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49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw heads to locker room after fluke Achilles tendon injury at Super Bowl

49ers fans stunned by team's OT loss to Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII
49ers fans stunned by team's OT loss to Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII 11:17

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw was taken from the field in a golf cart after sustaining a fluke non-contact injury as he started to run onto the field in the second quarter of Super Bowl LVIII.

Video taken from behind the 49ers' sideline showed Greenlaw bouncing in place before heading onto the field after a San Francisco punt. After taking a step or two, he collapsed onto the field in obvious pain.

The 49ers later announced that Greenlaw's injury was to his Achilles tendon. Greenlaw already had made an impact in the Super Bowl, managing three tackles before he was forced to leave the game.  

The injury is a major blow to the San Francisco defense, with Greenlaw and Fred Warner making up one of the most fearsome linebacker combinations in the NFL. He will be replaced by Oren Burks and/or Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles. 

The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in a heartbreaking overtime Super Bowl thriller Sunday night, 25-22.

The back-and-forth defensive battle found the two teams tied at 19 at the end of regulation after late field goals. The 49ers were forced to settle for a field goal in their first OT possession, giving the Chiefs the chance to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champion in two decades. 

More information on Super Bowl LVIII is available on live blogs being updated throughout the game at both CBS News and CBS Sports.  

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