49ers Fan Fest: Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker injury updates

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49ers Fan Fest: Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker injury updates

SAN FRANCISCO -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith might not step on the field for another exhibition game, but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh suggested he'll be ready for the team's regular-season opener.Smith sustained a right hip bruise in the 49ers' exhibition opener Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings."Pretty much what we thought the other night," Harbaugh answered when asked for an update. "We'll see. He'll be out for some time. Maybe a week or so. But I think he'll be back in a week, but we'll see."Smith will not be available for the 49ers' game Saturday against the Houston Texans. It also seems unlikely he'll play Aug. 26 against the Denver Broncos. The 49ers' final exhibition game is Aug. 30 against the San Diego Chargers, and many starters are rested in that game.The 49ers are not likely to take any chances prior to the team's regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
Following the 49ers' open practice Sunday at Candlestick Park, the club has another injury concern. Tight end Delanie Walker sustained a right knee injury and spent most of practice sitting on the bench with ice on his right knee.Harbaugh intimated Walker's injury is not likely to keep him out a significant period of time."We'll wait until we get some further results from the doctors, but I think we'll dodge another bullet there."The 49ers reported that 32,000 fans attended Fan Fest at Candlestick Park. Last year, a crowd of 8,000 attended. Here are some of Harbaugh's other post-practice comments:On the atmosphere, which included a lengthy autograph-signing period:
"I thought it was a real crisp practice. I thought it helped being out here. A lot of support for our team. I think they felt that from the moment they stepped on the field. It's great to have the fans here. It seems like there were four or five times more people here this year than there were last year. And they couldn't have been nicer. Our players really enjoyed it. They were really good to our team and we appreciate that."On the guy who ran onto the field:
"He called me 'Coach.' He said, 'Coach something.' I didn't say anything. I'm glad he was clothed. I'm glad he wasn't naked."Why did you make the offense run after they scored?
"That's the way we've been doing it this year. The winners get the opportunity to run."Can they defer?
"No, they can't defer. The winners get to get better. They get that opportunity."Scott Tolzien was your third QB in the game Friday. Is that going to move around during the preseason?
"It could. Possibly this next week Josh (Johnson) could go in third. And Scott fourth. But we'll see how it plays out this week in practice."Was what Tolzien did in the game representative of what he's been doing in practices?
"Yeah, I think it was pretty accurate of what he's been like. He's been real accurate in practice. He was accurate in the game. Good command of the offense. Really gets the ball out quick and makes some real accurate throws."Did you like how the team handled the Vikings blitzes?
"For the most part, I thought it was a real positive game when you look at the tape. A lot of data as we knew there would be. A lot of things to coach and teach from a positive aspect. And a lot of things we've been talking about showed up in the game. And they got a chance to see it in game action. This is a real important week for us. We'll grind this week. This will be a good, hard-working football week for our team. And see if we can make the most of it."

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”

 

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.