Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver (29) reacts after he cannot make a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers lose Chris Culliver for season with torn ACL


The San Francisco 49ers received some bad news for their defensive backfield on Thursday after an MRI revealed that cornerback Chris Culliver has been lost for the season with a torn ACL. That is never what you want to see for anyone at this point in the season, especially when that team is looking to make a return to the Super Bowl.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network passed along the news:

The injury occurred during practice when Culliver got tied up with seventh-round CB Marcus Cooper and eventually went down with the torn ACL.

Culliver was slated as the team’s No. 3 cornerback, but now Nnamdi Asomugha sits in the driver’s seat with Tramaine Brock providing some competition.

While the loss of Culliver hurts the defensive backfield, his presence will also be missed on the special teams unit.

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