49ers lose another defender in Ward for season

Nov 15, 2014 8:39 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers lost another key defender for the remainder of the season, placing rookie nickel cornerback and top draft pick Jimmie Ward on injured reserve Saturday with a foot injury.

It has been a tough week for the defense ahead of Sunday's road game against the New York Giants. Ward was hurt in last Sunday's overtime win at New Orleans, and it's the same foot that needed surgery in March for a Jones fracture.

Ward joins seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis on season-ending injured reserve. Willis' season was ended Tuesday, and the team announced he would need surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe. He was injured in the third quarter at St. Louis on Oct. 13.

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