49ers Hufanga is ‘everybody’s favorite’; Kittle debut nears; Armstead still out

San Francisco 49ers’ Talanoa Hufanga reacts after intercepting a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SANTA CLARA — Safety Talanoa Hufanga’s early-season impact on the 49ers’ defense is obvious.

“He’s probably everybody’s favorite player, just because of the plays he’s making,” defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans said Thursday. “He’s definitely a spark of energy for our entire team, the way he’s played the last two weeks.”

Hufanga’s two-game start to his second season goes beyond his statistics, as impressive as they are: a team-leading 17 tackles

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