The 49ers have not released their injury report yet, but we got some tweets from the 49ers media at the start of practice. The media is not allowed to observe entire practice sessions during the season, but is allowed to observe at the beginning. The 49ers will release their injury report after practice, but we can get an idea of what's what from preliminary observations.
Ted Ginn was observed prior to practice walking with a limp, but not wearing a boot or using crutches. Once the walkthrough at practice began, Ginn was not seen on the field. Patrick Willis was on a side field working out with the team's strength coach, while Joe Staley was back at practice after what sounds like a minor leg injury on Monday.
The Ginn injury would be significant on a couple of levels. He has been a consistently strong return man and is a big part of the 49ers success in the field position battle. It could also impact the team's receiving options. Ginn only had one catch for 14 yards on Monday, but fellow receiver Braylon Edwards was inactive for the game.
On Tuesday, when asked why Edwards was inactive, Coach Harbaugh said, "Just based on the practices and the games." He was then asked if the team would be looking to add any receivers and he said Braylon should be ready to go, particularly with Ginn looking a bit questionable for Saturday. Coach Harbaugh said, "We'll look for a good week of practice there."
This is the first healthy scratch we've seen of Edwards, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next couple weeks. Will he be extra motivated to go out and make some plays? Will any of this really matter?
My guess is that Kyle Williams is the biggest beneficiary if Ginn cannot play on Saturday. I'd prefer a healthy Ginn, but Williams could get some more looks with Ginn on the sideline. Add in some chances in the return game and maybe he gets another chance to break out before the end of the season. Given that Ginn and Edwards are both free agents after this season, there is some room for a receiver to step up, even if the team brings back Joshua Morgan.