Improving Aldon Smith still iffy for Sunday's game


Improving Aldon Smith still iffy for Sunday's game

SANTA CLARA -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith put on the pads for practice Monday, but it's iffy whether he'll be available for the 49ers dress rehearsal for the regular season."At the rate I'm going, who knows?" Smith said Tuesday.He sustained a deep right hip bruise in the 49ers' exhibition opener Aug. 10 against the Minnesota Vikings. He spent most of last week hobbling around on crutches.When he went to the practice field Monday, Smith limped through individual drills and did not take part in any team work."I wasn't walking, now I'm walking," Smith said. "So we'll see what happens last week."When asked if he's still bothered, Smith answered, "A little bit."He added, with a smile, "It's really killing me. No, man, I'm all right. I'm healing up fast. I'm on track. I'll be good."The 49ers face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It's the third exhibition game, the one week in which starters generally see more playing time than in any of the other tuneup games.
Smith was a pass-rush specialist for the 49ers last season, as he played 48.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps. The 49ers decided in his second year that it was best to have him replace Parys Haralson on first and second downs, too.That transition to a full-time outside linebacker role has been interrupted with the 49ers set to open the regular season Sept. 9 at Green Bay."I think everybody needs playing time," Smith said. "Reps are everything. Any time you can get better, why not?"I was feeling good (with the transition). I'm still feeling good. Can't move like I want to, but I'm feeling good mentally and physically, every day is getting better."Smith, who recorded 14 sacks as a rookie, wants to get a chance to play Sunday against the Broncos. Good friend Von Miller, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, plays for Denver.When asked what he said to Miller in the offseason, Smith said, "I got more sacks than you, Bro."Miller recorded 11.5 sacks, but had 27 more tackles than Smith while starting 15 games."I was happy for him," Smith said. "He got the award. And we talked about it before the season started. He accomplished what he wanted to do, and I think I did, too. So we're both pretty happy with what happened."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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