Injury was added to insult in the third quarter Sunday when five 49ers defenders went to the ground and had to be helped off the field.
Three – defensive end Arik Armstead (shoulder), cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) – did not return to the game. The other two, inside linebackers Gerald Hodges and Nick Bellore, suffered shoulder injuries but were back on the field for the fourth quarter.
Armstead aggravated the left shoulder that’s been bothering him since training camp and said he did not attempt to return to the contest. He also said he didn’t know whether he did further damage to the shoulder.
Tony Jerod-Eddie filled in at his position. Armstead shared a sack with Ahmad Brooks early in the game. They lead the team this season with 2 1/2 sacks each.
Lynch, meanwhile, suffered a high-ankle sprain when an opponent fell into the side of his leg while his foot was planted in the turf. He had a plastic walking boot on his left leg after the game and was scheduled to have an MRI. Eli Harold replaced him for the remainder of the contest.
Robinson suffered a concussion last week and now is dealing with a left knee injury. Jimmie Ward, who was coming back from a quadriceps injury, filled in at cornerback.
The 49ers have a bye this coming week. Their next game, Nov. 6, is at home against the New Orleans Saints.
Torrey Smith ailing – Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had his biggest game of the season last week against Buffalo, caught a 17-yard pass on the 49ers’ opening drive but was shut out for the rest of the game.
Smith landed on the team’s injury report during the week because of a lower-back issue and did not appear to be at full strength during warmups. He was on the sideline for brief stretches of the contest.
Smith dealt with a back injury late last season but did not miss any games.
No Dorsey – Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey missed his second game in the past three weeks as he continues to come back from last year’s ACL injury.
Dorsey, by far the most senior member of the team’s embattled defensive line, participated fully in Wednesday’s practice. But he was limited on Thursday and Friday and was deemed questionable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Because of the 49ers’ bye, Dorsey will have 14 days before the team’s next contest.
Kiss of support – Before the national anthem, team owner Denise DeBartolo-York greeted Colin Kaepernick with a kiss and a handshake. Kaepernick then dropped to a knee, as he’s done all season, when the anthem began.
“She’s a great woman,” Kaepernick said when asked about the encounter. “I’ve always had a good relationship with her. And to have her support, her backing, really means a lot.”
Both Kaepernick and the 49ers have pledged $1 million to address racial inequality in this country, the issue that has prompted Kaepernick to protest the anthem. Kaepernick, who last week wore a T-shirt with Muhammad Ali on it after the game, on Sunday wore one depicting the Black Panther Party.
Et cetera – The 49ers had their fourth different inside linebacker tandem of the season Sunday when Hodges and Bellore started. Hodges, who hadn’t started since Week 3, intercepted a batted pass in the first quarter and returned it 21 yards.
▪ Kaepernick led the 49ers in rushing yards for the second straight game. He finished with 84.
▪ The 49ers had only one play of 20 yards or more, a 24-yard pass from Kaepernick to Vance McDonald in the first quarter. The Buccaneers had seven such plays.