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'Hope' is Marcus Martin 'only' has dislocated knee cap, per Eric Branch

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The 49ers are awaiting word on Marcus Martin's MRI. For now, the hope is he only suffered a dislocated knee cap. We take a look at what this means.

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Eric Branch is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are hopeful that Marcus Martin "only" suffered a dislocated knee cap. The word "only" is used because the alternative includes torn knee ligaments.

The recovery time will depend on whether or not it is a partial or full dislocation, and whether or not there is any additional ligament damage. We'll have some thoughts from socalisteph on this, but in the meantime, I did find this article discussing partial dislocations. If it ends up being a partial dislocation, an orthopedic surgeon said recovery time can be 4-6 weeks. If it's a full dislocation, it would seemingly be longer, and if there is ligament damage, it would be even longer.

Martin suffered the injury at the 11:32 mark of the fourth quarter while playing center. He went down and was in visible pain. Eventually he was carted off, and the general word was it was a knee injury. Following the game, Martin tweeted this out:

Jim Harbaugh is meeting with the media at 2:45 p.m. PT. I don't expect many details, but the MRI could be done at that point. We'll see if we get anything specific from Coach Harbaugh.