McDonald's status uncertain

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McDonald's status uncertain

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Ray McDonald's status for the 49ers' game on Sunday against the Washington Redskins remains uncertain.McDonald sustained a left hamstring strain in the second quarter of the 49ers' victory over the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park and did not return to action."We'll see," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday during his weekly press conference. "I haven't talked to Ray, yet, today. We'll find out where he's at. As we always do, he'll be working through it and we'll find out where he's at after a couple days."The 49ers return to practice Wednesday to begin their on-field preparations to face the Redskins.McDonald's injury is believed to be similar to the hamstring strain that outside linebacker Parys Haralson sustained Oct. 16 against the Detroit Lions. Haralson did not return to action in the second half against the Lions. When the 49ers returned after the bye week, he played without any limitation Sunday against the Browns.McDonald appeared to sustain the injury as he applied pressure to Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. McDonald chased McCoy toward the sideline on a third-down incomplete pass. En route to the 49ers' sideline on the other side, McDonald went to the ground in the middle of the field.He did not return to action. Ricky Jean Francois played left defensive end in McDonald's absence.Harbaugh said receiver Braylon Edwards seemed to make it through the game unscathed. Edwards returned to action after sustaining a torn meniscus in his right knee on Sept. 18 against the Dallas Cowboys. Edwards caught four passes for 42 yards.Fullback Bruce Miller said he was fine after sustaining a right thumb injury Sunday. He left Candlestick Park with a brace on his thumb. But he reported no issues on Monday."The thumb is great, a little bit sore," Miller said. "But if the thumb is the biggest problem we have, I think we're good."

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.”