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December 6, 2013
Staley: "Preparing to play" against Seahawks

Joe Staley said he plans to play in Sunday's pivotal game against the Seahawks. The 49ers' left tackle practiced on a limited basis Thursday and said he will be back on the field today. He said on 95.7 The Game on Friday morning that the MCL sprain to his right knee Sunday was not severe.

"But also it was one of those issues in the game they put me down, wanted me to get an MRI and thought I'd done some damage to it," he said. "But all the results came back pretty positive."

Staley said his status will depend on how the knee reacts in the next few days. "But yesterday was a good day," he said. "I was out there on the practice field, did some individuals stuff, and hopefully I'll do more stuff today."

If Staley starts, Alex Boone would go back to right guard and Joe Looney would be held in reserve. Another offensive lineman, Mike Iupati, suffered a more severe MCL sprain. If he misses his third straight start, Adam Snyder would fill in at left guard.

-- Matt 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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