Not only is Lady Luck smiling at the 49ers. She's writing down her phone number. A week after playing a Seattle team that was absolutely decimated at the receiver position, the 49ers will face a Saints team without Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey. My guy Mike Triplett, who used to write for The Bee but who is now at the Times-Picayune, writes that Shockey will miss three to six weeks with a sports hernia.
I talked to Triplett this morning and he said that receiver David Patten also is iffy and that left tackle Jammal Brown had to leave Sunday's game with a groin injury. All of which means, of course, that the 49ers are catching New Orleans at a particularly tender moment. Without Colston and Patten, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore would be the Saints' top two receivers.
For the 49ers, there were no new injuries since yesterday. Safety Keith Lewis (knee), safety Michael Lewis (elbow), safety Dashon Goldson (shoulder) and linebacker Jeff Ulbrich (ankle) all got nicked. Goldson was the only one who didn't return to the game but none of the injuries is considered long term.
Members of the 49ers secondary will exchange hard hits for hard hats tomorrow as they help build the 49th house for Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley. The 49ers and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have donated a combined $49,000 to the cause. Walt Harris, Mark Roman, Donald Strickland, Tarell Brown, Nate Clements, Reggie Smith and Marcus Hudson are expected to take part.
-- Matt Barrows