Leg Surgery for 49ers' Streets
Dec. 19, 2000
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers receiver Tai Streets will have surgery Tuesday on his broken right leg.
Streets, who spent Sunday night at Stanford Hospital, should be able to participate in the 49ers' minicamps next spring.
``Everything that's said medically is that Tai Streets is going to be fine,'' 49ers coach Steve Mariucci said. ``We're all optimistic that Tai will be terrific and very productive and everything we expected. I don't know if (the injury) changes anything. It just sets him back for four months.''
A metal rod will be inserted into Streets' leg and he will play next year with the rod supporting his right tibia, Mariucci said.
Streets has shown promise with 19 catches for 287 yards as San Francisco's No. 4 receiver this season.
He banged his leg into Glyn Milburn's helmet during a kickoff return in San Francisco's 17-0 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The surgery will be similar what 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young had before his comeback last season.
``There aren't a lot of receivers out there with a metal rod in their leg, but we've got a defensive lineman with one, and he's a great one,'' Mariucci said.
Running back Charlie Garner sprained a right knee ligament against the Bears, but he's expected to play in Saturday's season finale against Denver. Garner rushed for just 43 yards Sunday, putting him fourth in the NFC with 1,139 yards rushing.