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Injury report: 49ers' backups step up

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Injury report: 49ers' backups step up

DETROIT -- Linebacker Parys Haralson and right guard Adam Snyder sustained injuries that forced them out of the 49ers' lineup Sunday, but neither is expected to miss much time.Haralson played sparingly in the first half before sustaining a hamstring strain. Snyder was removed at the beginning of the fourth quarter due to a right shoulder stinger.In both cases, the 49ers got solid play from their backups in the 25-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Rookie Aldon Smith played nearly every snap of the second half and responded with a huge game. Smith had two sacks in the game, including a safety of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the second quarter.Smith also had a sackforced fumble in the middle of the fourth quarter that led to an 18-yard loss for the Lions. The 49ers used that swing in field position to score the go-ahead touchdown on their next possession.The 49ers mostly played nickel defense, and Smith lined up mostly at right defensive end. Smith played outside linebacker for his first meaningful snaps of the season in the team's base defense."It was different," Smith said. "The first snap I was nervous, and then I got more comfortable as the game went on."Smith also was asked to play pass coverage for the first time this season, and had a would-be interception slip through his hands."You saw me drop that pick," Smith said. "Yeah, I did more dropping."Chilo Rachal stepped in for Snyder at right guard early in the fourth quarter and held his own against Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Rachal returned for his most extensive playing time since getting benched at halftime of the 49ers' Sept. 25 win at Cincinnati.Early indications are that Haralson and Sndyer will be available for action when the 49ers return to play Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers also expect wide receiver Braylon Edwards to be back after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Sept. 19.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

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Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

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Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.