Delanie Walker's jaw shows improvement


Delanie Walker's jaw shows improvement

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Delanie Walker, who sustained a fractured jaw Dec. 24, was at the 49ers' practice facility on Thursday.Teammates said Walker has made good progress from a week ago, when he was on a liquid diet and unable to talk. Walker now is able to talk with more ease and he is eating solid food.
However, Walker's availability is still in question for the 49ers' first playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Candlestick Park. Walker remains on the 49ers' 53-man roster.RELATED: Delanie Walker 2011 game logs
Receiver Kyle Williams said he will take part in Thursday's practice after missing Sunday's game with a concussion, confirming what he initially told on Monday. Williams said he was not required to take any additional concussion tests this week. He has been symptom-free since late last week. The 49ers signed rookie outside linebacker Rick Elmore to the practice squad. He also agreed to sign a reservefuture contract with the 49ers to take part in their offseason program and attend training camp next summer. The Green Bay Packers selected Elmore (Arizona) in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. He was released at the end of training camp. Elmore replaces outside linebacker Bruce Davis, whom the 49ers signed earlier this week. Tight end Nate Byham, who sustained season-ending left knee injury in training camp, has started running full speed as part of his rehabilitation, he said. Byham said he would be able to take part in organized team activities this offseason, but it's likely he will be held out until training camp as a precaution. Byham tore his ACL on July 30 when he lunged for a pass and landed awkwardly.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”