Rumph could be out for season

To add injuries to insult, the Niners had 13 players suffer injuries during Sunday's 24-14 loss to St. Louis, including eight of the team's 11 defensive starters. Cornerback Mike Rumph was the worst with a fractured right forearm that will require surgery and could force him to miss the remainder of the season.

Rumph said after the game that he will have surgery at some point in the coming week. Broken arms usually take at least two months to heal, which means Rumph likely will miss the rest of the season, though coach Dennis Erickson said after Sunday's game that it was too early to put a timetable on the injury.

Defensive end John Engelberger (right abdominal sprain), linebacker Derek Smith (right lower leg) and receiver/kick returner Arnaz Battle (left thigh contusion) all are listed as questionable for next week's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The other 49ers injured against the Rams - the extent of their injuries will be better known on Monday - are defensive end Brandon Whiting (left thumb sprain), linebacker Jeff Ulbrich (left hamstring strain), safety Ronnie Heard (right ankle and thumb strain), cornerback Ahmed Plummer (right knee contusion), defensive tackle Bryant Young (right shoulder sprain), guard Justin Smiley (right knee contusion), running back Jamal Robertson (right ankle sprain), center Brock Gutierrez (left ankle sprain) and running back Kevan Barlow (left shoulder sprain).

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