Jim Harbaugh sends clear message to Braylon Edwards

The San Francisco 49ers are lighting a fire under Braylon Edwards with hopes of getting him going for the postseason.

That’s how it looks anyway.

The veteran wide receiver was not active for Monday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at power-challenged Candlestick Park. Coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear the decision was performance-based, a pretty effective way of sending a message to a player that could be needed down the stretch.

Edwards’ presence could be even more valuable at this time after wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was injured in the victory, leaving with a sprained ankle.

Just based on the practices and the games,” Harbaugh said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Edwards missed four games earlier this season after having a scope done on his right knee. He suffered a sprained shoulder on Nov. 6 at Washington. Since, he’s caught four passes in four games and been inactive twice, per Maiocco.

We’ll see if the message makes it through to Edwards.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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