Quinton Patton was the lone casualty to injury after the 49ers win on Thursday night. Patton suffered a fracture to a bone in his foot against the Rams.
Coach Harbaugh said the rookie wide receiver will be kept on San Francisco’s 53-man roster as he recovers. He did not say when the team expects Patton to return.
This is the second time Patton has broken a bone in the last two months. He broke his left index finger before the start of training camp in late July while practicing with Colt McCoy.
In the 35-11 win over St. Louis, Patton saw his most extensive playing time all season. One of the reasons his playing time increased was because receiver Marlon Moore was inactive in Week 4. Even though Quinton only finished with one reception for zero yards, it was good finally seeing on the field more. But the injury derails his progress and leaves the 49ers another man short at wide receiver.
As far as Patton’s replacement, we can expect to see a lot of Jon Baldwin in the next game. Baldwin caught two passes for 19 yards against the Rams.
The end of the 49ers win on Thursday was a little unsettling after seeing and hearing Joe Staley go down in pain. For a couple of minutes it looked as if Staley had suffered a catastrophic injury and would be carted off the field. Everyone was able to exhale after he was able to walk-off the field with the help of trainers.
Apparently, and thankfully, everything is fine with Staley and he has no major injury. He talked about what happened with 95.7 The Game on Friday:
That was not my finest moment. I felt a pop and thought I messed up my foot pretty good, but the x-rays turned out OK.
I’m a little sore but nothing 10 days off can’t heal.
After 10 seconds of me screaming, I realized I was fine. If I got on that cart, I would never live that down. I’m already not going to live this down in the locker room.
Staley tweeted this after the game on Thursday night:
I'm good. And I scream like no dude should ever scream lol my bad.
— Joe Staley (@jstaley74) September 27, 2013