The 49ers had their last bit of practice today and I believe are heading off to Philly at some point today. I'd think leaving today could help with that early Sunday start, but we'll see. After the jump I've posted what was a very brief post-game press transcript. Staley will definitely be starting on Sunday, and Arnaz Battle will be returning punts, so we'll all get to collectively hold our breath for small chunks of Sunday's game.
WR Isaac Bruce (ankle)
T Barry Sims (knee)
LB Ahmad Brooks (foot)
RB Frank Gore (toe)
CB Marcus Hudson (back)
RB Moran Norris (toe)
T Joe Staley (knee)
LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring)
TE Brent Celek (back, thumb)
DE Victor Abiamiri (knee)
WR Jason Avant (hamstring)
C Nick Cole (knee)
DE Trent Cole (hamstring)
WR Kevin Curtis (knee)
LB Akeem Jordan (knee)
DT Mike Patterson (wrist)
RB Leonard Weaver (hamstring)
Head Coach Mike Singletary
Post-Practice - December 18, 2009
San Francisco 49ers
"We had a good week this week, a couple of days of good practice. It is more about getting mental work this time of year. We are trying to get our guys healthy, fresh and ready for the game. As far as [T Joe] Staley is concerned, we are glad to have him back. He will start. [T Barry] Sims will back up."
On what he saw in Staley this week:
"Actually, even the last couple of weeks, he has been talking about how good he was feeling. Of course I keep a rapport with the trainer, Fergie [Jeff Ferguson], and Fergie kept giving me updates here and there and said he was doing great. He possibly could have gone last week, but I wanted to give him another week simply because we just really wanted to make sure he was ready and didn't want to take any steps backwards because he has been doing so well. He has looked great. He looked good last week in the things he did and I am very excited to see how he does."
On how well Sims filled in for Staley:
"Outstanding. I don't think anyone really knew what to expect. Last year, he played some right tackle and did a good job last year, but I think this year he exceeded that by far. He held up and just did a really nice job."
On who will return punts Sunday:
"[WR] Arnaz [Battle]."
On whether taking Wednesday off had the desired effect on the players:
"You really won't know that until Sunday, but I think so. I believe so."