Bay Area Opportunities Aplenty Due to Recent Injuries and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterNovember 27, 2012

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 11:  LaMichael James #23 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball up field during Rookie Minincamp at the San Francisco 49ers practice facility on May 11, 2012 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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With everyone focused on head coach Jim Harbaugh and his quarterback decision that is coming Wednesday, it's easy to forget a few roster changes are coming heading into Week 13. We learned yesterday that Kyle Williams has been put on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

#49ers WR and returner Kyle Williams will be placed on Injured Reserve with a torn ACL.

— Christian Hardy (@TheFFAddict) November 26, 2012

In Williams' absence it would be wise to expect first-round pick A.J. Jenkins to make his 2012 season debut against the Rams. Jenkins has been on the active roster all season long, yet he hasn't been active due to the fact the 49ers have too many good options at wide receiver.

Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Ted Ginn Jr. and Williams have all been better options up until this point. And when I mean better options, I don't always mean better performance-based options. For example, Ginn and Williams are better special teams players and and the other three receivers are bigger offensive threats.

Nevertheless, the fact that Jenkins has been sitting and waiting means he should be ready come Sunday.

Another position where opportunity has risen is at running back. Kendall Hunter left last Sunday's game with an ankle injury and it sounds as if he won't be active this week against St. Louis, which could mean a couple of different things.

We could see our first dose of rookie running back LaMichael James out of Oregon and Brandon Jacobs could see his first extended action of the season. He carried the ball twice against the Saints, yet only one of the two carries counted because the other was nullified by a penalty.

It's also worth noting that wide receiver/kick returner Chad Hall was signed to the practice squad just in case the 49ers need help at either position going forward. It will be interesting to see how many snaps Jenkins, James and Jacobs log during the final five games of the season.


Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Bonneville of the reports on center Lyle Sendlein being lost for the season due to a torn MCL.

Chad Middleton of Bleacher Report asks, where do the Cardinals go from here?

San Francisco 49ers

Mark Purdy of the Contra Costa Times examines the 49ers' new toy, Colin Kaepernick.

Dan Mori of Bleacher Report poses the question, will San Francisco's road to the Super Bowl be paved with gold?

Seattle Seahawks

Mike Sando of gives us his silvers linings from the Seahawks Week 12 showdown against the Dolphins.

Darin Pike of Bleacher Report does a good job of making a case for Russell Wilson as 2012 Rookie of the Year.

St. Louis Rams

Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Danny Amendola and Lance Kendricks stepped up big despite being injured.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report takes a look at what wide receiver Danny Amendola could garner in free agency.


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