An injury to starting right cornerback Walt Harris that was called “nothing major” by the 49ers is now something major. Harris tore his ACL in his right knee while covering wide receiver Dominic Zeigler in practice on Tuesday. Harris may not be out for the season as he could be fully recovered at some point in the 2009 season but given Harris’ age, 34, and the seriousness of the injury he is most likely done for the season. The 49ers are now in trouble at right corner as the secondary is coming off a bad season. Third year corner Tarell Brown will most likely take over as the starter. Brown only started one game last season but saw action in 15 games and had two interceptions. There is also backup Shawntae Spencer but he is coming off an ACL injury of his own.
The 49ers and GM Scott McCloughan find themselves in a bad position. Just when I thought McCloughan was starting to do well as a GM this injury highlights his mistake in not addressing the cornerback issue when one of your starters is 34 years old. The 49ers do have other options with players on the roster but they are Allen Rossum, who is 33 and has been focusing on punt and kick-off returns, Marcus Hudson, who has zero career starts, and unproven rookies Carlos Thomas, Jahi Word-Daniels and Terrail Lambert. The next move for McCloughan is to look at the free agent corners that are still available. Those include: Chris McAlister, Roderick Hood, Pacman Jones, Dre Bly, Sam Madison and Mike McKenzie. I say bring in someone who is young in age but ripe in staring experience (Roderick Hood) and bring in someone with lots of starting experience (Chris McAlister). I hope McCloughan does not think he can go a whole season with the current lineup at corner because the backups are not up to the task of being reliable starters for a whole season.
Tags: 49ers Injuries Allen Rossum Carlos Thomas Chris McAlister Dominic Zeigler GM Scott McCloughan Jahi Word-Daniels Marcus Hudson Out For Season Roderick Hood San Francisco 49ers Shawntae Spencer Tarell Brown Terrail Lambert Walt Harris Tears ACL