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Williams, Reid Injured in Defeat

Posted Sep 15, 2013

The 49ers had two starters injured in Sunday night’s 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

SEATTLE – The 49ers had two starters injured in Sunday night’s 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It could be assumed that one will require a much longer recovery than the other.

The 49ers fear starting nose tackle Ian Williams suffered a broken left ankle in the first half of Sunday’s physical encounter with the Seahawks. On a first-half run play, Seahawks right guard J.R. Sweezy cut into Williams’ leg.

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“It looked like he was engaged,” Jim Harbaugh said of his starting nose tackle. “The backside guard cut him.”

Players in the 49ers locker room were not happy with the block. Williams limped off the field and did not return the game. Later in the first half, rookie free safety Eric Reid provided a jarring open-field tackle on wide receiver Sidney Rice, but the No. 18 overall pick suffered a concussion.

“He couldn’t remember the play,” the 49ers coach said of Reid, who was seen on the television monitors telling the 49ers training staff he was “O.K.”

Earlier, Reid recorded his second interception in as many games.

Like Williams, Reid did not return to the game. In their place, Glenn Dorsey and Craig Dahl, respectively, joined the first-team defense. Dahl’s biggest play came in the first quarter when he recorded his first career blocked punt. What seemed like a momentum-swinging play led to no points. The 49ers were intercepted in the red zone, the first of many execution errors on the night.

Soon after Williams’ injury, Dorsey recorded his first sack with the 49ers while handling nose tackle responsibilities.

“It was just a play where I happened to be in the right place,” Dorsey, a free agent acquisition, said after San Francisco’s lopsided defeat. “It was a good effort on that play by our defense, it worked out where I was able to bring the quarterback down.”

The 49ers defense played hard throughout unique circumstances. As the offensive unit made execution mistakes and turned the ball over four times, the defense played hard. In total, the unit was on the field for 36-plus minutes on the night.

The heavy playing time led to second-half breakdowns.

“Very pleased with the way our defense played,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t get enough first downs or put points on the board.”

NaVorro Bowman led the 49ers with 11 tackles. Aldon Smith added two sacks to give himself 3.5 on the year. Ahmad Brooks also had a solid game in run support with nine tackles, two of which were behind the line of scrimmage.

The starting outside linebackers, however, hurt the 49ers with penalties in the second half on back-to-back Seahawks scoring drives. Brooks was flagged for a late-hit on Russell Wilson; Smith was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he retaliated by pushing a Seahawks lineman.

Seattle took a 22-3 lead late in the game and added one more Marshawn Lynch 2-yard rushing touchdown after Colin Kaepernick’s third interception and fourth turnover of the game. The 49ers quarterback also fumbled the ball when he was stripped from behind.

Dorsey played the bulk of the game at nose tackle and finished the night with five tackles. Although he saw his most extensive playing time with the 49ers and held the point of attack on a 4th-and-1 stop at midfield, the performance will quickly be put aside.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and we kept on swinging,” Dorsey said. “That’s the only thing we know how to do.”

Harbaugh echoed those sentiments and placed the emphasis on moving on from the defeat.

“We got to bounce back,” the 49ers coach said. “We got to bounce back in a big way.”

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