SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The jaw injury that knocked out San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker Saturday could sideline him for the rest of the year. But for head coach Jim Harbaugh, he remains optimistic on Walker’s recovery.
“He’s going to be out for a period of time,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know how long it’ll be. There’s a possibility he could be back in time for the postseason. We will know more in a week or 10 days.”
Harbaugh said that he will have to decide whether or not a roster move needs to be made. He’s hopeful that none needs to be made if Walker is ready to return in the postseason.
“We’ll see what to do with the roster,” he added. “But if he’ll be back for the postseason, then no roster move. If he can be back, he will be back.”
Harbaugh said that Saturday’s game against the Seahawks was a tough battle of what the playoffs would be like and compared it to a boxing match.
“Momentum was building for them,” Harbaugh said. “Felt like a heavyweight fight, trying to knock us out early.”
Harbaugh also said that he was very proud of the 41-yard catch by receiver Michael Crabtree that helped set up the go-ahead field goal. He also praised linebacker Larry Grant’s forced fumble at the end of the game.
“In a lot of ways, Crab saved Christmas,” Harbaugh said. “Thought Larry Grant did as well. David Akers – in that mix. Made it a lot merrier.”
When asked about the play, Harbaugh said that the play was clean without any pushoffs. He said that if anyone said that the play was illegal, that they’re wrong.
“There was nothing illegal about that play,” Harbaugh said. “Full of bologna, a bunch of bologna. It was a great play by Michael and a great throw by Alex [Smith].”
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“It’s legitimate to say there’s probably going to be … or deserving to be 9 or 10 or 11 guys.”
- WR Kyle Williams’ injury will be a wait and see approach. Harbaugh said that the play was not clean as Williams had given himself up before the hit.
- Harbaugh will watch some of the Monday Night Football game between the Falcons and Saints. A Falcons win gives the 49ers the #2 seed in the playoffs. But Harbaugh said that regardless of outcome, 49ers are going to play to win against the Rams on Sunday.
- Harbaugh said he didn’t need to use any bulletin board material for Saturday’s game. He knew about Scot McCloughan’s comments but didn’t care about it.
- Will any of Harbaugh’s playoff experience as a player help out in his coaching? He might try to give some advice to the team on it.
“I’d like to think so. We’re in the advice-giving business.”