Harbaugh: Jacobs, James avoid long-term injuries

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Harbaugh: Jacobs, James avoid long-term injuries

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HOUSTON -- Coach Jim Harbaugh found himself on the 49ers' post-game injury report with a pounding headache.The 49ers withstood a couple scary moments Saturday night when running backs Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James were taken to the X-ray room at Reliant Stadium on carts. But Harbaugh reported that neither sustained a season-ending injury.Harbaugh's headache was a result of his yelling constantly at the replacement refs -- something he said he was prohibited from talking about, by the way.
But Harbaugh was happy to disclose Jacobs' injury is not as bad as initially feared after Houston Texans' cornerback Kareem Jackson hit Jacobs squarely on the knee with his helmet while his left foot was planted in the ground."He's going to miss a little time," Harbaugh said of Jacobs' injury, following the 49ers' 20-9 loss to the Texans at Reliant Stadium."I don't think it's anything . . . the ACL is good. The patella is good. It'll be some time, but we'll see. It's not the you-don't-come-back-from variety."Jacobs, who is being envisioned as the 49ers' short-yardage back, was injured at the end of an 8-yard run. It was his only offensive snap of the game.James, a second-round draft pick from Oregon, sustained his left ankle injury late in the game. X-rays were negative, Harbaugh indicated."Things look good, X-ray-wise, and it's calming down for him," Harbaugh said."It just twisted," James said. "I was actually blocking somebody and somebody hit me and I was planted, and my leg got caught. I went one way and the leg stayed put."James said he would be at practice on Monday, though he was advised that the 49ers' training staff might have a say in the matter."Coach Harbaugh always says we're building a callous, and that's what I'm going to do," he said. "I ain't going to miss any practice. I owe it to my teammates and myself to practice hard each and every day. I'm not going to let an injury . . . if I can't walk, that's a different story. But if I can walk, I can practice. That's how I feel."Inside the 49ers' locker room there was a sense of relief that neither Jacobs nor James would be out for an extended chunk of the season from the injuries they sustained Saturday."I haven't talked to those guys, but it's something good, obviously," left tackle Joe Staley said. "Those are two guys who are going to be key for our team this season. So we don't want to see them going down with anything serious."Said quarterback Alex Smith, "It's tough, no matter what. You hate seeing it in the preseason. Guys going out there trying to get work in to make the team. You want everybody both sides to come out healthy. It's tough to see guys get injured and beat up this early. Luckily, it looks like good news."

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.