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Joe Staley had his knee scoped

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Add tackle Joe Staley to the list of 49ers who will spend the time until training camp recovering from injury and/or surgery.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Staley had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The knee bothered Staley all of last season and, per Barrows, he could have played on it again this year but decided to miss some time now in hopes of being totally healthy come camp and the regular season. The expectation is that Staley will be ready to go when the Niners report to camp.

Staley has made the last two Pro Bowls and he’s also garnered enough votes to be a member of the AP’s second-team All-Pro squad each year. Losing him would be a serious blow, but this knee issue doesn’t look like it carries much risk of that.

The defending NFC Champions have seen defensive end Justin Smith, linebacker Aldon Smith, guard Mike Iupati and wide receiver Michael Crabtree visit the operating room since their Super Bowl loss to the Ravens. Wide receiver Kyle Williams, wide receiver Mario Manningham and running back Kendall Hunter are also making returns from injuries that brought their 2012 seasons to an early end.

According to Barrows, the 49ers will use Staley’s absence to evaluate contenders for the team’s top backup tackle. Seventh-round pick Carter Bykowski, Kenny Wiggins and Al Netter should all be part of that competition.

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12 Responses to “Joe Staley had his knee scoped”
  1. citynative says: May 28, 2013 5:33 PM

    Yet some think the Niners were lucky with injuries last year.

  2. seatownballers says: May 28, 2013 5:47 PM

    Ouch, it’s not even preseason yet

  3. whiterock49er says: May 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    Stop the bleeding. Literally, stop the bleeding.

  4. thesteelers says: May 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    Bust

  5. spideysdog says: May 28, 2013 6:03 PM

    seatownballers,,

    please don’t gloat on FortyWhiners injuries. please please please don’t. karma is not to be phuked with. I like lynch, Harvin and Wilson being healthy and staying that way.

  6. swaggyy says: May 28, 2013 6:06 PM

    I didn’t notice how many scrubs the Niners have at WR behind Craptree til this last week. Who is krapanick going to throw to?

  7. cali49er707 says: May 28, 2013 6:07 PM

    Add another player who could be starting for just about half the league if not more then half. Damn this team is deep. What team would want these players.

    Micheal Crabtree
    Joe Staley
    Mario Manningham
    Kyle Williams
    Tank Carradine (rookie)
    Marcus Lattimore (rookie)
    Kendall Hunter

  8. lionsdraftguy says: May 28, 2013 8:06 PM

    Good. Hope Anthony Davis gets hurt too.

  9. harrisbarton says: May 28, 2013 10:34 PM

    Anthony Davis with both legs amputated would still be better than anyone on the Lions’ offensive line.

  10. pop562 says: May 29, 2013 2:02 AM

    Glad he’s going to be 110% by training camp and better than ever.

  11. asimonetti88 says: May 29, 2013 7:22 AM

    Great player. Love The Joe Show.

  12. ninerfan81 says: May 29, 2013 7:59 AM

    Smart move Joe…get ahead of it…I think even more responsibility will fall on the O-Line due to Crab going down. We’ll need to create alot more 3rd and short situations with the running game to compensate.

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