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July 28, 2008
Staley: It wasn't a bug bite

Just chatted with Joe Staley, who arrived at training camp for the first time since his foot infection scare. Staley was walking around on crutches but he said the swelling in his right foot, which was extensive as recently as three days ago, has subsided considerably. He said he hoped to hit the weight room today and to possibly do some individual drills on the field tomorrow.

Staley said it wasn't a bug bite that started the infection. Instead, he got a small cut on his foot - possibly while walking at the beach - that started everything. The cut was on the bridge of his foot, but when celulitis - an infection of the deep subcutaneous tissue of the skin - set in, the foot ballooned.

"I couldn't stand on it, it was so swollen," Staley said. "They said it was, like, bad luck."

He said doctors treated the foot aggressively. When he went to the hospital, he was given three IV bags of antibiotics and he also has been taking oral antibiotics. With Damane Duckett (knee) also sidelined, Barry Sims has been filling in at left tackle.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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