Joe Staley heads home after spending night in Philly

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49ers left tackle Joe Staley wasn’t able to travel back to California with his teammates after Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Eagles because he was still being evaluated by doctors after suffering a facial injury.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Staley was at the airport in Philadelphia for a flight home on Monday morning and was in “good spirits” after spending the night in a hotel. Staley suffered a fractured orbital bone when he was blocked by Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox during Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills‘ interception return for a touchdown in the first half of the game.

Maiocco reports that Staley won’t need surgery to repair the injury, which created a lot of swelling but did not result in any damage to his eye. Staley also had a gash under his eye that was stitched up during the game according to FOX Sports, although Maiocco reports it was actually glued shut.

There’s no word on how much time Staley is expected to miss, but he was one of several 49ers players to exit Sunday’s loss with injuries. Safety Jimmie Ward broke his arm, right tackle Garry Gilliam left with a knee injury and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas suffered an MCL sprain during a painful day all around for the Niners.

11 responses to “Joe Staley heads home after spending night in Philly

  1. How does that even happen? Watching the game I thought maybe a finger poked him. I want to see that hit, it just does not make sense.

  2. redlikethepig says:

    October 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Cheap shot … suspension coming.


    On a legal block, against a player that has 0 fines in 4 seasons in the NFL?

    Yeah…that’s gonna happen lol

  3. nevyn49 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:44 am
    How exactly does a legal block break a bone and cut a player near their eye?

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    It’s the inside of the player’s helmet which does the damage. Easy to envision how that happens without anything dirty.


  5. eaglesmancave says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Hey Richard? Carson Wentz is on line 1. He’ll pick you up at 4:15.
    Superglue was actually invented as surgical glue

  6. It’s the inside of the player’s helmet which does the damage. Easy to envision how that happens without anything dirty.


    Lol, yeah right. Cut under eye and near nose and fractured eye socket from padding with no contact inside or outside helmet by defender.

    That helmet manufacturer should maybe lose their contract.

  7. ARI’s defense is going to put an absolute beating on QB CJ Beathard next weekend with his two top OT’s out, Elite OLB Chandler Jones has the most sacks of n e pass rushers in the NFL since 2015, he could end up having a career day. DE Robert Nkimdiche is playing at a very high level now that he is actually on the field, earning a pass rushing efficiency grade of 97.9 with 2QBs Hits/6QB pressures and was the top ranked run blocking DE of week 7 as well, given the OG’s San Fran has I’ll bet he spends a lot of time in their backfield. ILB/OLB Hasson Reddick will destroy Gilliam or whomever else comes off the bench, the Cardinals are going to confuse Beathard with different looks and get after him hard.

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