The 49ers are going to be without Braylon Edwards for a while.
The wide receiver was initially called “day-to-day” with a knee sprain after leaving Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, but coach Jim Harbaugh said today, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, that Edwards had a surgical procedure on the knee. He will miss this week’s game against the Bengals and, per Harbaugh, will be “out for a little bit.”
Edwards had one catch on Sunday before the injury forced him out of the game and has four catches for 48 yards on the year. A lengthy absence would likely hurt his chances at earning $2.5 million in incentives that are part of his $1 million, one-year contract with the Niners. It would also hurt Edwards’ chances of getting a bigger deal for next season after he found a market resistant to his charms as a free agent this summer.
No word on if Edwards plans to sue anyone as a result of the injury.
The 49ers will likely have Michael Crabtree back in the lineup to fill in for Edwards. Harbaugh sounded optimistic about Crabtree’s chances of playing. Crabtree played in the opener, but missed Week Two with a foot injury.