Edwards expected back on 49ers' practice field


Edwards expected back on 49ers' practice field

Coach Jim Harbaugh is hopeful an entirely healthy 49ers team will take the field Tuesday for the team's first practice after the bye week. The 49ers return to action Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park.
Harbaugh said he watched wide receiver Braylon Edwards run pass routes last week and was encouraged by what he saw. Edwards has not played since sustaining a torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee on Sept. 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. He underwent arthroscopic surgery the next day."(I) had a chance to watch him work out last week," Harbaugh said Monday in a conference call with reporters. "(I) anticipate seeing him out there tomorrow (Tuesday) and practice and hoping for good things."(I) watched him run and run routes. (I'm) hopeful that he'll come back tomorrow and good things will happen."Harbaugh said he also hopes to see fullback Moran Norris (fibula), outside linebackerParys Haralson (hamstring), right guardAdam Snyder (shoulder) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hand) healthy enough to practice Tuesday."Our wounds have almost healed," Harbaugh said. "We'll know better when get back on the field."Harbaugh said he does not have any policy that a starting player who is injured automatically gets his old job back. He said the player who is practicing and playing better will play. So Norris must earn his starting job back from rookie Bruce Miller.
"He's done a great job -- really pleased with what Bruce has done," Harbaugh said. "He's improved every week, too, which is really good. As far as when Moran is back and healthy and they're both in there competing at the same time, we'll see who's playing better, who's practicing better, gives us the better opportunity. That'll dictate who will start." Quarterback Alex Smith spent some of his own time at the 49ers' practice facility during the six days off."Yes, Alex participated in our 'opportunity practice' last Tuesday," Harbaugh said. "He threw again on Thursday. Don't know if he threw yesterday. I believe he'll throw some balls around today. But, yeah, he's working at it (and) keeps staying sharp. I don't think he wanted to go any longer than two, three days without throwing the ball. That's what he told me."I asked Harbaugh if Smith's fundamentals and footwork waned in the Detroit game?"It wasn't perfect, but I wouldn't say his fundamentals waned," Harbaugh said. When asked if the 49ers had any plan to send a representative to an open workout receiver Terrell Owens had scheduled Tuesday in the Los Angeles area, Harbaugh said, "Don't know anything about that."The 49ers do not figure to have a need at receiver with Edwards returning. The 49ers now have five healthy wideouts: Edwards, Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams and Brett Swain.

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.