SANTA CLARA – The biggest lingering worry from the 49ers’ 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos was the condition of veteran safety Antoine Bethea, who sustained a concussion in the second quarter.
Bethea gave an update to his fans via his Twitter account:
I'm doing well and I appreciate all of the concern!!— Antoine Bethea (@ABethea24) August 18, 2014
Bethea lined up 14 yards off the line of scrimmage and came crashing up the field in run support on a handoff to Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. Bethea did not see Denver receiver Cody Latimer, who lined up wide to the right and knocked Bethea down with a high block. Bethea remained on the ground for several minutes as the team’s medical staff evaluated him.
Bethea has started 96 consecutive regular-season games – the most in the NFL by any active safety. He will have to pass the league’s protocol on concussions before returning to practice and games.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said he did not know the level of Bethea’s concussion. While his availability for the final two exhibition games is in question, Bethea is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener on Sept. 7 at the Dallas Cowboys.