Just when it seems that the San Francisco 49ers are getting healthy, they take one step back.
On Sunday against St. Louis, the 49ers activated wide receiver Michael Crabtree to the active roster and in the process, lost starting left tackle Joe Staley to a sprained MCL in his right knee.
The 49ers appeared to have dodged a bullet with Staley for the second time this season.
Back in Week 4 against the Rams, it appeared that Staley had suffered a major leg/knee injury after he was bent backwards into the turf of the Edward Jones Dome, his screams caught by the T.V. cameras.
Fortunately, Staley was ok and even started the following week. But now, with only four games left in the regular season, and with the 49ers holding a one game lead over the Arizona Cardinals for the 6th and final playoff spot, every injury is magnified times 10.
For San Francisco, losing both Joe Staley and Mike Iupati (sprained MCL) allowed for veteran Adam Snyder to replace Iupati at guard. With Staley out as well, right guard Alex Boone moved back to the position he played at Ohio State, offensive left tackle.
For Sunday’s matchup with their hated rival, the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have kept mum on the status of both Staley and Iupati.
With Seattle currently holding a three game lead for the division, San Francisco might play the safe route and rest up both Staley and Iupati for at least another week, but until the 49ers make the formal announcement, it’s anyone’s guess.
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