49ers' Lee wearing protective thumb brace, injury updates

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49ers' Lee wearing protective thumb brace, injury updates

SANTA CLARA -- NFL injury reports are not released until Wednesday, but it's possible that punter Andy Lee's name is included when this week's is published. He wore a protective splint favoring his right thumb in the 49ers locker room Tuesday.

Are there any doubts about being able to play against the Lions on Sunday?

"No, not in my mind," Lee said after indicating he was not allowed to talk about it. It's important the hand is healthy, as Lee uses it as the 49ers' place holder for extra points and field goals.

Lee suffered the injury while attempting to tackle Packers return man Randall Cobb in the 49ers' 30-22 win. The kicker seemed equally concerned that his special teams unit allowed a touchdown after going all last season without doing so.
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Cobb's 75-yard touchdown return wasn't without its controversy, though. There appeared to be a number of blatant Green Bay blocks in the back -- most notably on Anthony Dixon -- that sprung Cobb.

Lee was diplomatic in his assessment, avoiding commentary about the officiating.

"I think I could have hit a little higher punt," Lee said. "But then again, I think we had some decent position on it. I think the guys did a decent job and there was just some, uh, things that were there that, uh, I guess caused them not to be able to get into their positions. I can't speak for any calls that were made.

"It's good that it happens early," Lee said. "It's something we can learn from and move forward this year, all of us."
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Lee averaged 51.2 yards in his first five punts of 2012, pinning three of them within the Packers' 20-yard line.

Brandon Jacobs and Ted Ginn, both of whom missed Sunday's game, each appeared healthy in the 49ers locker room on Tuesday.

"Feels good," Jacobs said, "No updates."

At one point, Jacobs stormed through the locker room curtains like a new sheriff in an old western town, turned to a young man that his intimidating figure towered over and growled, "What are you looking at?" before cracking a smile as he bounded off on his way.

Left guard Mike Iupati appeared to be limping and favoring his right leg after the win Sunday, but he looked limber in the locker room and had nothing to say about any injuries.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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