Williams to return punts, 49ers & Lions injury reports


Williams to return punts, 49ers & Lions injury reports

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Williams will return punts Sunday at Candlestick Park, as Ted Ginn Jr. did not practice Friday due to a right ankle sprain.The 49ers list Ginn, who has not practiced in 19 days, as "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Running back Brandon Jacobs is also listed as questionable. He has missed 27 days of practice with a left knee sprain."Getting close -- getting darn close," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. "They might have a shot this week."But it appears obvious that neither Ginn nor Jacobs will be available Sunday night. Williams will resume his role as the 49ers' punt returner.Williams returned one punt for 20 yards on Sunday in the 49ers' 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. His return helped set up David Akers' NFL-record-tying 63-yard field goal on the final play of the first half."It's been very good. Kyle is very good," Harbaugh said. "We'd like to keep improving, and hopefully he'll be sensational this week. That would be a big plus for us."With Ginn unavailable, Perrish Cox is the 49ers' backup punt returner. Kendall Hunter will handle kickoff-return duties.
Meanwhile, it appears as if the Lions could play Sunday without three-quarters of their starting defensive backfield.Rookie right cornerback Bill Bentley, a third-round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette, is out with a concussion. Left cornerback Chris Houston (ankle) and free safety Louis Delmas (knee) are doubtful.Fourth-year cornerback Jacob Lacey and sixth-year safety John Wendling started Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams for the Lions in place of Houston and Delmas. Veteran cornerback Drayton Florence played more than half of the Lions' defensive snaps in the opener, as he entered the action when Bentley was injured.INJURY REPORT
Questionable: RB Brandon Jacobs (left knee), WR Ted Ginn (right ankle)
Probable: LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), P Andy Lee (left thumb).Lions
Out: CB Bill Bentley (concussion).
Doubtful: CB Chris Houston (ankle), S Louis Delmas (knee)
Questionable: LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps), DE Lawrence Jackson (calf)
Probable: WR Calvin Johnson (foot), DT Corey Williams (knee)

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL


Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.

Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers


Zuttah ends up back with Ravens after release from 49ers

One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.

The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.

The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.

Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.

The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.

The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.

Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.