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).

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.