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Report: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL

Chris Culliver AP

The hits just keep coming on the injury front for the two favorites in the NFC West this season.

On the same day Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin underwent surgery to repair an injured hip, the San Francisco 49ers have apparently lost a defensive back for the season.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a torn ACL in practice on Thursday and will miss the entire season.

Culliver was described as being “in tears” on the practice field after suffering the injury on a punt drill Thursday afternoon.

The 49ers will be without receiver Michael Crabtree for significant time still after suffering a torn Achilles over the offseason and linebacker Patrick Willis is dealing with a broken hand as well.

Culliver appeared in all 16 for the 49ers in 2012 while recording 47 tackles with 14 passes defensed and two interceptions.

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96 Responses to “Report: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL”
  1. jimmysee says: Aug 1, 2013 10:43 PM

    This training camp season is giving “last man standing” a whole new meaning.

  2. briank1ne says: Aug 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    Not good. I y like this young guy.

  3. jeremywflores says: Aug 1, 2013 10:45 PM

    49ers and Seahawks doing the anti-arms race now.

    WHYYYYYYYYYY

  4. jdubb84 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:46 PM

    San Fran has suffered a ton more in injury loss then Seattle

  5. prosb4hos says: Aug 1, 2013 10:46 PM

    What crazy idea will Goodell have to try and prevent these NON CONTACT injuries lol?? RGIII already proved those big bulky braces don’t work when he tore his ACL & LCL wearing one in the playoffs. No training camp perhaps?

  6. phelbin says: Aug 1, 2013 10:46 PM

    SON OF A B&$*#%!!!

  7. gbpshareholder says: Aug 1, 2013 10:47 PM

    Just remember how many injuries the eventual Super Bowl Champs suffered back in 2010… and keep hoping Kap is the next Montana or Young…

  8. skeebo80 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:48 PM

    Nnamdi will step in well at 3rd CB for Cully

  9. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2013 10:49 PM

    The Alex Smith curse has been born.

  10. bhagos2 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:49 PM

    I’m sure Jason Collins wishes him as speedy recovery

  11. brent1395 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:51 PM

    Effectively cancels out Harvin injury for the NFC West race

  12. 6ball says: Aug 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    .

    Despite all the preseason prognostications and power rankings, it usually comes down to ” who’s on your active roster come December? ”

    .

  13. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    Can you say injury bug?

  14. txbearmeat says: Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    Too bad for SF. First Crabtree, now Culliver.

    I don’t root for injuries. But I did want my team (GB) to kick the crap out of them at full strength on week 1.

  15. mcarey032 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    looks like the 49ers may have to embrace “next man up” as their mantra.

  16. romoscollarbone says: Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    If you’re into karma, I suppose this is it.

  17. cardsfann1 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    Shucks…

  18. 91devinhester23 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:53 PM

    this is the most season ending injuries before preseason ever

  19. screwuhowardschultz says: Aug 1, 2013 10:55 PM

    That sucks – I feel for the guy! I’m a Seahawks fan but hate to here about injuries like this before the season.

  20. realfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2013 10:55 PM

    Like I said the other day, who’s having a worse off-season — the 49ers, the Seahawks, or the Broncos?

    It’s like they are weekly trying to outdo each other on bad news for their fans.

  21. mrlynch33 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    Dropping like flies…this one hurts more than people may realize. Sure he wasn’t great in the Superbowl but he was pretty good last year.

  22. mcjon22 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    But…But…Concussions….

    Broke Ex-NFL Players

  23. kane337 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    I feel really bad for the guys losing their season due to injury.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:56 PM

    Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.

  25. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 1, 2013 10:57 PM

    Sweet karma for the legions of 49ers fans celebrating Percy Harvin’s injury :D

  26. elliottcovert says: Aug 1, 2013 10:58 PM

    Training camps is turning out to be the most physical opponent the 49ers have faced yet.

  27. hawkasuaras says: Aug 1, 2013 10:59 PM

    Wow, has anyone check to see if the rams or cardinals might be behind these injuries?

  28. herkulease says: Aug 1, 2013 11:01 PM

    That makes 5 players now to go down with a torn ACL and training camp is barely a week in.

    Add in a Dennis Pitta with his hip and couple of other guys with injuries that puts them out most if not all of the season, it makes very strange offseason.

    Can anyone remember an offseason with this many major injuries?

  29. thedcunit says: Aug 1, 2013 11:03 PM

    Wow … Get better bro. Niners have enough depth to keep going though.

    HTTR

  30. sfniners4life says: Aug 1, 2013 11:04 PM

    I feel for him. Really liked this kid out of South Carolina. He was a great value pick and hopefully he comes back full speed.

