Injury report: Walker, Ginn are questionable

January 15, 2012, 8:04 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tight end Delanie Walker, who sustained a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve, told CSNBayArea.com that he hopes to receive medical clearance Monday to return for the 49ers' NFC championship game next Sunday.Walker is one of four 49ers players who will have some form of injury concern entering the week of practice. The 49ers have their first full practice of the week scheduled for Wednesday, and the club figures to list a handful of their players as questionable for the upcoming game.
Receiver Ted Ginn appears to be the 49ers' biggest injury concern. Ginn is questionable for the NFC title game after sustaining a right knee injury on Saturday. Ginn was injured when New Orleans Saints linebacker Martez Wilson shoved him to the ground within the legal 5-yard contact zone on a crossing route in the second quarter.Ginn landed hard on his kneecap and got up slowly. He was in on the next play, but was clearly hobbled. Kyle Williams replaced Ginn as the No. 2 receiver and on punt returns. Receiver Brett Swain became the No. 3 receiver.Ginn sat out three 49ers possessions and looked as if he would not return to action. He came back briefly in the third quarter but played only four more snaps before requiring the assistance of the 49ers medical staff on the field.Ginn was not seen in the locker room following the game, and coach Jim Harbaugh did not provide an update. If Ginn is unable to play, the 49ers will likely suit up undrafted rookie Joe Hastings as the team's No. 4 receiver.
Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was noticeably limping throughout the game with a right hamstring strain, which he sustained in the regular-season finale against the St. Louis Rams. Earlier this season, McDonald missed a game with a left hamstring strain.McDonald, who typically plays every down, played just 44 of the 49ers' 80 defensive snaps. Backup lineman Ricky Jean Francois played 36 snaps. However, McDonald was on the field for the 49ers' final 12 defensive plays of the game.Center Jonathan Goodwin sustained a left lower leg injury in the second quarter that sidelined him for six plays. Adam Snyder moved from right guard to center, with Chilo Rachal taking over at right guard. Goodwin returned for the next series and played the remainder of the game.

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