UPDATE 11/25/2013: There is a small possibility that wide receiver Michael Crabtree will make his season debut tonight against the Redskins. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said over the weekend the team will need to decide whether or not to add Crabtree to 53-man roster before the game. Crabtree playing tonight is a small possibility because Harbaugh might have already made up his mind to sit the receiver. Harbaugh is likely trying to keep Mike Shanahan and the Redskins guessing on whether or not Crabtree will play.
The San Francisco 49ers will be without two starters for the showdown with the Washington Redskins on Monday night. With offensive guard Mike Iupati and cornerback Tarell Brown ruled out, the task of ending the two-game losing streak will be more difficult.
Iupati suffered a sprained MCL in the loss to the New Orleans Saints last week and he could be out for more than one game. In his place, nine-year veteran Adam Snyder will get the start at left guard. Brown has not practiced all week and will be out because of bruised ribs. Tramaine Brock, who recently signed a four-year extension, will start at right cornerback.
Snyder will be making his 83rd career start, but his first this season. Brock will be making his second start this season and he leads the 49ers defense with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
Two other players who have not practiced all week, and will likely be ruled out for Monday Night Football, are starting defensive end Ray McDonald and tight end Garrett Celek. McDonald has a high-ankle sprain he has been dealing with since November 10. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio described McDonald’s status as “iffy” for Monday. Should McDonald not be available, the 49ers have an adequate replacement with Tony Jerod-Eddie.
Celek has a hamstring injury he first hurt against the Carolina Panthers and caused him to miss last week’s game. Derek Carrier would fill in as the third-string tight end if Celek cannot go. Both Celek and McDonald are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions.
Another notable player listed as questionable is wide receiver Mario Manningham who recently came back from a knee injury. Mario has been limited all week at practice, however, he was also questionable last week but ended playing most of the game.
The Redskins reported starting tight end Jordan Reed will be out with a concussion. In recent weeks, Reed has been a security blanket for RG3 on offense as his go-to receiver. Without Reed, Washington’s offense will be limited in the passing game.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams:
Out: CB Tarell Brown (ribs), G Mike Iupati (knee), WR Quinton Patton (foot)
Questionable: TE Garrett Celek (hamstring), WR Mario Manningham (knee), DT Ray McDonald
Probable: DT Quinton Dial (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ankle), QB Colin Kaepernick (back), LB Dan Skuta (foot), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Out: TE Jordan Reed (concussion)
Questionable: DE Stephen Bowen (knee), S Jose Gumbs (ankle), RB Darrel Young (hamstring)
Probable: CB E.J. Biggers (knee), CB Josh Wilson (toe)