Well, I was hoping for the best but read the worst this morning as it was reported that left tackle Joe Staley will be out six weeks due to a sprained right knee he sustained against the Colts on Sunday. Staley is the best offensive lineman on the 49ers and his absence will be felt on offense. Another big injury in the loss against the Colts was cornerback Nate Clements who was replaced in the starting lineup by Tarell Brown. Clements broke his right shoulder blade and will be out 6-8 weeks.
Offensive lineman Barry Sims was interested into the game after the first play and held his own against the defensive end Dwight Freeney. But to lose a player like Staley for six weeks this late into the season will stall the 49ers offensive progress as the rest of the offensive line has had suspect play. The 49ers are in a tight spot as the only other tackle available on the team is Chris Patrick who has spent almost all of his career on the practice squad on six different teams since he was signed in 2007 as an undrafted rookie free-agent by the New York Giants. This is not good for the 49ers offensive line. Someone needs to set-up their play on the line if they 49ers want to continue progressing their offense while Staley is out.
The replacement for Clements will be Brown who started in his place against the Colts. It is not known if Clements had not injured himself would he have started again at cornerback. Mike Singletary only said that Brown was named the starter because he matched up better against Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon. We may never know if Clements really lost his job for one game or for the rest of the season but we may have an idea at the end of the season as he will make at least $6 million in salary next year. GM Scot McCloughan will most likely ask Clements to take a pay-cut or be released with his bad play not only this year but last season. While Clements has had some good games as a Niner he has not been the shut down corner the 49er Faithful thought we were getting when he was with the Bills.
The 49ers suffered injuries to the two weakest parts on offense, the line, and on defense, the secondary. Brown will be a good replacement for Clements as he almost wrestled the starting job from other cornerback Shawntae Spencer in training camp. I hope that Sims can build on what he did last week against the Colts and provides the same protection that Staley did so successfully.
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