49ers cornerback Tarell Brown suffered a rib injury during last Sunday’s loss to the Saints that was serious enough to force him to spend the night in New Orleans and fly back to San Francisco on Monday.
On Thursday, coach Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference that the team does not believe Brown’s injury is severe enough to end his season although he expects that it will “take a little time” before he’s able to return to the lineup. Harbaugh didn’t get specific about Brown’s diagnosis, but did say that word of cracked ribs that was reported earlier in the week didn’t hit the nail on the head.
With Brown apparently out for Monday night’s game against the Redskins, Tramaine Brock will step into a larger role across from Carlos Rogers. Brock has done a very good job as the team’s third corner this year, pushing Nnamdi Asomugha out of the lineup and, eventually, off the team. Eric Wright should also see a bump in playing time as long as Brown is on the sideline.
The Redskins will be down a receiver for the game after losing Leonard Hankerson for the season to a knee injury.