Trips to Seattle have been detrimental for the 49ers in recent years, not just on the scoreboard but in the training room.
That trend continued Sunday when two starters, cornerback Jimmie Ward and tight end Vance McDonald, left in the second quarter and did not return. Ward suffered a quadriceps injury while covering a kick return. He went to the ground without any contact and had to be helped to the sideline. Coach Chip Kelly did not have an update on his condition after the game.
McDonald, meanwhile, suffered a hip injury.
Ward was the 49ers’ first-round draft pick in 2014. During his rookie season, he aggravated a stress fracture in his foot and missed the second half of the year. That injury has seemed to be a nonfactor this year as he converted from safety to cornerback. Ward had a pass breakup in the first half.
Keith Reaser took over for Ward and finished with two tackles.
The 49ers have lost several players – including wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee), nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle), guard Mike Iupati (leg) and linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee) – to serious injuries in Seattle in recent years.
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey tore an ACL in Seattle last November but played Sunday, making one of the team’s two sacks on Russell Wilson.
Dorsey said he felt far better Sunday than he did a week ago against the Carolina Panthers in his season debut.
“It’s not the result we wanted as a team,” Dorsey said. “But getting a sack when the last time I was here I tore my ACL, it was a good feeling for me personally.”
Anthem protests – Several 49ers participated in the national anthem protest quarterback Colin Kaepernick began last month. Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Eli Harold knelt during the anthem. It was the first time Harold knelt this season.
Five 49ers raised their right fists during the ceremony: Antoine Bethea, Rashard Robinson, Jaquiski Tartt, Mike Davis and Reaser.
As in the first two games, the Seahawks’ players stood with arms linked. Cornerback Richard Sherman, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett spoke last week about the racial inequality issues that prompted Kaepernick to protest.
Kelly has supported Kaepernick’s stance, saying Thursday the quarterback should speak out against some of the “heinous” things happening in this country.
“I don’t know if he realizes how much that means,” Kaepernick said after Sunday’s game. “He was willing to take a strong stand and say, ‘These things aren’t right.’ That’s huge coming from a head coach.”
Et cetera – Nick Bellore and Michael Wilhoite relieved starters NaVorro Bowman and Gerald Hodges at inside linebacker in the fourth quarter. Bellore made his first career interception, picking off a pass by Seattle backup Trevone Boykin.
▪ Reid led the 49ers’ defense with 12 tackles and one quarterback hit, followed by rookie DeForest Buckner with eight tackles.
▪ Carlos Hyde had two rushing touchdowns for the third time in his career. Both, however, came in the fourth quarter after the 49ers trailed 37-3.
▪ At 1-2 including one loss within the NFC West, the 49ers are in last place. The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) are in first place by virtue of their Week 2 win over Seattle.