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49ers news: Why Dre Greenlaw took emotional energy from the Niners

The San Francisco 49ers lost the heart and soul of their defense in Super Bowl LVIII, as Dre Greenlaw suffered a non-contact Achilles injury.



Greenlaw made three early tackles and was the enforcer he had always been throughout the season. Then the most devastating injury of the season occurred. Replacing his injury – and his skills – is impossible. That’s not why the 49ers failed, but the emotions of losing one of your best players can’t go unnoticed.

Nick Bosa spoke about the challenges of continuing to be enthusiastic without Greenlaw:

“It was tough. Sometimes when things like that happen, it can disrupt momentum just because it’s a very emotional feeling. But I think we did a good job of continuing to play the way we were playing. And Dre is a unique human being. He did so much this year. And I think 99 percent of the players wouldn’t have been able to do what he did. And he put his body on the line for this, and it’s a shame we can’t get him one.

Here is Arik Armstead:

“Dre is obviously an incredible player. He’s one of the best players on our team and one of the best linebackers in the NFL, so he’s our enforcer and our tone setter. Not having it is a huge loss. I’m proud of the way the guys progressed. Flannigan-Fowles and Oren Burks both stepped up. I think they played extremely well in his absence, but obviously Dre is an incredible player. »

Fred Warner has a special connection with Greenlaw. He was emotional at half-time: “My stomach hurts. I am always sick. I see him at halftime and I’m crying because I’m so hurt for him and I obviously want to win for him and… sickening.

Recovery times vary depending on the athlete. If the injury is treated properly and there are no setbacks, Greenlaw can return to normal activities in four to six months. There is a risk of recurrent rupture and the returning athlete may have reduced strength and endurance up to 30% compared to uninjured players.

We can cite as an example three recent Achilles, all ball carriers. Then, running back Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears, James Robinson of the New York Giants and Justice Hill of the Baltimore Ravens all suffered a torn Achilles.

Hill missed the first half of the following season, and now that he has a full injury-free season, he still has his athleticism. Again, it depends on the athlete. Dre is one of the best, so maybe he’ll bounce back and not lose a step.

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