Between 41 points, 313 yards through the air and 259 yards on the ground, plenty went right for the San Francisco 49ers in a 41-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Unfortunately, it came with a big price.
Niners’ Joe Staley out with broken fibula
Joe Staley, the Niners’ Pro Bowl left tackle, broke his left fibula against the Bengals and will be out 6-8 weeks. On the bright side, he will not be placed on season-ending injured reserve, per NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan.
The injury seemed to come in a freak accident on a run by Raheem Mostert. Staley was carted off after limping to the Bengals sideline.
Here’s the play on which #49ers LT Joe Staley sustained his fractured left fibula. Raheem Mostert ran into Staley’s leg from behind. A freak injury. Staley said he is expected to be out from 6 to 8!weeks. (Photo @JCGar75) pic.twitter.com/5qdVY9OTs7— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 15, 2019
That’s obviously a brutal blow for the Niners, who have received at least 13 games from Staley every season since 2010.
If Staley recovers in six weeks, the optimistic end of his recovery window, the team will be without him for games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers.
The 35-year-old Staley signed a two-year, $28 million contract extension this offseason and is set to make up $36 million over the next three seasons.
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