Update: The Sacramento Bee is reporting that 49ers strong safety Michael Lewis has lost trust in the 49ers' organization and has asked for his release. Lewis will not travel with the team to Atlanta this weekend. Beyond saying that Lewis was absent for personal reasons, head coach Mike Singletary refused to elaborate as to the details of Lewis' predicament.
Fantasy Impact: As far as San Francisco's defense this Sunday, I think Matt Ryan and the Falcons are going to shred the 49ers in the Georgia Dome, regardless of whether Michael Lewis, Taylor Mays, or somebody else starts at strong safety. Going forward, they will lose something from a knowledge and experience standpoint if the organization does release or trade Lewis, but down the road, the benefits of starting Mays are greater, given his greater physical gifts than what Lewis has. As for the next team that Lewis plays for, there are plenty of teams with secondary issues that would love a strong safety with Lewis' brains, experience, and play-making ability to be the glue that holds a defensive backfield together. I could see the Giants, given that Michael Johnson is out for the season, and there are questions as to how durable Kenny Phillips can be, plus Antrel Rolle has not curried much favor from Tom Coughlin with his recent words and actions. I could see the Lions, with a good young free safety in Louis Delmas and decent young corners, going for a player like Lewis. I could also see the Patriots, given the secondary problems they've had this season, caused largely by the lack of experience in New England's secondary. Lewis is a Belichick-type player; smart, experienced, tough, and pays a lot of attention to detail.