49ers rookies excited to see their jerseys in lockers

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49ers rookies excited to see their jerseys in lockers

Rookies and selected veterans reported Saturday for the opening of 49ers training camp in Santa Clara.

After seeing his jersey in his locker, Deante Purvis, a rookie cornerback from UNLV, tweeted, First Time ever having my name on my Jersey. Blessedinstagr.ampNXKvdDNXEp Deante Purvis (@humptypurvis20) July 21, 2012Likewise, Al Netter, a rookie offensive lineman from Northwestern tweeted, What a great bday present! twitter.comAlNetterstatu Al Netter (@AlNetter) July 21, 2012Jason Slowey, whom the 49ers drafted in the sixth round (No.199 overall), tweeted,Never had a jersey with my name on it b4 instagr.ampNXHpBgrlkQ Jason Slowey (@JasonSlowey) July 21, 2012Kourtnei Brown, a rookie linebacker from Clemson, also tweeted a picture of his jersey.

All four players have "work to do" to make the 49ers' 53-man roster.
The players will get some practices together before the veterans are scheduled to report on Thursday. The practices involving the rookies will be closed to the media.The first full-squad practice is slated for Friday. The team's first practice in pads is scheduled for Sunday, July 29.The 49ers open the exhibition season on Friday, Aug. 10, against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.