A day after an impressive win over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, here is an update on the latest in the world of the San Francisco 49ers:
Williams Out for Season
Wide receiver Kyle Williams is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, reports Matt Maiocco.
The second-year wideout suffered the injury while blocking a Saints’ defender on a Kendall Hunter run in yesterday’s game.
Williams, who took plenty of criticism for muffing two punts in last season’s NFC Championship game, was rebounding quite nicely this year. He caught 14 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown, and is ironically one of the Niners’ best kickoff and punt returners.
More Injuries (courtesy of the Mercury News)
- Running back Kendall Hunter suffered a left-ankle injury on the same play that Williams was hurt.
- Anthony Davis injured his right hand on a third-quarter run block.
- Aldon Smith re-aggravated his shoulder injury.
- Delanie Walker hurt his hip making a diving catch in the fourth quarter, and reportedly had to be carted to the team bus after the game.
- Ted Ginn’s wrist and hand issues kept him out of the game after muffing a punt in the second quarter
Opportunities for Jenkins, James?
Of all the injuries, Williams’ (obviously) and Hunter’s are the most severe. Jim Harbaugh said that some players who haven’t been active will be getting opportunities next week, namely draft picks AJ Jenkins and LaMichael James.
Harbaugh Mum on Starter
In today’s presser, Harbaugh said, “Alex Smith is our starting quarterback,” which doesn’t necessarily mean that Smith will start. Don’t be confused by the wording, this may just be a “diplomacy” and a small token of appreciation for Smith, who has grudgingly given away his role as the 49ers’ quarterback.
He will announce a starter by Wednesday, which more than likely will be the second-year sensation Colin Kaepernick.