posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 09:03 AM
Four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bryant Young is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur from his left ankle and is expected to be
sidelined for at least two weeks.
The absence of Bryant, one of the league's top run-stuffing tackles, will be a major blow for the Niners, who lost starting defensive tackle Dana
Stubblefield in the close season.
Jim Flanigan, who was signed to replace Stubblefield, has barely practiced in training camp due to a leg injury.
Bryant, 31, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Niners and is third in club history with 63 sacks, but had just two last season.
The 6ft 3in, 291-pound lineman often attracts double teams, freeing up the linebackers to attack the backfield.
San Francisco ranked seventh against the run last season.