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49ers DB Ward breaks forearm in loss to Bucs

Updated: 26-11-2018 03:41 IST

San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward broke his left forearm and likely will miss the rest of the season, coach Kyle Shanahan said after the 49ers' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.

The injury could spell the end of Ward's career with the 49ers. The fifth-year player is set to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, and it is uncertain whether San Francisco is willing to recommit to the talented but often-injured defender.

Ward also sustained a season-ending forearm fracture a year ago. He has battled additional injuries to his foot, shoulder and quadriceps during his career, along with at least one concussion.

"When you deal with injuries, they forget about you," Ward said in comments published by the San Jose Mercury News four days before his latest setback. "This league is about: What are you doing for me now?"

Ward, 27, has two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumble in 51 career games. He has one defensive touchdown.

Before his injury, the Northern Illinois alum told the Mercury News that he is not sure what his future holds.

"This is where I got drafted and where I'd like to stay," Ward said. "But at the same time there's a business side to this, too."

--Field Level Media

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