Safety Net Thinning
August 12 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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One of the deepest positions on the 49ers roster, safety, is now in jeopardy of being too thinned. The safety spot once had a bunch of healthy players backing up starters Zack Bronson and Tony Parrish. Now, only Ronnie Heard is left from the bunch, with Al Blades, and Kevin Curtis rehabbing injuries and John Keith just beginning to get back into regular practice.
The latest injury, to rookie Kevin Curtis occurred in the Chiefs game. Originally, it was thought that Curtis sprained his MCL, but an MRI yesterday revealed that Curtis injury was actually a torn MCL, a much harder injury to recover from. The 49ers medical team will talk with Keith today about his rehabilitation process, and no estimated time for recovery has been released.
The MCL ligament, located in the knee is one of two key knee ligaments. An injury to the MCL however is far easier to recover from than an ACL injury. Rookie defensive tackle, Josh Shaw is currently on the mend from tearing both his MCL and ACL ligaments.
Al Blades continues to where a protective boot in camp. His injury however is expected to take less time to recover.
The 49ers will likely turn to John Keith to get back into the swing of things. With only three really healthy safeties on their roster, they will need Keith to help fill out the depth chart. The team may also ask cornerback Rashad Holman to try out for the position.
The 49ers have not been this thin at safety in a long time. They will do everything they can to try and fill the void, but certainly they are feeling the injury bug in this formerly very deep position.