SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Tarell Brown will seek additional medical opinions to determine if he’ll require surgery on the ribs injury that sidelined him for three games.
“We’re going to get a lot of tests that need to get done and see what needs to be cleaned up,” Brown said on Monday.
Brown sustained cracked ribs and cartilage damage in the 49ers’ Nov. 17 game against the New Orleans Saints, he told CSNBayArea.com on Monday
“There was tearing in the cartilage in my ribs and it was so close to my lungs that it was hurting me to breathe,” Brown said.
Tramaine Brock replaced Brown in the 49ers’ starting lineup after Brown's injury. Brown returned to action as the 49ers’ third cornerback for the final three regular-season games. He regained his starting job in the postseason due to Carlos Rogers’ hamstring injury.
Brown gave up just two receptions for 11 yards in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus.
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“I’m getting a little more healthy,” Brown said. “I haven’t been 100 percent. I fought through it. You got to fight through things.”
Brown is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, so he fully realizes Sunday might have been his final game with the club that selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He said he holds no ill will against the 49ers for the contract snafu in which he forfeited a $2 million escalator. Unbeknownst to Brown, he lost the money due to his decision to train on his own, rather than attend the 49ers’ offseason training program.
The 49ers paid Brown $300,000 on Dec. 27, a source told CSNBayArea.com, as a partial make-up for the escalator that dropped Brown's salary from $2.925 million to $925,000.
“I can’t be mad at anybody but the guy who put me in that position,” Brown said of his former agent, Brian Overstreet. “It’s not the organization’s fault. I think, hopefully, if they would’ve known, they would’ve contacted me. But stuff happens.”
Brown said he is currently going through the “grievance process” to reclaim some of the lost money.
As for whether he believes he has a future with the 49ers, Brown answered, “You never know.”