Webster could miss two months

Jason Webster appeared in the media room at 49ers headquarters late Monday afternoon with crutches underneath both elbows and a huge brace running the length of his right leg. He then attempted to put a bright face on his latest injury situation. The damage to Webster's right knee is not season-ending or career-threatening, but it will keep him out the first month of the season, and perhaps an even longer period than that.

"I've been here before," the 49ers starting right cornerback said. "Now I just have to do everything I can to get back on the field and let God handle the rest."

Webster, who missed spring drills and the first three weeks of training camp with a left ankle injury that required surgery May 29, injured his knee Sunday during his first padded practice since coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list. Webster was covering rookie receiver Brandon Lloyd on a pattern when both leaped high in the air for a pass thrown by quarterback Jeff Garcia. Webster came down awkwardly on his right foot and heard an ominous pop in his leg.

"I had no idea what it was," Webster said. "I just knew that when I landed, I felt a pop to the outside and my knee didn't feel right." Webster underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam later that afternoon that revealed a hypextension injury with severe posterior capsule sprain coupled with an anterior impaction injury, or fractured right tibia. Despite the damage, Webster won't require surgery. He'll wear his brace and be on crutches for the next two weeks and already has begun rehab procedures. He's expected to be out between four and eight weeks, according to Niners coach Dennis Erickson.

"The base part of his knee - ACL, MCL and all the stuff - is stable," Erickson said. "There's a little bit of damage and some bruising in there that created a lot of swelling. On the good side, he will be back and play most of the season. On the other side, he's going to miss some of the early-season games. He is a warrior and it wouldn't surprise me to see him back early." Webster took it slow returning from his ankle injury, which he says is now "100 percent." Relieved that he won't need surgery, Webster already has begun ice and stimulation on the knee and will attempt a quicker comeback now that the season is approaching.

"It was very disappointing to get injured again after all the work I put in during the offseason," Webster said. "But after I got through the initial frustration of getting injured again, I realized that just dwelling on it and thinking about it wasn't helping it to move forward. And right now I have to focus on moving forward and doing everything I can to get back. After I got over that initial frustration, I just wanted to take care of it and take care of what needs to be taken care of as quick as possible. I just know I can control what I can control, and that's working as hard as I can to get myself in position to get back as soon as possible."

Webster's position in the starting lineup goes to Mike Rumph, who has been playing there throughout the spring and training camp. Rumph started both of San Francisco's preseason games at right cornerback. If he wasn't starting in place of Webster, Rumph would be the team's nickel back.

When asked if the Niners now might be in the market for another cornerback, general manager Terry Donahue said, "Well, we're always in the market. We're always trying to look for corners. But I think that's going to work out OK. We're going to lose (Webster) for a few weeks, but he'll be back."

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