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49ers’ Talanoa Hufanga suffered torn ACL vs. Buccaneers, Shanahan confirms

Nov 20, 2023 at 9:27 AM--

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During a Monday morning conference call, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan updated reporters on the team's status following their 27-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Shanahan shared an injury update concerning safety Talanoa Hufanga, who sustained a knee injury in the third quarter and was subsequently ruled out. Following the game, Shanahan expressed concerns about a potential ACL injury for the All-Pro safety.

On Monday, Shanahan officially confirmed that Hufanga would be sidelined for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. The good news is that Shanahan and the 49ers expect the injured safety to be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 season.

"They don't think there was any meniscus or anything, so it was as clean as it could be for just being ACL," Shanahan said.

The coach added, "He'll need a plan for training camp, but with the time and everything, if everything goes smoothly, he should be ready for Week 1."

In Hufanga's absence, rookie safety Ji'Ayir Brown took the field and delivered an impressive performance, breaking up a pass in the end zone and securing an interception. Brown is set to start alongside Tashaun Gipson for the remainder of the season.

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