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Depth Could Be Problem For Arizona Cardinals Against San Francisco 49ers

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By Jerrell Richardson

Gore and Staley Good to Go

The 49ers come into their very important game against division rival Arizona completely healthy. The only player who has missed any time in practice this week is Joe Staley. After recovering from a concussion last week, the offensive tackle has been battling a cough, but returned to practice on Saturday and will be ready to go on Monday. The only other concern is the ribs of Frank Gore, who showed no signs of being slowed down by his injury during this week of practice. San Francisco had the daunting task of playing a physical team after a short turn last week and is now reaping the rewards. Since their Thursday Night game, they have had the luxury of resting their injuries and will enter this game refreshed as well as healthy.

154369491 Depth Could Be Problem For Arizona Cardinals Against San Francisco 49ers

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Cardinals Missing Backups

The Cardinals will have the majority of their roster at their disposal, as only3 players are in jeopardy of not suiting up and two are back up defensive backs. With a plethora of players entering the game with some sort with some injury though, they can only hope that none become more serious throughout the course of the game. The Cardinals will face the unenviable task of facing one of the most physical teams in the league and their toughness will be put on display as the 49ers will look to wear them down and outlast their division foe. The biggest concern though is at the most important position on the field, the quarterback.

Can John Skelton Make It?

The Arizona starter has varied from week to week, and with Kevin Kolb out this week due to a rib injury, John Skelton will be getting the starting nod. Skelton is not 100% though, and comes into the game with a gimpy ankle, putting a ton of pressure on the Cardinals offensive line to keep him upright, and make sure that Ryan Lindley (3rd string) does not make an appearance. It’s no surprise that the Cardinals enter the game with concerns about their health of quarterback(s) as their offensive line has allowed 35 sacks on the year, which is by far tops in the league. For them to have any chance in this game they will need to keep the 49ers pass rush out of the pocket.

If the Cardinals can do a better job in protecting John Skelton, then they will be in a position to make the 49ers earn this one. The fact that they have so many players listed as injured is not good, but no real impact player (outside of Kevin Kolb) will be missing. In a game that will determine so much in terms of the division standings, with both teams coming into the game with their full roster available, the winner will have to earn it fair and square.

San Francisco 49ers

Questionable

Tackle: Joe Staley—Illness

Probable

Wide Receiver: Mario Mannigham—Shoulder

Quarterback: Alex Smith—Right Finger

Running Back: Frank Gore—Rib

Punter: Andy Lee—Hand

Linebacker: Tavares Gooden—Elbow

Arizona Cardinals

Out

Quarterback: Kevin Kolb—Ribs

Doubtful

Cornerback: Gregory Toler–Hamstring

Questionable

Cornerback: Jamell Fleming—Back

Tight End: Jim Dray—Knee

Tight End: Todd Heap—Knee

Safety: Kerry Rhodes—Back

Running back: Anthony Sherman—Knee

Guard: Adam Synder—Quadricep

Probable

Defensive Tackle: Darnell Dockett—Hamstring

Safety: James Sanders—Knee

Cornerback: Michael Adams—Hamstring

Defensive End: Calais Campbell—Quadricep

Linebacker: Quentin Groves—Hamstring

Linebacker: Paris Lenon—Ankle

Linebacker: O’Brien Schofield—Knee

Quarterback: John Skelton—Ankle

Linebacker: Reggie Walker—Head

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Jerrell Richardson is a Bay Area native who due to a college career at San Diego State University has grown an appreciation for all things sports related in California. His heart will always remain in San Francisco though where he currently resides and covers everything from the San Francisco 49ers and Giants to the San Jose Sharks and California Bears Baseball team. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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