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San Francisco 49ers: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of the Preseason
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Colin Kaepernick will lead the 49ers into the regular season.

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 21-7, for their first win of the preseason. 

This being the third exhibition game on the schedule, the starters typically play more. With the 49ers playing again on Thursday, we can expect only a cameo appearance from many on the first unit.

Watching the substitution patterns in this third game gives you a very good idea of how the 49er coaches view their reserves and who is likely to contribute this season. It also tells you who is not likely to make the 53-man roster.

Perhaps the most important thing is that key starters were able to get through this game with no major injuries.

Backup fullback Will Tukuafu suffered a concussion, offensive lineman Marcus Martin sustained a knee injury and safety Bubba Ventrone injured his hamstring.

The most significant injury was Martin's. He was behind Daniel Kilgore in the competition for the starting center job, but he figured to be a valuable reserve. We will know more about the full extent of Martin's injury in a couple days.

Let's take a closer look at some of the things we learned through this, the third week of the preseason.



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