Harbaugh back to work with no limits


Harbaugh back to work with no limits

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh walked through the 49ers' locker room Friday during the lunch period. It was just another day at work after a day that was decidedly abnormal.
"There he is," 49ers guard Alex Boone said, approaching Harbaugh. "The man, the myth, the legend."Harbaugh, who was named NFL Coach of the Year a year ago in his first season as 49ers coach, was back on the job after undergoing an electrical cardioversion -- or a cardiovert. It's a procedure in which paddles that supply an electrical current are used to reset the heart's rhythm back to its regular pattern."Definitely, good to be back," Harbaugh said. "Driving over here yesterday and you're not here and the rest of the team is practicing, it's not a good feeling. I've had that dream before -- many times -- where you're supposed to be taking a test or the team's out there practicing and you're not out there."

REWIND: Harbaugh undergoes heart procedure
Harbaugh said he's had an atrial flutter for "pretty close to all my life." Thirteen years ago when he was in training camp as a quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, Harbaugh had an ablation to deal with the condition. He missed a day or two of practices, he said.On Wednesday evening, Harbaugh said he felt as if he heart was beating faster than normal. He went to Stanford Hospital for tests. On Thursday, he returned for the cardiovert.
With the procedure a success and his heart rate back to normal, Harbaugh said there will be no restrictions on his coaching. He has been advised to limit his caffeine intake and improve his diet. He said he did not get any recommendations on stress reduction from his physician.After undergoing the procedure on Thursday, Harbaugh said he went to the 49ers' practice facility and watched about an hour of practice as the 49ers prepare to face the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties


On eve of game vs Rams, 49ers only have two healthy safeties

Starting safety Eric Reid will not be available for the 49ers on Thursday night, and the other presumptive starting safeties are questionable, too.

Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and Jaquiski Tartt (neck) went through limited practice Wednesdsay and are listed as questionable to face the Los Angeles Rams in front of a national television audience at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday night.

Ward and Tartt are expected to be available for the game, but the 49ers’ only healthy safeties are rookies Lorenzo Jerome and Adrian Colbert.

Reid is expected miss more than one game with a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Reid is listed as out for Thursday’s game, along with linebacker Reuben Foster.

The 49ers medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot to stabilize his high right ankle sprain. General manager John Lynch said Foster is making good progress, but the 49ers are going to be cautious with him.

“The one thing I know is that freak athletes tend to be freak healers, as well,” Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He wanted to play the first week in the boot. That’s just the way he’s wired. We got to make sure he’s all the way healthy before we put him in, and we’re going to do that.”

Tight end George Kittle (hip) and linebacker Eli Harold (foot) are questionable for the game and are expected to play. Kittle sustained his injury during the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Harold was stepped on during a practice this week.

49ers injury report
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Eric Reid (knee)
LB Eli Harold (foot)
TE George Kittle (hip)
S Jaquiski Tartt (neck)
S Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

Shanahan: 49ers need Hoyer to step up

The 49ers entered the regular season feeling as confident in quarterback Brian Hoyer as anyone on the offensive side of the ball.

But Hoyer has struggled through the worst back-to-back games of his 33-start NFL career. And the 49ers need him to get going, beginning Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"I want him to get his edge back. I want him to get his confidence,” Shanahan said Wednesday on the KNBR Morning Show.

“We need Brian to step up, and we need everyone around him to step up.”

In the first two games of the season, Hoyer has completed 62.9 percent of his 62 pass attempts but for just 292 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is a lowly 60.7.

The 49ers have scored only four field goals and no touchdowns on their 21 offensive possessions in losses to Carolina and Seattle. Moreover, the 49ers have converted just four of 23 (17.4 percent) of their third-down attempts.

The quick turnaround on Thursday at Levi’s Stadium is something Hoyer said he welcomes this week -- of all weeks.

Last season with the Chicago Bears, Hoyer did not throw for fewer than 300 yards in any of his four full games. On Sunday in the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seahawks, he managed just 99 yards passing.

“It was a tough game and now we move on,” Hoyer said. “Thankfully, this week we get to move on really quick and move on to LA.

”You get to put the last one behind you and move on to the next.”