|49ers LT Joe Staley will learn tomorrow if he will play Thursday against Seattle. (US Presswire)|
San Francisco 49ers LT Joe Staley expects to find out Wednesday if he will be cleared to play Thursday against Seattle after suffering a concussion Sunday against New York.
Staley began the evaluation process Monday when he met with neurologists and will have a contact-free workout on the field Tuesday.
"It's really out of my hands," Staley said. "If it was up to me, I would have played yesterday."
Staley said the concussion "wasn't that serious" and that he didn't suffer any memory loss from the game.
If Staley can't play, RG Alex Boone would play left tackle and veteran Leonard Davis would start in place of Boone, just like in Sunday's game when Staley left in the third quarter. Boone had been a tackle until the offseason, when he transitioned to right guard to replace Adam Snyder, who left in free agency for Arizona.
Boone still gets some reps at tackle in practice, but they are rare.
"Every once in a while I go out and they let me go out there and have fun, go wild, but for the most part it's right guard," Boone said. "I need all the reps I can get inside."
"It's like riding a bike. First play, I think anybody would have been shaky to see Osi Umenyiora out there," Boone said. "After I took my first kick step, I was like, 'I'm back home. I'm back to doing what I used to do and I love it.' Felt great out there, just got to produce more on offense."
For veteran C Jonathan Goodwin, the task remains the same no matter who is in the lineup.
"It really didn't change anything (when Staley got hurt)," Goodwin said. "Alex has taken some reps at LT in practice. I've got to play with both of the guys in those positions."
Santa Clara a finalist for Super Bowl 50: The NFL announced Tuesday that the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is a finalist for Super Bowl 50, which will be played in February 2016. South Florida is also a finalist.
If the 49ers don't win the bid, they will be up against Houston for the right to host the following year's game.
“We are excited to bid for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area since January of 1985," 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. "Nothing brings a region together like a Super Bowl. Now we have to work together to show the new stadium in Santa Clara will put on a great show.”
York also tweeted:
Too much Kaepernick? Coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman said there is some concern internally that too much of QB Colin Kaepernick could throw off the rhythm of the offense.
"I think that's a concern. I think that's always a concern," Roman said. "I think everything's a concern. It's something we've got to be mindful of. We've got to really take a look at it, and make the best decision for the team."
Kaepernick saw his most extensive playing time of the year in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Giants. He was 4 of 7 for 82 yards and ran twice for 6 yards.
Was using him too much disruptive against the Giants?
"I don't know that for a fact, but it is possible," Roman said. "We're always going to make those decisions in the best interest of the team, evaluate it and go from there."
Seahawks RBs have Bay Area roots: The top two RBs on Seattle's depth chart, Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, are Bay Area natives.
Lynch went to high school at Oakland Tech before starring at nearby Cal, and Turbin went to Irvington High in Fremont before playing at Utah State.
Lynch, who ranks No. 3 in the NFL with 549 yards on 128 carries, has a fan in 49ers RB Frank Gore.
"I love his game," Gore said. "Tough, physical, runs hard. He's a good running back."