Joshua Morgan, Ted Ginn Jr, Patrick Willis, Delaine Walker, Joe Staley, Braylon Edwards. Ok, why did I just list off those players? Well, those are the players that have been injured in the last 4 weeks (or for the year) for the 49ers. My point, any week, anybody can get injured on any play. We play the freaking St Louis Rams (thank you NFL Schedule making Gods) this week. So should the 49ers sit their star players?
You can present an argument for both. One goes, if the 49ers get a bye, which it looks like they will. If they sit their starters those players will have sat for 2 straight weeks going into the next game. The other, Frank Gore is injury prone, he should sit. Edwards has been banged up all year, sit him. Willis, is a beast and is backup is very good, sit him, he can wake up after a year of not playing and kill people. Tell me I’m wrong, sit him.
But what should the 49ers do with the others? My answer after the jump, plus our fan poll where you decide.
I’m going to go ahead and take the old cop out here. Some players should sit, others need to play. The 49ers are playing a JV squad on Sunday but they can’t screw it up either. Frank Gore needs to dress and only play if Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon are hurt. Edwards shouldn’t play at all, the 49ers haven’t needed him, let him rest and hopefully he can do something, anything come playoff time. No need in risking Willis as I said.
But the 49ers shouldn’t sit QB Alex Smith anymore than they would at any other part of the season. He’s their QB and he needs to take them to the playoffs and get as many reps as he can. I would probably argue for sitting tight end Vernon Davis if Delaine Walker hadn’t broken his jaw against the Seahawks. Now he has to play and the 49ers may need to go get another TE. Kyle Williams should sit as well, if he sustained any type of head injury I’m always 100% for that player sitting the following week. I think it should be an NFL rule. If Joe Staley has anything lingering the team should start Alex Boone and dress Staley only in emergencies, just like Gore.
The Niners need to accomplish a couple things on Sunday. Defeating the Rams should be a walk in the park. Keeping everyone in one piece and ready for the playoffs is the real task at hand.
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