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San Francisco 49ers Chris Culliver’s Injury Ends Season Before It Began

San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Culliver was overcome by pain and shed tears after he sustained a left-knee injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament, in a practice session with his team on Thursday.

Culliver’s third season finished before it began after an MRI at Stanford Hospital confirmed a torn ACL. He will be placed on the injured-reserve list.

Culliver is not the only player to suffer injuries. Linebacker Patrick Willis fractured his right hand and wide receiver Michael Crabtree tore his right Achilles, league sources confirmed.

“There’ve been some nicks and we try to dodge bullets,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Sometimes you don’t dodge them all. What it means now is guys are getting an opportunity to show what they can do.”

Culliver was unavailable for comment and he hasn’t granted any interview requests this training camp.

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