Shaw and McNown Progressing
October 14 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers drafted defensive tackle Josh Shaw despite his suffering a dual ligament injury in his knee. The team’s expectations for Shaw remain critically high, despite Shaw’s progress needing time. Shaw has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since he arrived at 49ers headquarters.
This coming week, the 49ers will have a three week window to activate Shaw onto their active roster. If they fail to activate him the team will have the choice to release him or place him on the injured reserved, ending his season. It is highly unlikely that the team would release the promising draft pick.
The team however, won’t likely activate him either. Shaw has begun to run, and participates in individual football drills with the 49ers strength and conditioning coordinator Jerry Attaway. While the progress has been good, the 49ers will likely let Shaw take the entire season to rehabilitate so that he can be 100% for next off-season.
The team has this luxury because Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield have proven to be durable and effective, while backup Jim Flanigann has been effective in the rotation. While the team would like a fourth defensive tackle, it’s not viewed as a necessity, especially considering Sean Moran can play tackle as well as end.
Quarterback Cade McNown is already on the injured reserve. McNown underwent surgery on his AC joint in his throwing shoulder. The surgery has reportedly done wonders for McNown, who is expected to begin throwing later this week. The 49ers are quite happy with their backup quarterback right now, but a healthy McNown is certainly worth the look this off-season.