Kyle Williams tears ACL, out for remainder of season

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Kyle Williams tears ACL, out for remainder of season

Wide receiver Kyle Williams sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Williams later confirmed the season-ending injury on Twitter.
Regret to inform yall I will be out for the season with a torn acl.. Not how I saw things playing out but in the end I will be fine and Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) November 26, 2012This is just another obstacle I will have to climb to get back.. Looking forward to the challenge!! Love all true fans your prayers are Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) November 26, 2012Williams sustained his season-ending injury while blocking against the New Orleans Saints on a play in which running back Kendall Hunter also sustained a right ankle sprain.Williams has been one of the great comeback stories for the 49ers this season. After two turnovers on punts in the NFC championship game loss to the New York Giants, Williams rebounded with a strong offseason to earn a prominent role with the team this season.Williams was used as a slot receiver when the 49ers went with three wide receivers. He caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 13.0 yards on four punt returns, and was the 49ers' leading kickoff return man with a 27.2 average on 13 returns.RELATED: Monday Morning Mailbag -- Depth is tested
Hunter is also expected to miss some time with a left ankle sprain. Injuries to Williams and Hunter could open the door for the 49ers' top two draft picks, receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, to make their season debuts.

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”