During the San Francisco 49ers press conference Monday John Harbaugh discussed a few of the injuries his team sustained Sunday night against the Seahawks.
He did not have much to say about what was an apparent leg or hamstring injury to Vernon Davis which he sustained on an interception by Richard Sherman other than saying he was being looked at. However, the two other key injuries were addressed. One of those has a positive outlook, the other not so good.
First, the bad news. Nose tackle Ian Williams will undergo season-ending surgery today on his broken ankle after he was on the receiving end of a completely legal cut-block in the first quarter. Harbaugh did not have an issue with the hit at all, but a few others did.
Most notably, linebacker Patrick Willis took exception to the hit on his teammate, and the 49ers defensive leader had plenty to say about it on Monday to CSN BayArea:
I feel like as a linebacker or a D-lineman, any cut, it’s a man sport — be a man, hit me up high. Hit like rams. You don’t see a ram going and cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head to head, pad to pad. … I feel like that’s something the league should look into more. You see some of that stuff, and it’s uncalled for.
Willis was also concerned for his own welfare, after he too had to avoid a cut-block later on in the game. He broke it down simply:
You have a guy who’s 300 pounds cutting a guy who’s 250 pounds. Do physics to that. Hit the man up high. It should be a good collision. You’re not talking about a concussion and being out for two weeks. You’re talking about being down for the rest of the season if you get hit good like that.
On the plus side, rookie safety Eric Reid has shown no concussion symptoms today. No doubt he will be looked at very carefully this entire week and remember he will have to pass all the NFL’s concussion protocol before being cleared to play again. It is a good sign, however, considering the San Francisco 49ers have been bitten by the injury bug this season.