Handicapped by injuries and dropping below .500 in the first time under the new regime was a wake up call for the defending conference champions, which managed to turn things around in a big way. The 49ers are currently riding a four-game win streak, heading into Week 8 against a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team before they enter the bye.
The team has also overcome the most challenging block of their schedule. After facing four playoff teams in the first five weeks of the season, the Niners' remaining opponents have a cumulative record of 24-34 this year (.410 winning percentage).
So they are very much in a position to keep winning.
But perhaps the most intriguing of all the variables out there—all the things that are going their way—is the fact that this team is about to receive a wave of reinforcements. The incoming talent is no joke, and from a positional standpoint, the 49ers will be receiving help all over the field.
It may alter the trajectory of this team, rocketing them in the second half of the season and potentially into a dominant postseason run.
In this piece, we will discuss the forthcoming roles and impact of expected players, while also loosely gauging a timeline for return based recent information from the team and local beat. Mind you, given the ambiguous nature of each individual return, these projected dates are nothing more than educated guesses.
The 49ers have a slew of directions they can go in for each one, which includes injure reserving the player for the remainder of the year if they are not ready to be activated in the allotted 21 days after they begin practicing. And for some, if they are activated, it does not necessarily mean they will be involved on Sunday.
Furthermore, with the activation of six key players to the 53-man roster, certain others will inevitably be let go. That being the case, we will also delve into some rough projections of players that will likely be waived/injured when the following players are called up from their respective injury lists.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the cavalry coming to San Francisco's aid for the second half of the 2013 season.
Special thanks to Bleacher Report’s Lead Writer for Sports Medicine, Will Carroll, for providing the latest medical analysis on the 49ers. Statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference, unless specified otherwise.