The 49ers will take all the help they can get right now, including from their opponent. It looks like that might be the case this Sunday, too.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafalo reported Wednesday morning that Chicago Bears star edge rusher Khalil Mack isn't expected to play Sunday against the 49ers at Soldier Field.
Shortly after the report, Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters that no official decision has been made and that "we are working through everything with Khalil."
While ailing, Mack has six sacks through seven games this season. He also has 19 tackles -- six for loss -- and seven QB hits.
Mack is a three-time All-Pro and has made the Pro Bowl in six straight seasons.
The 49ers have lost four straight games after winning their first two to open the season. As they look to get back on track, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to remain San Francisco's starter against the Bears. In the 49ers' Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Garoppolo completed just 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 181 yards, one touchdown and was intercepted twice.
On the year, he's completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,106 yards and six TDs and has been intercepted four times.
Even if Mack misses Sunday's game, Garoppolo and the rest of the 49ers will have to step their game up.