49ers injury report: Staley sustains head injury


49ers injury report: Staley sustains head injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left tackle Joe Staley left the game in the first quarter with a head injury and did not return to the 49ers lineup Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.When asked if Staley had sustained a concussion, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered, "We'll see. You (the media) were told what his injury was, and he wasn't able to come back in the ballgame. I'm not a doctor."The 49ers did not disclose the nature of the injury, reporting it only as "head."Dr. Daniel Garza examined Staley on the sideline and walked with him back to the 49ers' locker room. Garza, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Stanford, is the leader of a long-term concussion study involving the Stanford football team.The NFL's protocol on concussions reads, in part:
"Once removed for the duration of a practice or game, the player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptotic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing, and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant."-- Linebacker Patrick Willis did not suit up due to a right hamstring strain that he sustained early in the 49ers' 26-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams last week. It is uncertain whether Willis will be available for the 49ers' Monday night game (Dec. 19) against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was only the second time in Willis' career that he has not suited up for a game.
Safety Dashon Goldson said the 49ers' problems on defense were something that should not have been affected by Willis' absence."We were confident in Larry (Grant) coming in there and playing," Goldson said. "Of course, we miss Pat. He's one of our leaders and one of our playmakers on defense. But they stuck to what they were going to do. I didn't see them attacking us without Pat being there."Grant led the 49ers with nine tackles. He also broke up a pass.-- Running back Frank Gore saw a smaller percentage of snaps, as he carried just 10 times for 72 yards. Backup Kendall Hunter had eight carries for 20 yards.When asked if something was wrong with Gore, Harbaugh answered, "No, not a reason."-- Receiver Braylon Edwards played just 11 snaps after sitting out last week to rehabilitate his ailing right knee and left shoulder. Edwards did not appear pleased that his play time was limited. And Harbaugh said the team did not reduce Edwards' action due to injuries."We were doing our best to move the ball, convert, pick up those first downs and we fell short," Harbaugh said.-- Defensive end Ray McDonald sustained a left handwrist injury that required X-rays. The X-rays were believed to be negtaive, as McDonald left the locker room without any cast or wrap on his hand.-- Goldson missed one play with a right hip bruise, as he landed hard while attempting to defend Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a down-field pass. Fitzgerald made the catch and turned the play into a 46-yard touchdown.

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow


Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers


Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.

Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.

But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.

“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”

Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.

Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.

“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”

Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.

“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”

Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”

But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.

“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”