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As the losses pile up, so do the injuries for the lowly 49ers. Safety Tony Parrish's streak of consecutive starts will come to an end Sunday at 121 regular-season games when the 49ers take the field to face the Seahawks at Monster Park without him.

Parrish, who has started every game since entering the league with the Bears in 1998, sustained two broken bones in his left lower leg in the first quarter of Sunday's 17-9 loss in Chicago.

"I've been blessed with a lot of health," Parrish said. "My consecutive streak started (at Soldier Field) as a rookie and it ended there."

Parrish had hoped to return at the end of this season after a six-week recovery period, but coach Mike Nolan decided instead Monday to place him on the team's injured reserve list, ending his season. Parrish sustained breaks to his left fibula and ankle during a first-quarter play on which 49ers linebacker Derek Smith stopped Bears running back Cedric Benson for no gain. Parrish said a few bodies fell on him in the pileup.

"My foot was planted and everything came down on top of me," he said. "I knew it (was broken). But I tried to get up and walk. I think I made it a couple feet."

Parrish's starting streak was the longest the NFL has seen from a defensive back since Herman Edwards started 135 straight games after entering the league in 1977 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Second-year player Keith Lewis took over for Parrish and played the rest of the way at strong safety. Lewis was credited with four tackles.

Parrish has been a leader of the San Francisco defense - not to mention one of its top playmakers - since he arrived as a free agent in 2002. He had led the 49ers in interceptions each of the past three seasons and led the team again this year before being hurt.

Parrish did not want to go on injured reserve, but the 49ers - with their eyes already on next season - saw no point in trying to rush him back just for the possibility of playing in one or two games. Still, Parrish's absence leaves a huge void in a defense that has been carrying the team during the past month, and it was not an easy decision to officially end his season.

"That's going to be a tough one," Nolan said of replacing Parrish in the lineup. "We're going to have to think about that long and hard to see what we can do as far as shoring up that position, because Tony's been a real strong force for us on the defensive side, particularly in the secondary where his experience has helped us a lot in an area on our football team where we don't have a lot anyway.

"We'll adjust as we have all this season. It's just one more piece of adversity we have to face. But so will be the case."


The 49ers failed to score a touchdown for the third consecutive game, and they surrendered Nathan Vasher's 108-yard return of a missed field goal in their unsightly loss to the Bears at wind-swept Soldier Field.

Quarterback Cody Pickett, making his second straight start, completed just one of 13 passing attempts for 28 yards and an interception. The one completion was the fewest in a game in team history, breaking the former record of three that had stood for 29 seasons.

The 49ers' offensive woes have been astounding. They have failed to score an offensive touchdown in six of their nine games. They have gone 39 possessions without a touchdown, and they have not thrown for more than 100 net yards in any of their last five games.


--- QB Alex Smith will return to the starting lineup whenever he gets healthy from a right knee sprain unless, Nolan said, the quarterback who played the previous week is hot. That does not look like an option for the 49ers, whose three quarterbacks have a combined passer rating of 24.7. Smith probably will not play Sunday against the Seahawks.

--- FB Fred Beasley left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a shoulder stinger. He exited the previous week because of pain from two torn thumb ligaments.

--- WR Brandon Lloyd had the 49ers' only reception against Chicago, a 28-yarder in the third quarter. But he appeared to hear footsteps on two passes that he failed to catch later in the game. On one pass near the goal line, Lloyd said Pickett threw early on a play in which Lloyd was supposed to fake a slant and then settle in the back of the end zone.

--- K Joe Nedney has made 10 field goals in 12 attempts since the 49ers' last touchdown, which came in the closing minutes of their 52-17 loss to the Redskins on Oct. 23.

--- CB Shawntae Spencer is tied for the team lead with two interceptions after picking off Bears QB Kyle Orton in the end zone. But Spencer also was called for a questionable pass-interference penalty in the game, helping to set up Chicago's only offensive touchdown.

--- C Jeremy Newberry sat out Sunday's game against the Bears to rest his ailing right knee. The 49ers hope Newberry will be able to play this week against the Seahawks.

--- OL Eric Heitmann started in place of Newberry at center against Chicago. Heitmann started the first eight games of the season at right guard.

--- RG Adam Snyder made his first NFL start Sunday, taking over for Heitmann, and appears to have established himself as the top backup along the line.

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