October 30 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Itís been a while since the 49ers received good news from MRI exams. But on Monday, the team had two players undergo MRIs, and both results came back with no further damage than what was expected to the players. Bryant Young and Jeff Ulbrich are thus both looking forward to playing this week.
Bryant Young strained his shoulder, there was no dislocation. Young didnít leave the game against the Cardinals, and is probable for this coming week.
Jeff Ulbrich left the game with what was diagnosed as a hyper extended knee. The injury was to the same knee that Ulbrich injured this pre-season, and so he did not return to the game, with the 49ers fearing greater damage. The MRI revealed a bone bruise and the hyperextension. Ulbrich is questionable for this week, but expects to start.
Garrison Hearst left the Cardinal game too, his hamstring had tightened up on him. Mariucci stated that Hearst was sore, and that heíll be limited in practice, but is expected to play this week. Mariucci also stated that Jamie Winborn will begin individual drills this week but isnít expected play. Eric Johnson is questionable with a bulging disc in his back.
Itís the best news the 49ers have had regarding injuries in recent weeks. Players are banged up, but willing to play hurt, and others are beginning to return to the field. The team has had more than its share of injuries this season and the team hopes that they have reached the end of the horrid period.