Ginn hopes to be full-strength for playoffs


Ginn hopes to be full-strength for playoffs

SANTA CLARA -- Receiver Ted Ginn is unsure whether he will be available for the 49ers regular-season finale Sunday due to a left ankle sprain, but he is expected at full strength for the playoffs."I'm not trying to really rush it," Ginn said Monday.When asked if it's all about before ready for the playoffs, Ginn answered, "I wouldn't say that. It's about the next game. Try to go day by day. I don't want to think like that and take it day-by-day, and as the days go on, try to heal."Ginn sustained the ankle sprain last Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers while returning a kickoff. He did not suit up for the 49ers' 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.Tight end Delanie Walker's status is uncertain after sustaining what is believed to a fractured jaw in the first quarter against Seattle. Several teammates said they have not seen Walker since returning from Seattle.Coach Jim Harbaugh will be asked to update Walker's status during his press conference noon on Monday.
Receiver Kyle Williams, who sustained a concussion Saturday, said via Twitter that he was feeling a lot better. Williams must receive clearance from an independent neurologist before being allowed to return to action.Receiver Joshua Morgan will not return to action for the playoffs after being placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery in October to repair fracture above his left ankle. He had one of the screws removed recently, and walked Saturday for the first time without an orthopedic boot. He remains ahead of schedule, he said.

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

49ers' first pre-draft visit: Alabama LB Foster

PHOENIX – Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was the first of the 49ers’ 30 pre-draft visits to the team’s Santa Clara facility.

Team general manager John Lynch said the club has already met with Foster, an expected first-round draft pick and the likely top inside linebacker available in the draft.

“We brought in Reuben Foster,” Lynch said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “He came in, and we had a nice visit with him.”

Foster (6 foot, 229 pounds) was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. He won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker. Foster had a controversial trip to the NFL scouting combine. He was sent home after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”