49ers camp summary (88): Williams scuffles

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49ers camp summary (88): Williams scuffles

Summary: In the final full practice before their exhibition opener, the 49ers did some game-planning work to face the Minnesota Vikings. The team practiced for 2 hours, 15 minutes wearing helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
Running back LaMichael James returned after missing Tuesday's practice due to an illness. He and Kendall Hunter got a lot of work, as the 49ers spent a good portion of the day working on the run game.Cornerback Curtis Holcomb and offensive lineman Jason Slowey returned to practice. Holcomb missed seven practices with an undisclosed injury. He made a nice play in a red-zone drill inside the 5-yard line when he saved a touchdown by pushing Delanie Walker out of bounds before the pylon. Slowey sat out three practices.VIDEO: Matt and Mindi -- 49ers prepare for first preseason game
Penalty box: Receiver Kyle Williams was pulled from practice late after he scuffled with undrafted rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis following Williams' reception. The entire episode, including an apparent Williams headbutt, lasted about three seconds.Coach Jim Harbaugh deemed Williams as the instigator, and appeared to angrily order Williams off the field. But Williams and Harbaugh spoke, and Williams ended up taking a knee next to Dashon Goldson on the sideline for several minutes.After practice, Harbaugh and Williams had a brief talk. It's the second time in training camp that Harbaugh has rebuked a player for his on-field actions. Early in camp, he ordered receiver Brian Tyms off the field. It was a rough day for Williams, who earlier in the practice dropped two passes.Offensive play of the day: Since the beginning of training camp, Randy Moss has not seen a lot of action come his way during practices. During an 11-on-11 red-zone session, he made a leaping catch of a Colin Kaepernick fade route for a 7-yard touchdown against the coverage of undrafted rookie Anthony Mosley.Defensive play of the day: Linebackers coach Jim Leavitt paces the linebackers through catching drills before every practice. Patrick Willis got in a little extra work with a diving interception in the end zone in an 11-on-11 drill. Josh Johnson rolled right and tried to LaMichael James on a pass at the goal line. The ball deflected off James and fluttered into the air, giving Willis the chance to make the sprawling grab.Notable: Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was issued No. 96 last season, when he made the team as an undrafted free agent. But Dobbs is now wearing No. 40, so he does not have to report every play when he's on the field as a tight end. Dobbs is turning into a legitimate two-way player. On Wednesday, Dobbs caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith.Touchdownsinterceptions: Receiver Ben Hannula had a good day that included a 17-yard TD catch from Kaepernick. . . . Reserve tight end Kyle Nelson hauled in a leaping scoring grab from Scott Tolzien. . . In a game-plan portion, Goldson intercepted a Tolzien pass intended for rookie Nathan Palmer.Injury report: Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) missed his eighth practice in a row. Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Next practice: The 49ers have a 90-minute "mock game" scheduled for Thursday. The 49ers open the exhibition season Friday against the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

Report: Gutekunst remains with Packers, withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Report: Gutekunst remains with Packers, withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Green Bay executive Brian Gutekunst, who was widely considered a favorite for the 49ers’ vacant general manager position, has reportedly decided to remain with the Packers.

Gutekunst has signed a new contract to remain with the Packers, according to reports from ESPN and the NFL Network.

Gutekunst, 43, is in his 18th season with Green Bay and his first as director of player personnel. He interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5.

Gutekunst becomes the second Packers executive in two days to withdraw from consideration for the 49ers job. On Thursday, director of football operations Eliot Wolf decided to remain with Green Bay with a new title and an increase in salary. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wolf withdrew his name from consideration when it became apparent he would not get the job.

The race for the general manager position appears to be down to two known candidates: Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough. One source described the situation as "fluid."

Two years ago, Paton and Falcons coach Dan Quinn, the boss of presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, were reportedly connected as part of a possible general manager-coach team. Paton and Quinn know each other from their time together with the Miami Dolphins. Paton and Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on the same day – both in Atlanta.

McDonough is a highly respected talent evaluator who was believed to have Shanahan at the top of his list all along for coaches with whom he wanted to work, according to sources.

Source: Shanahan does not insist on full personnel control

Source: Shanahan does not insist on full personnel control

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive coach of the 49ers, promised 100-percent focus on his current job.

Shanahan confirmed Thursday he expects to meet with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 in Atlanta. He is the last remaining available candidate among the six coach candidates with whom the 49ers met after firing Chip Kelly. The 49ers announced the firings of Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the team concluded a 2-14 season.

Shanahan met with the media three days before the conference championship wearing a gray shirt that read, “The only fight that matters is the one we are in.

“You don’t have an option, so there’s nothing to get distracted about,” Shanahan said. “You can put this aside and totally focus on right here and right now. That’s not tough to do.

“This is an opportunity that I personally as a coach – I’ve wanted to win a playoff game my entire career and got to do that last week. Right now, that we have a chance to play for a Super Bowl, is pretty much what’s consuming my mind.”

The 49ers are prohibited from officially hiring Shanahan until the Falcons’ season is over. If Atlanta defeats the Packers on Sunday, the 49ers can still interview Shanahan next week and have him involved in the process to hire the team’s next general manager. But Shanahan could not be officially hired until following Super Bowl 51, which will take place Feb. 5 in Houston.

Shanahan admitted there is “some interest” but denied there’s been any spoken agreement he will become the 49ers’ next head coach.

“There’s a lot of stuff out there,” Shanahan said. “My friends growing up hear all that stuff. My wife hears that stuff. But everyone’s asking me what’s going on. I don’t know.

"I’m in my office looking at film all day and there’s nothing I’m allowed to do about it. So I think I’ll have an idea of that after the game. I don’t know what date that will be, whether it’s Monday or the following week, I’m not sure, and right now, I truly don’t care.”

The 49ers are expected to hire a general manager next week that will be matched with Shanahan. A source close to Shanahan told CSNBayArea.com that Shanahan is not insisting on full control over personnel and is fine working together with a general manager, on whom he would lean, to execute the plan with free agency, trades, the draft and determining the 53-man roster.

Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and Minnesota’s assistant general manager George Paton are expected to meet Tuesday with the 49ers and, possibly, Shanahan. The 49ers are keeping the door open on Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough. The 49ers informed a handful of candidates early this week they would not be brought back for second interviews. McDonough was not among those cut from contention.

Eliot Wolf, Green Bay’s director of football operations, pulled out of the running on Thursday. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wolf withdrew his name from consideration when it became apparent he would not get the job. The Packers increased Wolf’s salary and will give him a change in titles, according to the report.

If Shanahan and the 49ers determine Gutekunst is the man they want, Packers general manager Ted Thompson is expected to let him leave immediately even if Green Bay advances to the Super Bowl, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Two years ago, Paton and Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Shanahan's current boss, were reportedly connected as part of a possible general manager-coach team. Paton and Quinn know each other from their time together with the Miami Dolphins. Paton and Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on the same day – both in Atlanta.

McDonough is a highly respected talent evaluator who was believed to have Shanahan at the top of his list all along for coaches with whom he wanted to work, according to sources.

The second interviews are reportedly scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the report. The 49ers could have their next coach and general manager in place by the middle of next week – depending on the outcome of Sunday’s game.

“My situation outside of this week, I’m definitely excited about that,” Shanahan said.

“You’re only allowed to talk to teams when you do have a bye week. I got that opportunity a couple of weeks ago. Regardless of what happens in this game, win or lose, you can talk to them again when your season’s over or if you get another bye week. I know I think I’ll get that opportunity next week, whatever happens, and I plan on doing that.”