49ers notebook: Extra rest before Rams game

49ers notebook: Extra rest before Rams game

Dec. 23, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- The 49ers should be healthy -- relatively speaking, of course -- for their key NFC West game against the St. Louis Rams."I think right now everybody is day-to-day," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said Tuesday. "So far so good."Linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes played last week against the San Diego Chargers and combined for 20 tackles just four days after sustaining broken right hands. The 49ers took advantage of the extra time off to rest up over the weekend.

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Running back Anthony Dixon was not slated to practice as he continues to receive treatment for a left ankle sprain. Dixon sustained the injury on the fourth-and-goal play early in the second quarter that was stuffed for a 2-yard loss. The swelling has been reduced, and he expects to play Sunday.Brian Westbrook typically does not practice during the week, as the 49ers like to keep him fresh.
DeShawn Wynn is the only other running back on the 49ers' 53-man roster.Linebacker rotation: With outside linebacker Travis LaBoy out for the season with a knee injury, the 49ers will rely on a rotation of three players: starters Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson, along with backup Ahmad Brooks.RELATED: Travis LaBoy done for season with knee injury
"We've gone with a three-man rotation before (last season), so I think that's what we're looking at this time around," Singletary said.Rookie Thaddeus Gibson, who has not suited up for a game this season, is not expected to see action on defense. He might be active and contribute on special teams, though.Practice squad: The 49ers added two players on their practice squad Tuesday after the promotions of defensive lineman Will Tukuafu and tight end Colin Cloherty to the active roster.
Kicker Fabrizio Scaccia and offensive lineman Dennis Landolt (Penn State). Scaccia kicked for Sacramento of the UFL this season. He is best known for kicking the longest field goal without a tee, as he nailed a 68-yarder while with the Port St. Lucie Bobcats of Florida Football Alliance in 2009.The other six members of the 49ers practice squad are: quarterback Nate Davis (Ball State), running back Xavier Omon (Northwest Missouri State), guard Nick Howell (Southern California), and wide receivers Bakari Grant (UC Davis), Kevin Jurovich (San Jose State) and Lance Long (Mississippi State).

Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos


Despite injury concerns, Foster, Bowman play 20 snaps in exhibition vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.

There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.

NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.

With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.

New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick


New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick

NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.

The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.

He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.

The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."

One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."

He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.

"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.