I'm wondering if the Michael Lewis concussion situation (2 concussions within 11 days), has become a meaningful factor in shaping the Final 53 roster. I would not be surprised if the club is very concerned about Lewis' abilty to continue to perform at a high level over 16 or more games. I could even envision Lewis' family convincing him to retire, right now, before the season.
Lewis has played through a variety of significant injuries over the last 2 years, that would have sent a lesser man to the IR. Lewis has been a warrior in every sense. But Singletary's comments about the 2 concussions being unrelated smacks of naivete. Of course, one concussion makes a player more susceptible to the next one. That's a medical fact. Ask Steve Young.
So, we see the very green Curtis Taylor, who seems to have a lot of Michael Lewis' hitting ability, contimue to stick on the 53-man roster, instead of taking a PS spot (say, in place of roster-fodder, WR Dobson Collins). I liked what I saw from Taylor vs San Diego, and I suspect that the Niner coaching staff did also. Because of the uncertainty surrounding Michael Lewis, I see Taylor'roster spot as more firm, than it otherwise might be. But if Michael Lewis cannot go, the Niners would be pretty green at safety, with Goldson (FS) and Roman (SS), as the starters, and Smith (FS) and Taylor (SS), as the back-ups. That's a disconforting situation, when coupled with an uncertain pass rush.
When/if they need to clear another spot for Crabtree, I expect that the most likely candidate to waive would be Spurlock or one of the 7 DL, not Taylor.