Joe Staley was in good spirits Monday after being sent to the hospital a day earlier with a fractured orbital bone around his right eye.
The 49ers offensive tackle confirmed he was caught off guard by a blindside hit from Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox during an interception return in the 33-10 loss. Staley said Cox’s hand must have gotten inside his face mask as the defender delivered the blow.
The NFL is reviewing the play for potential discipline and possible suspension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday.
While tests after the game showed a fracture, Staley said his eye was not affected and that his vision is fine.
“Which is rare, apparently,” he said of orbital-bone injuries.
That means he will not need surgery. Staley did not know his prognosis, although it’s believed he’ll be back in the field sometime this season.
The 49ers (0-8) host the Arizona Cardinals (3-4) on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.