Battle Breaks Hand, Catches Key Pass

It’s third-and-4, the play comes in from the sideline and QB Alex Smith knows he’s going to have to complete a pass late in the fourth quarter to sew up the game.

So, of course, he’s going to look to throw to the guy with the broken hand.

WR Arnaz Battle played most of Sunday’s game with a broken left hand – postgame X-rays revealed a fracture on the outside of his hand – but he still made all the catches he had to make. Battle had four receptions on third downs to keep drives alive.

“That’s big for us,” Battle said. “There was a lot of emphasis on third-down conversions because we struggled early in the year.”

The 49ers, who entered the game with a lowly 30.9-percent conversion rate on third downs, were successful on 10 of 19 (53 percent) on Sunday in their 19-13 victory over the Lions.

Battle is really emerging as a steady, reliable receiver. He was scheduled to undergo further examination on the hand today, but said he did not believe he would miss any playing time.

“It’s nothing major,” Battle said.

That’s what I expected him to say. A lot of times players make it through a game because of the adrenaline. We’ll see as the week progresses if he’ll be ready to face the Seahawks.

~ by O9 Productions on November 13, 2006.

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