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NFC West Standings

Team Div Overall
3-0-0 8-3-0
1-3-0 6-6-0
4-1-0 5-6-0
0-4-0 2-10-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 51 3 0 0 0.0

Top Talanoa Hufanga News

  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Placed on IR

    Hufanga (knee) was placed on the injured reserve list by the 49ers on Tuesday.

    Hufanga suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Buccaneers, so the move to IR comes as no surprise. The talented safety will now shift his focus to a return during the 2024 campaign, and in the meantime, Ji'Ayir Brown will take over in San Francisco's secondary.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Initial diagnosis confirmed

    San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Monday that Hufanga suffered a season-ending ACL tear to his right knee in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Buccaneers, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.

    Shanahan had already said after the game Sunday that Hufanga had likely suffered a torn ACL, and follow-up tests on the safety's knee quickly confirmed as much. The loss of Hufanga is a devastating one for the San Francisco defense, as the 23-year-old has emerged as one of the NFL's premier safeties in his third season in the league. Over 10 appearances this season, Hufanga tallied 52 tackles and three interceptions.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Likely has torn ACL

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's 27-14 win over the Buccaneers that Hufanga (knee) "most likely" has a torn ACL, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

    Hufanga exited Sunday's matchup with a knee injury and left the locker room on crutches with a brace on his right knee. While he'll undergo further testing Monday to confirm his diagnosis, he'll likely be forced to miss the remainder of the season. Assuming his diagnosis is confirmed, George Odum and Ji'Ayir Brown are candidates to see increased playing time in the secondary.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Carted off, done for day

    Hufanga (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Lindsey Pallares of the 49ers' official site reports.

    Hufanga suffered a knee injury and was carted off the field in the third quarter, bringing his day to an end. In his absence, George Odum will be thrust into a significant role in San Francisco's secondary.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Gets interception at Jacksonville

    Hufanga recorded eight tackles (five solo) and an interception in Sunday's 34-3 win at the Jaguars.

    In the middle of the third quarter, Hufanga was in the right place at the right time for his third pick of the year after Tank Bigsby tipped up an errant third-down pass. Hufanga also tallied seven-plus tackles for the fourth time in as many games in Week 10. He's a noteworthy blip on the IDP radar heading into a Week 11 matchup versus the Buccaneers.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Season-high tackles in win

    Hufanga had 10 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Bengals.

    Hufanga was in a three-way tie for most tackles on the day with Isaiah Oliver and Fred Warner. It was the first time Hufanga reached double-digit tackles this year and was the first time he's done so since Week 1 of the 2022 season. He's played in 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps in each of the last three games.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Two INTs through three games

    Hufanga had one solo tackle and and an interception in Thursday's 30-12 win over the Giants.

    The 49ers dominated time of possession against the overmatched Giants, so nobody on San Francisco's defense compiled more than five tackles. Hufanga has only 11 tackles (eight solo) through three games after racking up 97 tackles (66 solo) in his breakout 2022 season, but the 23-year-old safety is already halfway to last season's total of four interceptions. He picked off Daniel Jones on a tipped ball in the fourth quarter and notched eight yards on the return.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Records pick in season opener

    Hufanga notched five solo tackles, an interception and a pass defended in a 30-7 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

    Hufanga's pick came early in the fourth quarter and ultimately led to the game's final score, a field goal that made it 30-7. Next up for the USC product and San Francisco is the Rams on Sunday.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Cleared to play Week 1

    Hufanga (knee/personal) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Steelers, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Hufanga was limited with a knee issue Wednesday and missed Thursday's session to tend to a personal matter. He's now good to go against Pittsburgh after being named a first-team All-Pro last season, his first as a starter. During that campaign, Hufanga registered 97 tackles, nine pass breakups, four interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Dealing with personal matter

    Hufanga, who has also been dealing with a knee injury, did not practice Thursday due to a personal matter, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    The update does little to provide any clarity regarding Hufanga's status for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, which is up in the air. Whether or not he's able to practice in full Friday should help provide a clearer picture of his Week 1 health.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Limited practice Wednesday

    Hufanga (knee) was a limited participant at the 49ers' practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    Hufanga is dealing with a cyst in his knee, but considering he opened the week as an active participant, it's very likely that he plays Sunday versus the Steelers. The safety is coming off a breakout 2022 campaign where he recorded 97 tackles, nine pass deflections and four interceptions.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Back practicing

    Hufanga (knee) was a full participant at practice Monday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

    The third-year safety had been working through a cyst in his knee, but it looks like he should be ready to go for the Week 1 matchup against the Steelers. After notching 97 tackles in 2022, Hufanga will be relied on as a key contributor on a defense once again projected to be among the league's top all-around units.

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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Absent from practice

    Hufanga (knee) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Hufanga is currently sidelined with a cyst in his knee, but he is not expected to be out of action for too long. He underwent PRP treatment on the issue, which was expected to expedite the process. The third-year safety is viewed as an important playmaker for the 49ers this season. Expect more clarity on his status to be gained ahead of Week 1 once the team provides its initial injury report next week.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Corvallis, OR
Age: 23
School: USC
Experience: 3