Good morning folks, and a happy Sunday to you. Today marks the second of three consecutive Sundays during which the 49ers will not play, as they’ll face the New York Giants on Monday night. Despite the extended break since the Raiders game on Thursday night (a week and a half ago), the team has had difficulty recuperating, and will be missing several key players - again - come Monday night.
Although he was active, and productive, during week 9, Pierre Garcon has been ruled out for tomorrow’s game. He’s currently dealing with a knee injury which has kept him off the field for multiple games this season. However, the injury report does not make mention of his shoulder injury, which is certainly welcome news. As the 49ers enter their bye week after MNF, hope springs eternal that Garcon will heal up with the extra rest, and come back ready to play during week 12.
The injury report is rounded out with news that Reuben Foster (hamstring) and Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) will both miss their second consecutive games. Considering the frequency and impact of injuries that the 49ers have dealt with this season, I’d be inclined to support benching presumed starters if they’re borderline healthy - with no playoff contention to worry about, protecting their health from aggravation is definitely the smart move. As with Garcon, hopefully these two will take advantage of the upcoming bye week to heal up.
The 49ers face a struggling Giants squad, who, despite their pitiful record, boast a fair amount of top-end offensive talent. Jaquiski Tartt and Reuben Foster will be replaced by Tyvis Powell and Malcolm Smith, respectively, who will surely have their hands full dealing with the dynamic play of RB Saquon Barkley & all-world WR Odell Beckham Jr. Pierre Garcon’s snaps will be replaced by some permutation of rookie Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne, and there’s a high likelihood that Trent Taylor will finally find himself back in the mix.
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