San Francisco 49ers Appear To Have Dodged Major Injury To Joe Staley

Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley (74) defends against Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) during the second quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are hoping that left tackle Joe Staley will be able to make it back this season after a game or two on the sidelines.

Staley left early in Sunday’s 23-13 win over the St. Louis Rams with a knee injury, but according to CSNBayArea, the initial diagnosis of the injury ruled out an injury to the ACL. The website cited a team source.

“We’ll see,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to make any rush to judgment or repeat anything until tests have been run.”

Joe Looney replaced Alex Boone at right guard when Staley went out, with Boone shifting to take Staley’s spot on the left side.

The left side was already without guard Mike Iupati, who is out with a knee injury. That left San Francisco down two Pro Bowlers up front. Adam Snyder was starting his second straight game in Iupati’s place.

“You don’t have time to think like that out there,” Boone said. “You go out and play football and trust the man next to you. We take a lot of pride in our offensive line meeting room and when we know when guys are called upon, they must step up.”

Boone held Robert Quinn, who came into the game with 13.5 sacks, off the stat sheet in the sack column. The Rams got to Colin Kaepernick four times, but none of them came from Boone’s matchup with Quinn.

For Looney, it was just his second NFL game after not suiting up at all as a rookie in 2012. He made his debut Monday night at Washington—three snaps at the end of an easy win. Looney was inserted into the game ahead of Adam Kilgore, who has dressed for every game and is regularly used as an extra blocker in short yardage.

It was a big-time performance by the line to step up with the entire starting left side out of action. The running game sputtered at times, gaining just 83 yards, but Kaepernick had another solid day and the big stat: The 49ers got the “W.”

Topics: Joe Staley, NFL, San Francisco 49ers

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