With Tarell Brown still limited by a rib contusion he sustained in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers are prepared to go with Tramaine Brock at cornerback on Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
ESPN.com reported that, while it’s not out of the question that Brown recovers to play Monday night, Brock is expected to get just his second start of the season.
Brown had to be taken from the field on a cart.
Brock, who will be a free agent after the season, has had a solid year for the 49ers, emerging as the nickel corner when Nnamdi Asomugha was injured in Week 3 and never yielding the job back to the former All-Pro, who was cut Nov. 4.
Brock has a career-high four interceptions this season, posting two with a pick-six in a win over the Houston Texans on Oct. 6. He was an undrafted free agent out of NAIA Bellhaven in 2010. He came into the season with two career interceptions in limited playing time.
If Brock starts, veteran Eric Wright will likely move to the nickel spot. He played his first game for the 49ers on Sunday as the fourth cornerback and then moved outside after Brown was hurt.