The 49ers and Bucs are both preparing for a game that qualifies at the very least as “We’d reeeeeaaaaallllly like to win this.” As the 49ers prepare for this game they do so likely missing two of their starters, Joe Staley and Joe Nedney. Staley fractured his fibula last Sunday against the Rams and is out approximately four to six weeks. The team is hoping he could be back for a potential playoff game and thus has yet to put him on injured reserve.
Joe Nedney injured his knee on the opening kickoff of the Rams game but hung around long enough to kick the game-winning field goal in overtime. He had an MRI that revealed a right knee strain and a bone bruise. While he is not officially out for Sunday’s game, the odds are slim that he’ll play. The 49ers have actually signed former camp body Shane Andrus, which would seem to indicate Nedney is unlikely to play on Sunday.