Harbaugh's heart may force change of pace


Harbaugh's heart may force change of pace

Jim Harbaughs irregular heartbeat is exactly the stuff of a thousand jokes, most of them of the Twitter variety. In the modern world, there is, after all, no such thing as too soon.
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But it does raise an interesting notion, namely this. Given that NFL coaching is not really good for a persons health, one can ask the question, Does this mean he will become a different coach? And if so, how?Harbaugh is the classic high-intensity, no-time-for-media-prattle, hands-in-everything-up-to-the-elbows modern coach. Nothing isnt his business, nothing evades his desk. And no matter how he tries to compartmentalize his family and football lives, the second impinges aggressively upon the first.So, now that his heart has told him that occasionally downshifting from 33rd gear is indicated, it will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments he makes in his division of labor. After all, Dusty Bakers irregular heartbeat two months ago turned into a ministroke, and even though Baker has a good decade on him, stress is stress is stress.This is a question that cannot immediately be answered, nor would we be likely to get a straight answer from Harbaugh once he returned. Everythings fine, Nothing changes around here and Im as tough as a two-dollar steak would merge into a jut-jawed profile of the indomitable man.Conversely, we wouldnt see him shuffling through the corridors in fuzzy slippers and thick terrycloth hotel bathrobe, either. The truth, however it manifests itself, would lay somewhere in the middle.But this is a message from Harbaughs disobedient ventricles that halftime adjustments need to be made. Whether he chooses to do so is entirely his choice, though the faces of his wife and children might have some impact.Still, we will see how willing Jim Harbaugh is to learn from the lectures inside his breastplate. He fails to listen at his own peril.

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.