SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Bruce Ellington scored his second and third touchdowns of his young career Saturday, but was forced out of the game with a hamstring injury. But he wasn't the only one.
Second-year safety Eric Reid, who went to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, left Saturday's 38-35 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers in the first half with a concussion, his third since joining the league. His status for the team's final game next week is up in the air.
Reid's replacement, Craig Dahl, was consistently getting picked on by Philip Rivers, who threw for four touchdowns and 356 yards in the comeback win, including two touchdown passes to tight end Antonio Gates.
Ellington, who became the first 49ers rookie to score both a receiving a rushing touchdown in the same game since Amp Lee in 1992, said after the game he expects his hamstring to be fine for next week's season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fellow receiver Michael Crabtree practiced sparingly during the week with a knee injury and did not see much action, save for a five-yard reception in overtime. He started the game and left, but was forced back into the game after reserve Brandon Lloyd left with a groin injury. San Francisco came into the game without third wideout Stevie Johnson, who has a lingering knee issue.
“Yeah, he didn’t practice a lot all week," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Tried to go on it and wasn’t playing early in the game and then Brandon Lloyd went down and so did Bruce Ellington, so, came back in the game.”
Second-year wideout Quinton Patton saw extended playing time for the first time all season, making two catches on six targets for nine yards. But his biggest play of the game was when he fumbled a 20-yard run in overtime that led to the Chargers' game-winning field goal.
Aldon Smith was tested for a head injury in the second half, but returned to the game late. Smith has not registered a sack since Nov. 23 against Washington when he had two. The 49ers sacked Philip Rivers just once Saturday.
Special teamer Bubba Ventrone left the game after aggravating his groin injury he's been dealing with for a few weeks and did not return. Mike Iupati banged into Alex Boone when Colin Kaepernick was sacked and fumbled in the third quarter, allowing the Chargers a defensive touchdown. Iupati had his left ankle taped and returned to the game on San Francisco's next possession.
Second-year linebacker Nick Moody had the difficult task of replacing Chris Borland, who was placed on injured reserve (ankle) earlier Saturday afternoon. Moody finished third on the team with seven tackles, behind Antoine Bethea (7, who also scored his first career touchdown with a 49-yard pick six in the second quarter) and Michael Wilhoite (9).