Kyle Williams making his awesome TD catch. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver left Monday's loss fairly early after a knee injury sent him to the locker room. He did not return and had an MRI yesterday to determine the severity of the injury. The 49ers have not released a lot of specifics, but GM Trent Baalke gave us more information than we probably could have expected. on 95.7 The Game, Baalke described Edwards as being nicked up and listed as day-to-day.
We'll learn a lot more tomorrow when the 49ers release their first practice participation report for the week. Ideally Edwards will be a full participant, but we'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, the 49ers wide receiver situation has some question marks in terms of healthy bodies for Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Edwards is day-to-day and Michael Crabtree was inactive Sunday with his foot problem. Crabtree did participate in practice last week but was limited alongside Dashon Goldson. He is another guy we'll have to see about on Wednesday and Thursday in practice.
In the same radio interview, Baalke seemed to indicate that Crabtree should be healthy and good to go this week. Do you ever think Coach Harbaugh listens to him on the radio and is like, "Dude! Be cool!"
Aside from Crabtree, the 49ers wide receivers consist of Joshua Morgan, Ted Ginn Jr. and Kyle Williams. On the practice squad the 49ers also have rookie Joe Hastings. Both Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have been asked about adding a receiver to the 53-man roster and they both responded with the same comments about always looking for ways to improve the roster.
Whether or not Crabtree plays, one guy who seemingly earned some additional playing time was Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn has faced much criticism for his pass-catching, but on Sunday he made some important catches. Three of his grabs resulted in first downs and one got the team to second and short. If he can show some manner of consistency he becomes that much more valuable a weapon.
And of course there is also the fan favorite Kyle Williams. His fanbase is not huge but there have been plenty of folks arguing for more playing time for the second year receiver. Actually, just arguing for any playing time. He finally got a shot against the Cowboys and made the most of it, hauling in a 12-yard touchdown pass. It was a combination of a fantastic throw and impressive catch and had to open some eyes. He didn't see the ball after that, but who cares about the details? Right?
If the 49ers can get a healthy Edwards and Crabtree, they suddenly have a receiving corps that might just be a little bit dangerous. The team has to decide to throw to them, but we'll get to that down the road. There is some intriguing talent out there on the edges.