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Recovering RB Jacobs: 'I want to get hit'

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Recovering RB Jacobs: 'I want to get hit'

SANTA CLARA -- Heading into his debut season with the 49ers, running back Brandon Jacobs missed 11 career games since he broke into the league with the New York Giants in 2005.Brought in this offseason to make sure short yardage situations were converted, Jacobs has yet to be active for any of the 49ers' first four regular season games. But on Tuesday, the eight-year veteran gave every indication that he would be ready to take the ball from Alex Smith when the 49ers face the Bills on Sunday."I'm ready to play," Jacobs said from in front of his locker.Jacobs' return to practice last week in Youngstown, Ohio was limited, but he ran 60-yard dashes at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara Tuesday, and he didn't hold back."I ran 'em as hard as I can run," Jacobs said. "I feel good. I feel good about my explosion." Jacobs was hit in the knee in an Aug. 18 preseason game against the Houston Texans, and 45 days later, No. 45 is ready for more contact."I want to get hit," Jacobs said. "I definitely want to get out and get hit because once you get out and get that first nice hit, you feel like you're ready to go."The level of play in the NFL is too high to expect contributions without being in top physical shape."It's nothing now," Jacobs said of his hurt knee. "It's all gone now."Jacobs, is itching to get back on the field, especially being part of a new organization."I want to get out there and really be a part of it," Jacobs said.Without much time on the field, Jacobs has made a good impression on the Bay Area through his activity on Twitter, but Jacobs is putting a stop to that for the remainder of the season.Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012From here on out, you'll have to with what you see on the field, and he wouldn't have it any other way.Punter Andy Lee is getting it done on the field, but his right hand still hasn't fully recovered.
"Maybe not 100-percent," Lee said, waving his splinted right thumb. "But not enough to stop me from doing my job."
Lee was required for four punts in Sunday's win over the Jets. He averaged 46.0 yards per punt and pinned New York inside their own 20-yard line twice.
"The adrenaline of the game helps out," Lee said.Lee injured his thumb trying to bring down return-man Randall Cobb in the 49ers' Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Lee has appeared in all 128 games over his first eight NFL seasons with the 49ers, and he doesn't anticipate missing any this year. But it will be difficult to make a complete recovery in the midst of a season when his job requires him to use that right thumb every weekend to catch firm snaps from Brian Jennings.

Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

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Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.

News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.

Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.

Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.