Originally posted by VDSF:
Jim Harbaugh challenges Braylon Edwards
SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday sounded as if he was challenging Braylon Edwards after the wide receiver was held out of Monday's game against the Steelers.
Although Edwards has been battling a nagging knee injury, Harbaugh said Edwards was inactive for the game because other receivers – namely Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn – had been practicing better and playing better in games.
Ginn, however, left Monday's game in the third quarter because of a knee injury. Harbaugh said he didn't know how long Ginn will be out, but he indicated the 49ers would not add another player at that position.
He said he thought Edwards would meet the challenge, instead.
"We'll see with Ted," Harbaugh said. "But I think Braylon should be ready to go, and we look for a good week of practice there."
Willis speaks – Patrick Willis said he's made "significant progress" since suffering a hamstring strain Dec. 4, but the linebacker would not give a timetable for his return.
Willis said he is merely following the instructions of the team's training staff.
"I'm just taking it day-to-day and being smart," he said. "Each day, my whole mindset is to get better with no setbacks. We've certainly done that. So we continue to work and, when they pull the chains off, to come back just as strong as I left off – if not better."
These last two games are the last chance for Edwards. If he even wants an offer of a contract based on making the team next season, he has to do something good now. The team very much needs what he can do when he is healthy. He could be a big asset in the playoffs.
Knee injuries can linger sometimes but still he needs to show something. Hard to believe this guy was once considered the best overall player in the draft.