Report: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL

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.

96 responses to “Report: 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL

  1. 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?

  2. .

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

    .

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. Feel bad for the kid.

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

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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 :/

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

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    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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. @ 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.

  35. 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.

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    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?

  36. 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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