Walker: It's as strong as the other side of my face

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Walker: It's as strong as the other side of my face

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SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker had the wires removed from his jaw on Monday, and he's been outfitted with a bigger facemask and a helmet that provides more protection for his jaw.Walker has been out since sustaining a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks. He said the left side of the jaw, which sustained two fractures, is now as strong as the other side.
He was cleared for limited 49ers practice on Wednesday, a clear indication that he is expected to be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants on Sunday at Candlestick Park."I got to do a little running around with the helmet on," Walker said. "It felt great. I was excited how I felt yesterday (Wednesday), so we'll see how that goes."He spoke to reporters on Thursday in front of his locker:Do you have any protective gear for the jaw?
Walker: "I went with a different helmet -- a Revolution helmet. It's a little wider on the jaw area with a bigger facemask. And just trying that out, a little bigger helmet. We'll see how that goes."REWIND: Delanie Walker returns to practice
What have they told about re-injuring the jaw?
Walker: "It's as strong the other side of my face. It's a low chance of me re-breaking it in the same place. But it's possible it could happen. This is football, and they warned me of that. I feel confident in myself, and the doctors feel confident in me that they'll let me go out there with a helmet and do a little bit. So I'm confident I can do whatever I can and get out there."How frequently are you meeting with doctors and training staff to discuss the prospects of playing this week?
Walker: "Yesterday, the doctors were here to see how I felt after I did a little bit of stuff. And we talked about it. So I think it's going to be an every-day process of me talking to them."How is your body physically after a jaw injury?
Walker: "It's actually in good shape. I got to run around and do a little bit. I wasn't fatigued. My body felt good today. But we have some good strength coaches who kept me in shape, running around, lifting weights, and preparing me for the time I do get to come back."Can you eat what you need to for fuel?
Walker: "Now, I can eat a little more, so I've been eating well and getting protein that I need."How hard is it been to watch?
Walker: "Hard. That's why I'm trying to get back out there and do whatever I got to do to be able to play. It's real hard to play the whole season and not be able to play in the postseason."REWIND: Optimism over Delanie Walker's return for 49ers-Giants
What's the thing you missed eating the most?
Walker: "(Laughing) Hamburgers."Is your weight back to where it was before?
Walker: "It's getting there. I'm close to being the same size I was -- just a few pounds off."Was there rust when you got back on the field?
Walker: "Really, I didn't do too much. I don't want to say I was rusty. I felt like I was good. Everybody said I was faster and I looked like I was hyper. You get back on the field and you want to go full speed."You Tweeted earlier this week you expect to play, is that still your . . .
Walker: "That's my mindset. It's all up to the doctors and the coaches, at the end of the day."Were the wires removed on Monday?
Walker: "Yes, they were."Will you do any extra work with Alex (Smith) just to get back into the rhythm with him?
Walker: "We'll have to see because I'm limited to practice. But I've been on the Juggs (machine) to make sure I get my hands back. I've been running routes on my own. They see that. If I get back out there, I can still be on the same page with Alex."You had the black, no-contact shirt on at the beginning of practice. Then you took it off. Are you ready for contact?
Walker: "I felt like I didn't need it. I took it off. I didn't want to be labeled as not being touched. For me to really know if I can play, I got to do some contact."

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.