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Joe Staley forced to locker room with injury late

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The San Francisco 49ers saw left tackle Joe Staley forced to leave with an injury in the closing minutes of their 35-11 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

Staley was engaged with Rams defensive end Chris Long when running back LaMichael James and another Rams defender fell on the back of Staley’s legs. As he went down, he was bent backward over the fallen James by Long with his legs caught underneath him. Staley was audibly screaming in pain on the broadcast as he was down on the turf.

The 49ers training staff attended to him and brought out the cart for him but Staley eventually rose to his feet and walked off to the locker room with the assistance of a pair of trainers.

From Staley’s reaction to the injury, it certainly didn’t appear to be a minor issue. We’ll wait and see just how serious the injury may be.

UPDATE 12:17 a.m. ET: According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Staley walked out of the X-ray room under his own power without a limp. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the early reports are positive on Staley’s status. “I think we’re going to dodge a bullet there.”

Staley also said he’s fine on his Twitter account.

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30 Responses to “Joe Staley forced to locker room with injury late”
  1. tonyugoh says: Sep 27, 2013 12:07 AM

    Damn, like the Clady and Okung injuries, it happened in garbage time too. Sucks to see all these elite LT’s getting hurt.

  2. kingofthenorth92 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:08 AM

    Not since my high school playing days have I felt so close to an injury than hearing Joe yelling in pain over the broadcast. Why the 49ers didn’t have enough depth to not risk their star LT in garbage time baffles me. There was no excuse for him being in there that late. I hope the injury is minor and he’ll be back soon.

  3. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 27, 2013 12:11 AM

    You can still walk off the field with a torn ACL.

  4. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 27, 2013 12:12 AM

    X-Rays negative. Told his team mates he’s fine

  5. handsomehawk says: Sep 27, 2013 12:14 AM

    why was he in so late in such a lopsided game?

    He is the heart and soul of that Offense..another great maneuver from Harbaugh

  6. mylionsroaring says: Sep 27, 2013 12:14 AM

    Hate to see any player get hurt. Hope he is okay, and I am a Lions fan.

  7. slbasegame257 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:16 AM

    GO HAWKS

  8. Abattoir says: Sep 27, 2013 12:20 AM

    Awful hearing Staley (or anyone for that matter) scream in pain. Hopefully, it was just a really, really, really bad cramp or something less serious.

  9. sdakota says: Sep 27, 2013 12:21 AM

    I have never heard a player scream that loud while watching a game on tv.wish the guy the best

  10. explosionsauce says: Sep 27, 2013 12:30 AM

    Thought it was a season ender with how loud he screamed but 315 pound men don’t walk off without an ACL. Classy move by Rams by running out the clock. No need to risk anyone else.

  11. swaggyy says: Sep 27, 2013 12:36 AM

    Awesome. Best news I heard all day!

  12. theysone says: Sep 27, 2013 1:35 AM

    Lol@ staley’s Twitter update.

    Pretty scary to hear him screaming like that, he’s one tough SOB…waved off the cart.

  13. spacekraft24 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:53 AM

    I sure hope they dodged a bullet. That would be a HUGE loss. Staley is one of the better blind side protectors in this league and a leader in the locker room. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  14. cochise88 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:38 AM

    Just as dramatic as his head coach. To be expected from a 40screamer er, I mean 40whiner.

  15. cmosiedrum says: Sep 27, 2013 2:49 AM

    Joe is a good dude, and a really good player. Plus hes a needed asset for the The Niners front line. It’s hard to see someone in that much pain & frustration. I hope he’s ok!

  16. red sky at night says: Sep 27, 2013 5:14 AM

    Thank God!

  17. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 27, 2013 5:26 AM

    That’s an awesome tweet.

  18. wearethesteelers says: Sep 27, 2013 6:14 AM

    LOL

  19. rhsindians says: Sep 27, 2013 7:17 AM

    He was in a lot of pain on the field, not as much pain as watching my Giants though. Glad to hear he is ok.

  20. Shinnbone says: Sep 27, 2013 7:37 AM

    I guess he’s gotta work on that “tough guy” thing after that girl scream and then walks out of the locker without a limp.
    Sincerely, Clay Matthews

  21. Shinnbone says: Sep 27, 2013 7:39 AM

    Coach Bill Parcells even released a statement on Joe Staley, “she’s gonna be ok”

  22. mj323 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:13 AM

    I should hate the 49ers and all of their players for how badly they destroy the Packers, but Staley seems like a pretty good guy. Anyone willing to make fun of themselves when most people would be so embarrassed about it is pretty good in my book. Glad that it doesn’t seem to be anything serious!

  23. ott2win says: Sep 27, 2013 9:38 AM

    Love that twitter comment! Staley is a class act!

  24. sbchampsagain says: Sep 27, 2013 9:47 AM

    Being bent liek a pretzel straight up scared Staley.
    Those screams were from someone that thought his career was over. Glad he’s ok. he’s a solid player.

  25. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 27, 2013 9:52 AM

    The stadium being empty contributed to being able to hear him scream. Those criticizing Harbaugh for having him in there need to get a clue.

  26. kylexitron says: Sep 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    What a surprise, another overly dramatic forty whiner reaction. I’m shocked.

    -12

  27. willbow5253 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:05 AM

    To those of you asking why Staley was still in the game, they explained it to you like 3 times during the broadcast last night. Teams only typically have 7 (maaaybe 8) active linemen for a game. You will always see starting linemen in the games in garbage time because there are no other options.

  28. bahoto34 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:12 AM

    Ha…that tweet had me cracking up. good to see that he’s alright.

  29. garbagetimehero says: Sep 27, 2013 10:27 AM

    >>why was he in so late in such a lopsided game?

    Only 7 OL suit up on game day. Kilgore and Snyder were already in the game at other positions (LG/RT I think?).

  30. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:37 PM

    Typical Seahack bandwagon making snarky comments about an injury. Just proves how you recently started watching football after all your acquaintances told you that Seattle actually has a football team and it might make the playoffs without going 7-9.

    Hubris will catch up with you, expect to it this Sunday.

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