The 49ers received a scare in Tuesday’s late afternoon practice when right guard Chilo Rachal fell victim to dehydration in the middle of one-on-one pass rushing drills.
Rachal remained on the ground for an extended period of time as the 49ers medical staff attended to the 6-foot-5, 323-pound lineman.
The third-year pro eventually sat up and was carted off the field, not before teammate Justin Smith gave him a thumbs up.
After practice, Mike Singletary addressed Rachal’s status to the media.
“He was dehydrated. He just had to go in and get some IVs.”
Singletary said when he arrived to check on Rachal’s condition, he could hear the lineman conversing with head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson.
Singletary also said it was too early to determine how soon Rachal would return.
“We will just continue to take it a step at a time. Like I said before, we’ll continue to talk to our trainers and our doctors and make sure everybody is where they need to be.”
For the players on the field, seeing a teammate on the ground became a sobering moment.
“Anytime a guy goes down, we’re going to rally together,” said Tony Wragge, who filled in for Rachal on the first team offensive line. “We’re family and that’s what Coach Singletary has done a great job of implementing in us. We care about each other. It doesn’t matter what position you play. We’re all one family.”
Wragge admitted it was difficult seeing his teammate and close friend on the ground, but understood that it was important to stay focused in practice while Rachal received treatment.
“I know as much of a competitor as Chilo is, he’d never want practice to go badly. He’d want us to succeed and play our best.”
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