  31. 209erfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:08 PM

    Bummer … thank god they signed namdi, and from what I’ve been hearing he’s been tearin it up so far in camp … so really culliver woulda been our dime back at best and a dime back who struggles mightily to locate the ball in the air … perrish cox will step up watch, and look out for Daryl Morris undrafted kid from Texas state … this guy can play some football and he runs low 4.3′s…check out his highlights on YouTube pretty incredible… he would also bring some much needed swag to this secondary

  32. cpo187 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:08 PM

    WTF is going on in San Fran and Seattle?!?

  33. hawktawker says: Aug 1, 2013 11:09 PM

    Sorry to hear this. Chin up 49ers, it’s going to be a great rivalry this year between you and the Hawks still. Strap it up boys, almost time to play!!

  34. oprk says: Aug 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I wouldn’t wish a torn ACL on anyone. Hopefully he makes a quick recovery.

  35. theslex says: Aug 1, 2013 11:10 PM

    Feel bad for the kid.

    Now we’ll see if the 9ers can compete when they aren’t the healthiest team in the league.

  36. 69finfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:12 PM

    Here’s to a speedy recovery. Good luck Chris.

  37. gripless says: Aug 1, 2013 11:12 PM

    rutt rho

  38. duece5 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:14 PM

    It’s football karma…..the niner fans were giving it to the hawks about harvin’s injury, now, a niner is out for the year……….DO NOT UPSET THE FOOTBALL GODS!!!!

    So hawk fans, go ahead and make fun, and another hawk will bite it!!!

  39. pr0phat69 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:15 PM

    Only 49ers cry. If he were a Seahawks he wouldn’t have cried. Bet he learned that from the coach

  40. leroysbutler says: Aug 1, 2013 11:16 PM

    The football gods are fickle. Number one preseason power rankings mean nothing in Dec/Jan. You still have to stay healthy and play the games.

  41. fredsingleton says: Aug 1, 2013 11:17 PM

    The pieces are falling into to place…for the Cardinals to take the division!

    Just kidding, they couldn’t do that even if all the teams they played against only played 9 men on the field.

    Tough loss though. 49ers defense will need to be ready week 1 when they play the Green Bay Rodgers.

  42. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 1, 2013 11:21 PM

    Another one bites the dust…
    and another one falls another one falls
    another 9er bites the dust…

    hey, they gonna miss the superbowl
    another 9er bites the dust!

  43. yondo123 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:22 PM

    Can’t wait for training camp/preseason games to be over with all these injuries.

  44. jamesundeee says: Aug 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    Shame to see so many injuries early on. It just goes to show, nothing that Rodger Goodell does can change the fact that football is a violent sport and injuries will occur.

  45. jfaoyx says: Aug 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    New season… no one is a favorite..

  46. dennisatunity says: Aug 1, 2013 11:25 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, we don’t want to see anybody injured from any team. It is after all, a game–just a game. Chris Culliver, all our best. Have a speedy recovery.

  47. isphet71 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:31 PM

    The 49ers sprained their Karma somehow.

  48. whysomanylosers says: Aug 1, 2013 11:33 PM

    It’s all about timing… now they can pick up the coveted Eric Wright.

  49. darkneptune73 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:33 PM

    The ACL makes another deadly appearance…

  50. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:34 PM

    Wow, the hits keep coming. As a Seahawk fan, I don’t like to see this. Sure, injuries are part of the game, but the rivalry games would be so much more fun if both teams were at full strength. Best wishes for a full recovery for Culliver. As well as Crabtree, Harvin, Willis, and whoever’s next…

  51. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:37 PM

    Now I do believe in the Super Bowl hangover. This is getting incredible.

  52. tampajoey2 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    Paging Mr Eric Wright… bet he passes the physical this time.

  53. riflemanlax says: Aug 1, 2013 11:42 PM

    Karma…

  54. jasonfinfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:42 PM

    Maybe its Karma, His team lost the superbowl after he said a gay teammate would not be welcome in the lockeroom.

  55. mrpeary3189 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:42 PM

    It’s slowly becoming a two-team race between the Cards and the Rams

  56. 15starr says: Aug 1, 2013 11:44 PM

    Never like to see this no matter who your favorite team is.

  57. spthegr8 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:45 PM

    When it Rains……..

  58. retsiemfoh says: Aug 1, 2013 11:45 PM

    And I thought my broncos had it bad…

  59. jiveturkeygobbler says: Aug 1, 2013 11:51 PM

    Patrick Willis will be fine. The running back depth is so deep and talented, the receiving situation hardly matters. Especially if you look at their offensive line. Anquan Boldin doesn’t need break away speed, he has a phenomenal ability to position himself correctly when the ball is in the air, and muscle it away from receivers. The front seven is so monstrous, intimidating, and fierce, that the secondary just has to be good, not great. Games are won in the trenches , and the Niners are top notch on both sides of the ball. I wouldn’t be too concerned.

