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Joe Staley injury update: 49ers LT back at practice

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Joe Staley is back at practice! We take a look at what it means for his chances of playing this Sunday. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Chris Graythen

The San Francisco 49ers are in the middle of their second full practice session of the week, and we have some potentially great news. Left tackle Joe Staley was back at practice today, only a few days removed from spraining his knee against the St. Louis Rams.

Staley suffered what was described as a sprained MCL in the first quarter of the 49ers on Sunday. The initial reports indicated he was not expected to play against the Seahawks this Sunday. However, Jim Harbaugh was not prepared to rule this out yesterday. Staley sat out the Wednesday practice session, but he has been able to get in some work today. The 49ers will release their injury report in a bit, and we'll see if he is listed as a limited participant, or a full participant.

We still don't know if Staley will play on Sunday, but getting in a practice session makes that a lot more likely than if he had sat out another session. Greg Roman told the media the team did have a possibility in mind if they needed to make a roster move, but he wouldn't get in to more specifics.

I suspect we'll see Staley listed as questionable for Sunday, and your usual game-time decision. If he is able to play, he would move back in at left tackle, Alex Boone would move back to right guard, and Adam Snyder would remain at left guard if Mike Iupati was unable to play. It is worth noting, Iupati was not practicing during the portion open to media.