It was a much needed bye week for the 49ers with several of the players rehabbing injuries. A few players took the opportunity to visit family, their alma maters and/or just get away for some R&R.
Vance McDonald headed to nearby Lake Tahoe for a beautiful change of scenery. IG vancemcdonald89
Carlos Hyde returned to Ohio State, Urban Meyer tweeted that it was good to have him back @elguapo
Michael Wilhoite returned to Washburn University and attended practice. @MichaelWilhoite
Bruce Ellington returned to Moncks Corner, SC @_Elling10
Chris Culliver spent time in the big apple, NYC @Cullyinthehouse
Anquan Boldin stayed in the bay area and even asked his twitter followers if they had suggestions on where to watch the World Series @AnquanBoldin
Ian Williams returned home to visit family.
"Enjoyed the much needed bye week by going home to see family! Blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. Can't wait to get back to work tomorrow on finishing this season strong #questforsix"
Bruce Miller returned to Orlando for UCF's homecoming with his lovely lady Leanne Massey. The Knights enjoyed a 34-14 victory over Temple.
Eric Reid celebrated an early Halloween with his family.
Stevie johnson stayed in the Bay and enjoyed some of the traditional fare at Fisherman's Wharf while also staying on top of all of the World Series action. #SFUnite
Nick Moody returned to Florida, spent some time with his adorable daughter Elena and ate some pretty tasty BBQ.
Kaepernick spent some time at his favorite charity Camp Taylor. They even had an early birthday celebration for him. His actual bday is 11/3.
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No one on the 49ers team or staff made any excuses that injuries were a part of the loss to the Denver Broncos but even Peyton Manning acknowledged that they were a factor. Manning after the game: "They have some injuries that I think put some pressure on their defense and we were able to take advantage of that."
The resounding theme amongst Harbaugh and the players was the 'Next Man Up' mantra regarding how "Players need to be ready whenever their number is called," Antoine Bethea
Patrick Willis: "It's been a season of injury but we make no excuses. When one man goes down it's another man's opportunity to step up. Our guys have done a great job at that."
Vernon Davis: "It's been tough for us but we can't blame it on the injuries. We still have to play. We have guys that can back certain guys up and we believe in them."
Eric Reid on what the game would have been the outcome with all of the starters playing: "That's something we can't worry about. It's a hypothetical situation that isn't real right now. No matter what the situation is, we got to go out there and play."
I think Ahmad Brooks summed it up the best saying about the injuries "It probably caught up with us today. We have a lot of key guys out."
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It was a questionable start for the Niners letting the Rams get a 14 point jump on them in the first quarter. 24 unanswered points and a pick six for rookie Dontae Johsnon sealed the win. Unfortunately for the 49ers, this win came at a cost.
Patrick Willis left the game with a toe injury due to the turf and was seen later on the sidelines in a walking boot. More will be known once the team returns to the bay area.
Jimmie Ward injured his quad.
Mike Iupati left the game with a concussion.
Stevie Johnson took a direct hit by a knee to his hip and left the game but per the 49ers twitter account, it isn't serious.
The Niners are already without key players: Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Anthony Davis and Tramaine Brock so the Next Man Up motto has already been in full effect. Expect to see much more from Dontae Johnson and Chris Borland this Sunday when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos.