Dec. 22, 2010
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CSNBayArea.com StaffMike Singletary plans to start Troy Smith at quarterback against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, according to a national report. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora first reported the story via his twitter page Wednesday afternoon. Mike Singletary refused to reveal the name of his starter on Tuesday, even though he said he had made his choice. When asked why he wouldn't announce which Smith it would be, he responded, "because it's something I don't want to announce right now."
CSNBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco reported on his Twitter page this morning that offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said he didn't know who the starter would be Sunday in St. Louis.
MAIOCCO: Singletary chooses QB for Rams game, but wont tell who it is AlexSmith started the past two games for the 49ers, and has startednine games this season. He has completed 60.1 percent of his passeswith 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He is averaging 6.6 yards perpass attempt, and has a passer rating of 79.2. He has been sacked 21times while attempting 298 passes.
STATS: Alex Smith 2010 splits Troy Smith 2010 splitsTroySmith started five games in the middle of the season. He completed 52.4percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Heaveraged 8.1 yards per attempt, with a passer rating of 80.2. He wassacked 16 times with 126 pass attempts.
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SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.
Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.
Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.
He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.
Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.
Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.
SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, the 49ers’ No. 1 running back, has gained just 26 yards on 10 carries in the first two exhibition games.
But aside from a play Saturday night against the Denver Broncos when he did not gain as many yards as coach Kyle Shanahan thought he should, the 49ers appear satisfied with what they’ve seen from Hyde.
“It takes 11 guys to execute a play,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “Usually, the guy with the ball in his hands is the one who’s rewarded or blamed. But I’ve been happy with Carlos’ reps during the preseason.
“I definitely want to do better. I want to score every time we call a play, so I’m usually disappointed if it doesn’t end in a touchdown. But he’s done a good job for us.”
That does not mean that Hyde has been perfect. Shanahan recounted a play on Saturday in which Hyde did not read the blocking correctly and gained fewer yards than his coach expected.
“There was one run in particular I thought the O-line blocked it for about a 4-yard gain and he got 1 yard,” Shanahan said. “(He was) trying to do too much on one play, which happens a lot with running backs. So there was one play he left about 3 yards on the field.”
Hyde finished the first half with gains of 6, 2, 7 and 7 on a series that ended with a lost fumble from backup running back Tim Hightower.
“We blocked well and he got to the right hole and when contact hit him at 5 yards, he fell for 2 more,” Shanahan said of Hyde. “So I thought he got exactly what we blocked for and a little more after that.”