49ers' Adams at full strength after 'Posey injury'

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49ers' Adams at full strength after 'Posey injury'

Aug. 27, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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It has been a long road back for 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams, who sustained the Buster Posey injury five months before Buster Posey.A week ago, Adams fielded a Raiders punt, darted between would-be tacklers Jon Condo and Josh Bullocks and then veered toward the right sideline. Adams showed a bust of speed he had not shown since camp opened en route to a 32-yard return.The play signified a significant development in Adams' comeback from a gruesome broken left ankle he sustained Dec. 26 while blocking on a kickoff return against the St. Louis Rams. Adams spent most of the offseason unable to run while the bone healed.The mental barrier Adams said he had to overcome was lining up 45 yards down field, all alone, to field a punt with opposing players bearing down on him. It's much like a catcher awaiting a throw from the outfield with a baserunner coming down the third-base line.
Adams does not know much about the Giants' catcher who sustained a season-ending injury in May in a collision at home plate. But he said his trainer told him that Posey's injury was identical to the one Adams sustained. It's an injury from which Adams now feels fully recovered.

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"Coach put me out there to see what I can do -- to see if I'm healthy enough to do it," Adams said. "And I am. I feel like I'm back to where I was.""You're very vulnerable in that situation when you're returning a punt. It's a risky situation, and it's one of the hardest things to do on the football field. The confidence was there in practice. The game was icing on the cake. I work hard in practices to catch punts."I think I can do punt returns in this league and on this team, and I'm getting the opportunity."The 49ers selected Adams of South Carolina State in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. He earned a roster spot and saw action, mostly on special teams, in the first 15 games before sustaining the injury.Adams is not eligible for the practice squad, so it's all or nothing for him as a second-year pro. He remains in a battle to earn a roster spot on a team that also features cornerbacks Carlos Rogers, Shawntae Spencer, Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock and rookie Chris Culliver."For me, it's climbing the mountain again," Adams said. "I'm used to dealing with adverse situations as a player. There are a bunch of great players at my position. I'll continue to work hard and earn the trust of my teammates and my coaches."The most important part is that Adams has regained the trust that he is healthy enough to give him a strong chance to succeed."My coaches believe my body is sound and they put me out there," Adams said. "I feel good. My body feels good. Practice has been good. Repetitions are going good. The team's going good, so I'm feeling good."

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.