49ers notes: Akers returns to practice, etc.

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49ers notes: Akers returns to practice, etc.

SANTA CLARA -- Kicker David Akers on Wednesday was back on the practice field, where he was seen hitting a 50-yard field goal.

It was the same distance at which he missed his first kick on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He also had a 33-yarder blocked. Akers has made just 19 of 27 field-goal attempts this season.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers brought in veteran kickers Billy Cundiff and Nate Kaeding for workouts Tuesday because Akers has an unspecified injury. The 49ers plan to make no roster move because Akers appears to be fine.RELATED: 49ers look at kickers
"I think it'll probably be on the injury report that David Akers is working through something and we want to make sure that we have a Plan B," Harbaugh said.Tight end Delanie Walker, who sustained a right hip bruise while making a catch against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, said he was fine. He went through stretching drills with his teammates Wednesday but was not expected to practice.Walker sustained the injury on a hit from New Orleans safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, who was injured on the play. Walker remained in for several plays before leaving the game."I think when he hit me, he put his head down and hit me with the top of his helmet," Walker said, "and he probably knocked him out a little bit, just from the force of hitting me when I was jumping."The 49ers have an open roster spot. The club placed receiver Kyle Williams (knee) and running back Kendall Hunter (Achilles) on injured reserve. The 49ers filled one of the spots, activating undrafted rookie running back Jewel Hampton from the reservenon-football injury list.Harbaugh said the 49ers are still assessing what to do with their final roster spot."The sad thing for all of us is two known friends and trusted agents, Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter, are going to be out for the season," Harbaugh said. "Two guys that our football team loves and loves competing with, and they'll be back, but they're not going to be back this year."So the next guy has to step up and that's all our running backs -- Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon -- are going to have to do to fill the void that Kendall's leaving. We feel good about those guys."Harbaugh on the five-year extension the club worked out with All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman: "He's a true 49er, that's for sure, and he's a football player. And excited he'll be with us long term."

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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