SANTA CLARA – Joe Staley made himself available to talk at his locker this afternoon.
He spoke to a group of reporters and this is what he said.
Q: Where are you in your process of being cleared for Monday night?
STALEY: It’s all protocol. You’ve got to go through the steps and I’ve been passing all the steps and doing well, but it’s still in the doctors’ hands. I have no real say in this.
Q: Will the timeline of the protocol allow you to play on Monday night if you keep passing all the steps?
STALEY: I guess, yeah.
Q: Was today the first day you were out on the field?
STALEY: As far as practicing, yeah. I did a little bit of drills yesterday.
Q: Did you think you had a concussion after that first play of the game?
STALEY: No, that’s why I stayed in. That wasn’t it. I was just dinged up and I stayed in and I was fine. It was the second one.
Q: So at this point you have not been cleared for contact?
STALEY: Yeah, that’s tomorrow I guess.
Q: How did Boone play in place of you?
STALEY: He did well, played real well. Did a good job on the road, stepped right in. That’s who Boone is – a very detailed guy, a professional. He takes his job very seriously…If for some reason I can’t go, I expect him to real well this game.
Q: What do you know about the Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds? It seems like he has some talent.
STALEY: He does. He’s an up-and-coming guy, it’s only his second year but he’s got a lot of talent. He’s kind of built in the same mold as those other two guys, Woodley and Harrison – real stock, real athletic and strong guy out there and plays with a big motor. He’s definitely got talent. It’s not like there’s a big drop off. (James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley) are obvious their bell cows – defensive player of the year and a Pro Bowl guy – but (Worilds) is a good player. He could start on a lot of teams in the NFL.