August 30 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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We are now less than a week away from Kick Off Thursday, when the 49ers will travel to New York to play the Giants. The team is still banged up, but likely will be hurting a little less by the time Thursday does roll around.
Jeff Ulbrich obviously tops the injury list. Ulbrich is not expected to return until the St. Louis game. His injury has now been diagnosed as partially torn medial collateral ligament, a slightly torn posterior capsule and a deep bone bruise instead of a hyper extention. The injury is worse than originally thought, but Ulbrich is recovering quickly, and already off crutches. John Engelberger is out, possibly for slightly less time while he recovers from an appendectomy.
Reggie McGrew, Fred Beasley, Tai Streets, Sean Moran, and Jim Flanigan, are all expected to participate in the game, despite missing time in the final exhibition game. Jeremy Newberry will be back too, as he was in the final pres-season game.
Offensive lineman Ron Stone may need one more week to recover, but the 49ers are hopeful that he will be back in action to play in the opening game. Stone did not play in the 49ers final pre-season game, but has resumed practicing with the squad.
Rashad Holman has bruised ribs and is questionable for the game. Other than that, the team has a few probable players, including Derek Smith with a big toe injury, Matt Willig who has a forearm injury, and Cedrick Wilson who played with an injured sternum against the chargers.
Providing the 49ers can get these guys some valuable rest time in the next 6 days, they should be ready to take it to the Giants on opening day.