Saturday, January 21, 2012

NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants Final Injury Report & Predictions

The San Francisco 49ers listed six players as questionable for their NFC Championship game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

The official injury report included CB Tarell Brown (thigh), S Dashon Goldson (ankle), WR Ted Ginn (knee), TE Delanie Walker (jaw), C Jonathan Goodwin (calf) and LB Patrick Willis (knee).

All listed players were limited in practice on Friday in some way or another, except for Ginn, who missed practice completely and had yet to participate this week.

The more probable of the questionables for Sunday are Brown, Goldson and Willis, who are expected to play on Sunday and be fully healthy by then. Goldson, although sidelined last week against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter, is expected to go on Sunday.

On the other side of that lies Goodwin, Walker and Ginn.

Goodwin left Sunday's game in the second quarter with a right leg injury, only to return later in the quarter. He missed most of practice this week, but returned for a limited practice on Friday. He is sure to start against the Giants.

Walker, who has recovered from a broken jaw since a Week 16 knee to the face by Seattle Seahawks LB Leroy Hill, is set to play on Sunday. He was re-evaluated by doctors on Monday and returned to practice on Tuesday in a limited role. Walker tweeted on Monday that he feels ready to go and wants to pad up for Sunday's game, but will wait for team approval on that. We can expect him to play against the Giants, but in a very limited role and only on certain plays. TE Justin Peelle has replaced Walker as the back-up tight end over the past few weeks and will be needed in the blocking game against the Giants' pass rush.

That leaves Ginn, the lone player left out of 49ers' practice on Friday. He suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the Saints and was unable to practice the entire week. Ginn had a "noticeable limp" on Monday heading into 49ers' facilities. After sitting out a full week of practice, we should not expect Ginn to suit up against the Giants on Sunday. Kyle Williams can be expected to return kicks, as well as be the No. 2 WR for Alex Smith. Brett Swain will be the No. 3 WR and Joe Hastings (from practice squad) should be ready to be active as the No. 4 WR.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to know. Gametime is coming soon.
    All the best to the 49ers!
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