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49ers Vs. Giants, 2012 NFC Championship Game: Delanie Walker Speaks About Jaw Injury, Hopeful To Play

San Francisco 49ers TE Delanie Walker was cleared for practice on Wednesday, and indications are that he'll be ready to play on Sunday as the Niners host the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants.

Walker suffered a fractured jaw the night before Christmas against the Seattle Seahawks, and has been sidelined since. He recently spoke with Matt Maiocco of, and talked about the recovery process and where he stands now.

Amongst the highlights of the interview, Walker disclosed that the wires that had been put in his mouth to assist the healing process have been removed, and that he wants to experience some contact in practice before the game, to reassure himself that he is ready to go.

After Tweeting earlier in the week that he expects to play, Walker told Maiocco that that decision will ultimately be made by the team doctors and coaches.

Given the stakes of the game and his participation in practice, count on Walker to be in uniform come Sunday.