  60. norcalmafia says: Aug 1, 2013 11:55 PM

    Haha..The only way this lose4 franchise went to one suoerbowl in37 years was by hiring a born and raised 49er fan and student of Bill Walsh..Mike Holmgren..What a bunch of losers always taking our scraps and living in our shadow..Theres a song that reminds me of the Seaclucks whole existence…eheemmm..Maestro. .anything you guys do we can do better! We always do everything better than you!

  61. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:18 AM

    doesn’t matter who gets hurt, as long as its not kaep.

  62. phinfan says: Aug 2, 2013 12:18 AM

    That road to the superbowl is getting rockier

  63. drock36 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:30 AM

    The Rams are now the official front runner.

  64. offthelows says: Aug 2, 2013 12:32 AM

    GLAAD’s not so favorite player goes down. Seahawks have an excess of CB’s, so I imagine they’ll try to get creative with trades at cut down to prevent them from going to the dark side so to speak. If injuries to both teams pile up, it could provide an opening to the Rams.

  65. gbpshareholder says: Aug 2, 2013 12:38 AM

    don’t worry 49er fans… Kap can win it all for you… Just keep believing and he may be #16… #someday!!!

  66. nflpoker says: Aug 2, 2013 12:38 AM

    Karma for the stuff he said before the SB and for the SF fans chirping about Harvin’s injury. Karma is a B.

  67. skinsfan91 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:48 AM

    Depth is such a huge part of being a good team.

  68. wgray981 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:52 AM

    Considering I root for the Browns and Cowboys…the more injuries on other teams, the better. Lord knows our starters won’t be good enough unless they’re facing second-stringers.
    Just kidding…I really do hate to see injuries like this :/

  69. ajas95 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:00 AM

    So wait– do the 49ers get Tarell Brown’s $2 million back as extra cap space?

    Because that’s an interesting dilemma– the prospect of using one DB’s lost paycheck to go sign another one.

  70. albinorhino49 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:02 AM

    Eric Wright line 1.

  71. ljansen05 says: Aug 2, 2013 1:25 AM

    aaroncurryisbust says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:57 PM
    Sweet karma for the legions of 49ers fans celebrating Percy Harvin’s injury

    I hate to break it to you, but I haven’t seen ANY 49′er fan or any other fan for that matter (outside of Vikings) cheer the Harvin injury. But I guess you’re just another one of the trolls that every fan of every franchise has to deal with.

    Ontopic: This one hurts bad, maybe even more than Crab. While Crab had great chemistry with Kaep last year, that role will be filled by Davis/Boldin until he comes back. I still feel our WR corps can be better than last year, especially when Crab returns.

    But Culliver, while playing a subpar SB, had a good year as well, and there are no adequate replacements available, in-house or on the market.

  72. revskip says: Aug 2, 2013 1:44 AM

    I heard Culliver doesn’t go for that sweet stuff. Unless it involves him crying about an injury. Pretty sure Esera Tuaolo didn’t cry when he got injured.

  73. quinntheskimo0910 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:03 AM

    Tough break for the kid. hope his rehab goes well and he’s back in 2014

  74. seatownballers says: Aug 2, 2013 2:22 AM

    Norcalmafia is right! Let’s continue to bash other franchises as the players are injured in practice. How smart. What a genius. I’m so funny.

  75. jfinn5 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:46 AM

    I have never celebrated an injury to a player from another team or my team. Get a life Seahawks fans.

  76. phelbin says: Aug 2, 2013 2:58 AM

    elliottcovert says:

    Training camps is turning out to be the most physical opponent the 49ers have faced yet.

    - – - – - – - – - – -

    Yup…the 49ers are facing the 49ers.

  77. vertskate900 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:16 AM

    Don’t PEDs and ACL injuries go hand in hand?

  78. crbuoy says: Aug 2, 2013 3:33 AM

    Get real NorCalbruisedpuss! See your boys on the field. Shut up!

  79. lagg1 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:54 AM

    Teams that win or participate in a SB the previous year do have an inordinate amount of injuries it seems. Obviously the wear and tear of 20 weeks or more of contact takes it toll. Personally, I think SF and Baltimore should have taken it slow and limit contact for the starters. SF is now looking smart for signing Namdi when they did.

  80. themackstrong says: Aug 2, 2013 3:55 AM

    jiveturkeygobbler says: Aug 1, 2013 11:51 PM

    Patrick Willis will be fine. The running back depth is so deep and talented, the receiving situation hardly matters. Especially if you look at their offensive line. Anquan Boldin doesn’t need break away speed, he has a phenomenal ability to position himself correctly when the ball is in the air, and muscle it away from receivers. The front seven is so monstrous, intimidating, and fierce, that the secondary just has to be good, not great. Games are won in the trenches , and the Niners are top notch on both sides of the ball. I wouldn’t be too concerned

    ——————————————

    You think a run game alone can take you to the Superbowl? Having a “scary”front seven with the only pass rush being Al. Smith and aging Justin Smith will cover up leaky secondary that lost a starting CB and All Pro safety? The Bucs last year were top notch in trenches (both sides) and look at their record. Can’t believe whiner fans believe even half of the stuff you write. Keep living in the 80′s, that was working much better for you guys.

