Stokes On Taiís Side
November 1 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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JJ Stokes was finally asked about his feelings towards Tai Streets, who has all but taken Stokes job away from him while he was injured. Stokes has returned to the practice field this week, and he is rariní to go, but he is encouraged by the performance of Streets in the offense. The 49ers expect Stokes to be active this Sunday against the Raiders.
"He did a little one-on-one (in Wednesday's practice), which is more than he did last week," 49ers coach Steve Mariucci said. "He looked better to me than he did a week ago, so hopefully that will stay on course. He did a little bit of everything today."
Stokes explained that for the rest of the week he would try and go all out in practice to test his knee. If he isnít able to go full speed in practice, he will of course reel back and just try and get as much work done as possible.
In regards to Streets, Stokes said: "I don't particularly worry about Tai, I worry about myself getting back in, I'm extremely happy for Tai. If he comes to me for anything, I have always gone out of my way for him. That's just the way I know. I'm happy for him. I'm just looking forward to myself getting back in there."
Streets had similar sentiments about Stokes returning to the field: "I just try to go out there and play hard. Whatever happens, happens. Of course I want to be more involved. With J.J. coming back, it's going to add more power to our arsenal so it can make for a very explosive offense. We've got to get everybody involved."
As for who will start this Sunday Mariucci said it was a possibility that Streets would start. "We have to decide what is best for us all the way around." Mariucci said, which is distinctly different than his comment earlier this season, where Mariucci said that Stokes, like any other player would not lose their starting job due to injury.
Further - Jamie Winborn remains doubtful despite doing some running. The 49ers will hope Winborn is ready to return next week. Dave Fiore is also working vigorously on his rehab, he is now walking without crutches.