49ers draw inspiration from Giants' World Series


49ers draw inspiration from Giants' World Series

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers were in their team hotel in Phoenix on Sunday night when the Giants won the World Series title with a sweep over the Detroit Tigers.
"Great, fantastic," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday, a day after the 49ers' 24-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. "All of our guys were watching Game 4, the night before the game. It was fantastic.RELATED: World Series Central
"The team has really gained a lot of inspiration from what the Giants have done this year. So many great team stories, so many great individual stories, and just champions."Outside linebacker Aldon Smith said he paid tribute to the Giants with his celebration after two sacks. Both times he took a baseball swing, as if hitting a home run, after dropping Cardinals quarterback John Skelton."The Giants, World Series champs!" Smith said Tuesday as he hurried out of the locker room after Harbaugh gave the 49ers the week off for the bye.RELATED: Alex Smith throws out first pitch
Harbaugh said he has not met Giants manager Bruce Bochy but hopes to meet him someday soon. Harbaugh appreciated how the Giants stuck together as a team through adversity, he said.
"There are so many ways there's an attack on the team mentality, the team concept from so many different directions," Harbaugh said. "The team that won't be divided, that stays together fights for each other, that one team at the season, they get called champions. That was really was evident with this San Francisco Giants team."

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas


John Lynch concerned about 49ers' top pick Thomas

On April 27, the 49ers selected Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

As of Thursday afternoon, he remains unsigned.

49ers general manager John Lynch addressed the media on Thursday and was asked about the defensive lineman's status.

Thomas missed most of the 49ers' offseason program because NFL rules stipulate that rookies who have not completed their undergraduate degrees are ineligible to join on a full-time basis until after their schools' final classes of the spring semester.

Stanford's late schedule put Thomas a little behind schedule.

“We have our iPads, so I’ll be able to watch film from that,” Thomas said in mid-May. “I talk to Josh (Garnett) quite a bit, and he’ll give me advice on how to go through this process – how to stay in touch, just keep learning along the way and keep progressing along the way.”