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49ers Star Dealing With 'Pretty Bad' Hamstring Injury

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The San Francisco 49ers defense may not be at full strength when they begin the 2022 season on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears. Kyle Shanahan announced this Monday morning that one of his defensive stars is dealing with a "pretty bad" hamstring injury. 

That player is none other than 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward, who just made the NFL Top 100 for the first time in his career, checking in at No. 96. The 31-year-old is dealing with a significant hamstring injury that may keep him out of the team's Week 1 season opener. 

Shanahan described it as a "pretty bad" injury and also revealed Ward's Week 1 status is in jeopardy. 

It’s a pretty bad hamstring injury … so we’ll see over the next couple of weeks how it plays out,” Shanahan said, via Pro Football Talk.

The 49ers, as a result, may look to add a few players to their defensive backfield. They'll need some help at the position if Ward misses extended time, which it sounds like he will. 

“We’ll see how it goes with the roster, we might move our nickels around a little bit just for some guys,” Shanahan said. “But hopefully we’ll get some more guys in here soon.”

The Niners begin the 2022 season on Sept. 11 vs. the Chicago Bears.