The San Francisco 49ers’
loss to the Indianapolis Colts got more costly today when two players were diagnosed with injuries that will force them to miss six weeks.
Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat reports that left tackle Joe Staley and cornerback Nate Clements are expected to miss six weeks each after leaving Sunday’s game.
Staley suffered medial-collateral and posterior-cruciate ligament damage on the first play of the game, making it the second straight week the 49ers have lost a starting tackle: Right tackle Tony Pashos was lost for the season when he broke his shoulder blade a week earlier against the Houston Texans. Staley has started all 39 games since the 49ers drafted him in 2007.
Clements suffered a broken shoulder blade on a punt return, the latest in a string of disappointments for a player who received a major free-agent contract in 2007 but has been ineffective in San Francisco.
The 49ers, who despite their 3-4 record are only a game out of first place in the NFC West, will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.