NFL injury piling up: Doug Martin, Sam Bradford among 49ers opponents on the shelf

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We take a look at some notable injuries around the NFL, and what they mean for the 49ers upcoming schedule. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Injuries happen all the time, but Week 7 felt especially ugly. There are reports of several season-ending injuries, including WR Reggie Wayne, LB Brian Cushing, RB Doug Martin and QB Sam Bradford. The first two are past opponents, but Martin and Bradford are of note given the 49ers upcoming slate of games.

The 49ers will face the St. Louis Rams on December 1. Bradford had shown some signs at this season, but the Rams have been incredibly inconsistent. Kellen Clemens is the Rams current backup QB, but I have to imagine the team will see what is on the market. Tim Tebow was quickly connected to them, but numerous reports have shot that one down.

The Rams grabbed a pair of wins over the Jaguars and Texans, but then dropped a 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Clemens is a big time question mark, but maybe they can figure something out with that group. They already made the wise move to switch to Zac Stacy at running back. While I don't think that Clemens can unseat Bradford from a talent perspective, Bradford is owed $14 million in base salary next season. That either gets re-worked or he gets cut. And with some serious draft choices in the 2014 NFL Draft, maybe they part ways with BRadford.

The 49ers will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 15. Losing Doug Martin is a slightly bigger deal for the Bucs. Their season has been a train wreck, but he is still the most talented player on that team. Brian Leonard is their primary backup, and Mike James will probably also get some work. The Bucs have fallen apart, and I have to think the odds of Greg Schiano still coaching down there come Week 15 are pretty slim.

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