Report: 49ers LT Joe Staley Cleared To Play Versus Steelers, Willis To Sit Out
49ers Insider for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Matt Maiocco, is reporting this morning that sources have informed him that San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley has now received full clearance from the doctors following his concussion suffered last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, and is expected to start Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Staley was limited in his participation at practice Saturday and was listed by the 49ers as questionable on the Saturday injury report. Tackle Alex Boone had taken the snaps with the first team during the absence of Staley and was ready to start if needed. Staley reportedly suffered the concussion during the 49ers first offensive possession against the Cardinals after his head collided with the knee of defensive end Calais Campbell.
Although Staley has been cleared to play, the 49ers will most likely be without inside linebacker Patrick Willis for the second straight game as he has yet to fully recover from his hamstring injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams. Willis will once again be replaced inside by linebacker Larry Grant. Grant was credited with 9 tackles in the loss to the Cardinals. The two other players on the 49ers injury report, fullback Bruce Miller and wide receiver Braylon Edwards are both expected to play Monday night after being listed as questionable with knee injuries on Saturday.