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Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks out for rest of season with torn ACL

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that strongside linebacker Mychal Kendrick tore his ACL in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and will miss the playoffs.

Kendricks suffered the knee injury in the third quarter of the game. He came up gimpy after a blown coverage on Niners fullback Kyle Juszczyk down field, which ended in a 49-yard gain and eventually led to a San Francisco touchdown drive.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that Seattle believed Kendricks had a torn ACL, even before his MRI results came in.

“Mychal looks like he’ll need surgery,” Carroll told reporters. “He’s going to be out for a while.” Losing the eighth-year linebacker is a huge blow for the Seahawks’ defense as it gears up for the postseason.

The team already has little margin for error on that side of the ball — with the blown coverages and breakdowns that seem to happen a handful of times each game for Seattle’s D. Losing Kendricks doesn’t help that cause.

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The former Cal standout played a critical role in the Seahawks’ heavy dependence on 4-3 base defense this campaign.

He was one of the team’s more athletic players, and Carroll was confident in his coverage skills — indicative in the fact that he’s frequently kept on the field for passing downs over nickelback options.

Kendricks finished the regular season fourth on the team with 71 tackles and tied for third with three sacks.

With Kendricks out of the picture for January (and potentially February), rookie third-round pick Cody Barton is the starter at SAM backer moving forward. The Seahawks could also look to employ more sub packages on third down.

Kendricks is the fourth Seahawk in the last four weeks to suffer season-ending injuries. Running backs Chris Carson (hip fracture) and C.J. Prosise (broken arm) were lost for the year in Week 16 versus the Arizona Cardinals, while tailback Rashaad Penny (ACL) got hurt vs. the Rams on Dec. 8.

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49ers C Weston Richburg out for year

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a big blow on Sunday when center Weston Richburg left in the third quarter of their victory over the New Orleans Saints with a leg injury.

Test results on Monday confirmed bad news. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Richburg suffered a torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

The 49ers are also looking at key defensive players missing time for the stretch run of the season.

While it sounds like Sherman and Ford could be back for the playoffs — especially if the 49ers earn a first-round bye — losing Richburg is a setback for the league’s fourth-ranked offense and second-ranked running game. But a bye is no guarantee with games versus the Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and a key Week 17 clash with the Seattle Seahawks that could determine the NFC West champion remaining.

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Richburgh, meanwhile, will need surgery and rehab before he returns.

A six-year NFL veteran, Richburg has anchored San Francisco’s interior line for two seasons.

Ben Garland finished Sunday’s game in place of Richburg and is expected to take over at center in his place.

Garland took first-team reps during training camp as Richburg recovered from offseason surgery. He drew positive reviews from his teammates on Sunday, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers had 339 total yards to the Saints’ 265 at the time of Richburg’s injury, but they trailed 30-28. 

Center Weston Richburg was carted off the field with an injury to his right knee and ankle. Richburg’s right leg got caught on guard Mike Person’s left leg, causing the center’s leg to awkwardly bend as he went to the ground.  The 49ers signed Richburg to a five-year contract in March 2018. 

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