Plummer hopes to play against Saints

<P>Ahmed Plummer walked gingerly as he left the 49ers locker room on Monday afternoon, looking stiff with every step. He hopes to be moving a bit more lively when he returns after the new year. </P>

Plummer, the Niners' talented second-year cornerback who's fourth in the NFC with seven interceptions, appears to have the most serious injury among San Francisco's regular starters coming out of last week's 27-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Plummer injured his right hip on San Francisco's first defensive play and missed the rest of the game.

Coach Steve Mariucci described the injury as a strained abdominal muscle, but Plummer said Monday afternoon that the injury is indeed in his hip. He is listed as questionable for the Saints game. But Plummer says he hopes to be ready to play in New Orleans after some rest and treatment.

"I'm still pretty sore," Plummer said. "But I'm going to do everything I can to get back. I'll be able to tell you more later in the week."

Defensive tackle Bryant Young underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam on his right shoulder after sustaining a stinger against the Cowboys. Young has had several stingers to the same shoulder this season. Young said the MRI was negative, and no bulging disk was found. He expects to play against New Orleans.

Offensive guard Ray Brown sprained his left elbow and may wear a brace on it this week. Fullback Fred Beasley, who broke his right hand Dec. 22 against Philadelphia, started and played with a cast against the Cowboys. But he had to leave the game in the third quarter after he hit the area that was broken and it began to swell. Beasley said he will get a new cast on his hand this week and will be ready to play against the Saints.

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