Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea

49ers bye-week grades: defense

While the offensive continues to try and figure what it's good at, the 49ers' defense continued to play well despite missing a number of key players. We took a look at each position and offered grades for their play through the season's first seven games.

Regional Positional Breakdowns Of The NFL

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In part four of his NFL roster series breakdown, National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg looks at which regions are putting which positions in the NFL.

Michael Crabtree

49ers pending free agent update

The 49ers have a number of key players entering free agency at the conclusion of the season. So what better time than the bye week to check in with those players and evaluate their chances at signing deals to remain in San Francisco?

NaVorro Bowman

49ers bye week checklist

The 49ers enter their much-needed bye week at 4-3, good for second place in the division. We go through a few key objectives for the bye week. Most notably, they have to get their injured players healthy while they prepare for an influx of key players off injured lists.

Marcus Martin

Martin will get first shot to replace Kilgore

As expected, 49ers center Daniel Kilgore will go on injured reserve after breaking his ankle in Sunday's 42-17 drubbing from the Broncos. Rookie center Marcus Martin, who is coming off an injury of his own, is the favorite to replace him in the starting lineup.

Daniel Kilgore

49ers center Kilgore suffers leg injury

The 49ers may have lost starting center Daniel Kilgore to a potentially serious lower-leg injury in Sunday night's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning and Aaron Lynch

49ers no match for Manning on historic night

The San Francisco 49ers lost to Broncos big Sunday night, 42-17, to fall to 4-3. Peyton Manning picked apart a defense missing a number of key players and secured the all-time touchdown pass record by throwing three in the first half. The banged up 49ers have their bye, which comes at a good time.

Aldon Smith

Report: Smith's suspension could be shortened

According to a report, outside linebacker Aldon Smith could have his nine-game suspension shortened.

Percy Harvin

49ers won't have to face Harvin

The Seahawks have reportedly traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick Friday in one of the more shocking midseason trades in recent memory.

Patrick Willis

Willis expects to return after bye week

The 49ers and Patrick Willis dodged another bullet with his toe injury, he said Friday. Included is the complete injury report for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.

DeMarcus Ware

Broncos defense provides 49ers a stiff test

Peyton Manning is typically the first player that comes to mind when thinking about the Denver Broncos. But the team's rebuilt defense has played very well in the early portion of 2014 and will provide the 49ers a tough test Sunday night.

NFL Week 7: Scores & Recaps

NFL Week 7: Scores & Recaps

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