The San Francisco 49er put together a dominant 35-11 victory over the Rams on Thursday Night Football, but the win potentially came at a price. 49ers left tackle Joe Staley was bent backward at the knees late in the game, and was quickly heard screaming in pain. A cart was brought out, but Staley was able to walk off the field with the help of two trainers.
It is hard to tell what the extent of the injury is, and it may be some time given that the 49ers likely will give the players some time off before they begin preparing for the Houston Texans. The 49ers will check out Staley for whatever the injury ends up being, and we'll wait and see. According to the beat writers, Staley was seen exiting the X-ray room and walking in a generally normal way. Cam Inman tweeted out this picture of Staley:
Hopefully the 49ers just dodged a bullet with this one. I wouldn't be surprised if they also got an MRI to ensure no other issues. With a few extra days off, maybe some rest is all it needs. Here is another tweet about this:
Early report from @MaioccoCSN on 49ers Postgame Live: Staley told teammates "I'm OK" and was walking on his own power for what that's worth— Ahmed Fareed (@AhmedFareedCSN) September 27, 2013
Harbaugh was asked about the injury after the game, and he said he thinks the 49ers were going to dodge a bullet with this one.
IF Staley were to miss any time, the 49ers basically have two options involving Adam Snyder. They could move Snyder in at left tackle, or they could move Alex Boone from right guard to left tackle, and then move Snyder in at right guard. Let's just hope Staley is back in ten days when the 49ers host the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.