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49ers' Edwards has incentive for return

Tarvaris Jackson had struggled against the Washington Redskins amid growing concerns over his torn pectoral muscle.

I wondered whether Jackson might be better off sitting out the remaining games to avoid suffering an injury serious enough to risk his 2012 season.

Retired Seahawks fullback Mack Strong raised a compelling counterpoint when we discussed the subject on a pregame radio show. Jackson, in his own mind, could not take for granted a roster spot next season. He had to keep playing. He did just that and played well against Philadelphia.

That exchange came to mind Wednesday upon reading reports suggesting the San Francisco 49ers' Braylon Edwards planned to return from injury this week. Last week, Edwards felt as though some down time might benefit his recovery from knee and shoulder injuries.

Strong showings from 49ers receivers Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams in Edwards' absence raised the stakes for the veteran wideout. Edwards' future with the 49ers is not secured beyond this season. He can take nothing for granted, particularly with the other receivers playing so well. Crabtree and Williams each had scoring receptions longer than 50 yards against St. Louis.

Perhaps Edwards can help his cause and the 49ers' red zone production.