Santa Clara, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea left the team’s weekend preseason game against the Denver Broncos, suffering a concussion after a collision with rookie receiver Cody Latimer.
This was another huge blow for the 49ers defense, after already losing a number of key players.
Early in the game, Peyton Manning picked on the 49ers defense and when Bethea left, Manning went after Craig Dahl who replaced the 30-year-old.
Manning then teamed up with tight end Julius Thomas who executed a 17-yard touchdown.
The Broncos dominated the 49ers, 34-0.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and team personnel attended to Bethea after he went down.
The good sign is the safety was able to walk off the field on his own power.
According to Kevin Patra of the NFL, Bethea must go through a concussion protocol to have a clearance for games and practice.
He will also have time to recover before the 49ers open their regular season in three weeks.
The 49ers signed Bethea as a free agent coming from Indianapolis where he was a starter for the last six seasons.
San Francisco inked him under a four-year, $21 million contract in the offseason.
Bethea was a replacement for Donte Whitner who signed with the Cleveland Browns.
After the game, he provided an update for the fans through Twitter.
Bethea tweeted, “I’m doing well and I appreciate all of the concern!!”