve into a range of topics starting with Bosa's


Latest

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone