The San Francisco 49ers got a monster win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday evening, but they now find themselves with a quick turnaround facing the Seattle Seahawks on the road this coming Saturday, Christmas Eve. The 49ers will have a limited amount of time to get over their bumps and bruises and there are a few.
The most significant injury on Monday was an ankle injury suffered by Ted Ginn. On the opening kickoff of the second half he was bent backwards on his leg and had to struggle off the field. X-rays were reportedly negative, but it remains to be seen whether he will play this Saturday. He was the biggest difference-maker in the season-opener against Seattle and he has had a very solid year as the 49ers return man. If Ginn is a no go, Kyle Williams would likely be the primary punt returner. Kendall Hunter is listed as the backup kick returner, so we'll see what that leads to on Saturday.
Braylon Edwards ended up inactive after a limited week of practice, leaving the 49ers fairly limited at receiver. Kyle Williams got some key third down looks throughout the game and Brett Swain even worked his way onto the field. Given that this is a short week, it will be interesting to see how the 49ers handle the receiver position. I would imagine Edwards ends up active for Saturday, particularly if Ginn can't go, but there are some issues to be figured out.
It is also worth noting that Joe Staley left the game after getting kicked in the leg, but his x-rays also came up negative. He seemed to be OK in spite of the concussion from last week and this should be a fairly limited injury.