  81. GenXJay says: Aug 2, 2013 5:29 AM

    Chris is going to get a different type of sensitivity training.

  82. jayhawk777 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:46 AM

    Hope your recovery is a quick and healthy one, Chris.

    I’m not here to troll but Seattle has 5 cb’s that are better than CC but wishes for a healthy recovery are needed.

    Sherman, Browner, Winfield, Thurmond and Lane re more accomplished or have better technique. Hard to get PT when Sherman and BB are there.

    Byron Maxwell is a solid Cb and could be available.

    Seriously, Baalke should’ve drafted Harbaughs boy, Sherman instead, but went Culliver over Richard.

    Not smart!

  83. coachbeck says: Aug 2, 2013 5:47 AM

    Wow bad luck … Rams and cardinals closing the gap on 9ers and hawks

  84. dirtybird28 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:53 AM

    Ravens had poor injury luck last year and they won it all. Anything can happen, especially when you have a team as deep as the 9ers.

  85. nickynick04 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:31 AM

    jiveturkeygobbler says: Aug 1, 2013 11:51 PM

    Patrick Willis will be fine. The running back depth is so deep and talented, the receiving situation hardly matters. Especially if you look at their offensive line. Anquan Boldin doesn’t need break away speed, he has a phenomenal ability to position himself correctly when the ball is in the air, and muscle it away from receivers. The front seven is so monstrous, intimidating, and fierce, that the secondary just has to be good, not great. Games are won in the trenches , and the Niners are top notch on both sides of the ball. I wouldn’t be too concerned.
    ……………………………………………………..

    Well ok then..
    No excuses….so when they do not win the Super Bowl I wont have to hear injuries

  86. rukkus1 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:40 AM

    The madden cover curse aint got nothin on the nfc west curse

  87. scoobies05 says: Aug 2, 2013 7:09 AM

    hang in there niner fans. hopefully our teams can overcome these injuries and have a superbowl rematch. good luck from a ravens fan

  88. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 2, 2013 8:27 AM

    Its about depth, good coaching, and qb play. Ravens had more injuries last year than almost anybody. And look at result.

  89. gbmickey says: Aug 2, 2013 8:28 AM

    The 49ers were very fortunate last year and had very few injuries. We will see how resiliant they are when the injury bug comes calling this year.

  90. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 2, 2013 8:39 AM

    the ACL & football just don’t mix ..you could start a whole new league just with guys coming off of ACL surgery ..the All Cripple League

  91. tombradyswig says: Aug 2, 2013 8:48 AM

    The curse of Nnamdi!!

  92. whatjusthapped says: Aug 2, 2013 9:02 AM

    Its called regression to the mean, teams that are relatively healthy one year might suffer a disproportionate rash of injuries the next. That’s why its so important to win the Superbowl that you make it to, the next year you might not be so lucky.

    Or in the case of the Vikings, you might not ever make it back to the Superbowl

  93. lionsdraftguy says: Aug 2, 2013 9:26 AM

    Yes!! Couldn’t have happened to a bigger bunch of losers.

  94. rukkus1 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:07 AM

    @ themackstrong…

    We root for the same team and possibly live in the same geographic area. Ive heard you drop some hardcore football science and you do have a high football IQ. You have a handle from one of the most high character players the Hawks have ever had, and one of the better players at his position in the history of football. Ive seen you put people in their place real nice on some threads where people were hatin on our team….

    … but dude you need to check the rivalry and trash talking at the door every now n then my brother. If jiveturkeygobbler has an opinion that is his right to say how he feels bro.

  95. themackstrong says: Aug 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    rukkus1 says:
    Aug 2, 2013 11:07 AM

    … but dude you need to check the rivalry and trash talking at the door every now n then my brother. If jiveturkeygobbler has an opinion that is his right to say how he feels bro.

    ——————————————-

    Without question you’re right each fan has a right to their opinion and most of what we say is all subjective anyway. Just something about 49er fans that bother me. No problem with almost any other team outside nonsensical logicalvoices or thegreatgabbert. Can’t a brother have some healthy hate in his life?

  96. rukkus1 says: Aug 3, 2013 1:44 AM

    Theres some 9er fans that get my motor revved up too… norcalmafia to be specific. Theres some people here in this community that lack decency for sure.

    You play fantasy football?

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