San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams With No Injury Concerns Before Match-Up
By Jerrell Richardson
The 49ers have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL this season, so it’s a surprise to see their injury report listing so many players, especially after a bye week. It speaks to the fact that so many players contribute every week for this team, but not a single name is not significant. There is no need to worry though as a closer look shows that the lengthy list is no more then the team following the strict NFL guidelines to list every player with even the slightest bump or bruise, as every player has participated in full practice all week. So as would be expected after a week off to sit back and rest their bodies, for the first time this season, the 49ers are 100% healthy, which is pretty remarkable at the halfway point in the season.
Their competition on Sunday can’t say the same as they will be without the services of a few players, and enter the game with a banged up offensive line. For a team already facing an uphill battle, the Rams will need every player to step up and accept the physical punishment that they are all in store for when facing a team like the 49ers. If they are unable to win the battle in the trenches then both Sam Bradford and Stephen Jackson will be useless and it will be a lot of 3 and outs.
No player or injury for St. Louis though puts them at a decidedly larger disadvantage against the top team in the NFC West. It is noteworthy that the St. Louis’ leading receiver has been limited in practice due to shoulder issues, but expect Danny Amendola strapped up and ready to play. As he is not 100% it could spell trouble for an offense that will need to open things up for their rushing game. Injury or not with him on the field his team will need him to have an impact on the game for them to have any chance at winning. With a few players limping into the game, it will be important for the Rams to rely a bit on luck and hope that they don’t suffer any more as depth will be a concern if any more players are out.
San Francisco 49ers
*Linebacker: Tavares Gooden—Elbow
*Running Back: Frank Gore—Hand
*Guard: Daniel Kilgore—Concussion
*Punter: Andy Lee—Hand
*Wide Receiver: Mario Mannigham—Shoulder
*Quarterback: Alex Smith—Right Finger
*Defensive Tackle/Fullback: Will Tukuafu—Wrist
*Wide Receiver: Michael Crabtree—Illness
*Linebacker: Patrick Willis—Shoulder
St. Louis Rams
*Linebacker: Justin Cole—Illness
*Tackle: Barry Richardson—Head
*Defensive Tackle: Kendall Langford—Not Injury Related
*Wide Receiver: Danny Amendola—Shoulder
*Linebacker: Mario Haggan—Thigh
*Tackle: Wayne Hunter—Back
*Defensive Tackle: Kellen Heard—Foot
*Tackle: Rodger Stafford—Knee
*Defensive End: Eugene Sims—Knee
*Safety: Darian Stewart—Knee
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Jerrell Richardson is a Bay Area native who due to a college career at San Diego State University has grown an appreciation for all things sports related in California. His heart will always remain in San Francisco though where he currently resides and covers everything from the San Francisco 49ers and Giants to the San Jose Sharks and California Bears Baseball team. His work can be found on Examiner.com.