San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary said last week there was no chance wide receiver Isaac Bruce would play in what likely will be the final game of his career, this Sunday in St. Louis against the Rams.
But those plans changed Monday when Singletary had a surprise visitor to his office: Second-year receiver Josh Morgan. It was Morgan who replaced Bruce as a starter midway through the season, first when Bruce suffered an ankle injury and then when it was decided Morgan deserved the playing time. Since that point, Bruce has been inactive for six of the last seven games and has not even practiced for the last month.
Morgan’s message to Singletary was simple and direct concerning Bruce: "He can start in front of me. I just want to see him play one last time."
So it was Wednesday, that when Singletary was asked about the potential for Bruce to play Sunday, he first said, “Strong possibility.”
When asked whether Bruce requested to play, Singletary said, “Actually, his teammates, which I think is much better. I had asked him earlier what his thoughts were on possibly playing in the game, if he thought about it or whatever. And he said, ‘Possibly not.’ Then, when I told him about his teammates asking me and inquiring about it, I think it was shocking to him. I’m excited about him finishing the way he should finish. So, I’m excited about that.”