by: NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw suffered a rare injury when he tore his Achilles tendon in the first half of the Super Bowl against Kansas City on Sunday.
Greenlaw jumped up and down the sideline and then began running onto the field with some teammates when he collapsed holding his left leg. Then they helped him down in a car. The 49ers lost 25-22 in overtime.
Later, with 9:10 left in the third quarter, Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring. But San Francisco’s standout receiver was able to get out under his own power and quickly returned to the game.
Greenlaw started all 15 games he played this season and was the team’s second-leading tackler. He is in his fifth NFL season, all with San Francisco.
He was credited with three assists in this game before his injury.
Greenlaw had dealt with Achilles tendon issues recently, but he only missed those two regular season games, and one of them was the regular season finale, which he missed for reasons unrelated to injury.
Greenlaw was limited to three regular season games in 2021 due to a groin injury, but returned for that postseason. He has been a regular starter since he was a rookie.
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