Aug. 28, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comRookie Phillip Adams, who did good work as a cornerback a week ago, might have wrapped up a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster with an 83-yard punt return in the first half.The 49ers led 17-14 at the end of the first half.Receiver Michael Crabtree was a late scratch from the game for unspecified reasons. Coach Mike Singletary said on Thursday that Crabtree would play approximately one quarter. Crabtree had returned to full practice after missing nearly two weeks with a neck strain.Tight end Vernon Davis (right knee strain) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (hamstring) did not play. Also, left tackle Joe Staley played one quarter before leaving with a right knee sprain. He appeared fine on the sideline, standing and walking without a limp.The game also featured the exhibition season debut of running back Frank Gore. He tore off on a 49-yard run the first time he touched the ball. But that drive eventually stalled when he mishandled a pitch from quarterback Alex Smith.Smith completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and touchdown. He tossed a 16-yarder to Josh Morgan, who had three catches for 31 yards in the first half. Gore had two rushes for 58 yards. Here's what Gore had to say, courtesy of the 49ers' public relations department:On how it felt to get back out there: "It feels great man, especially going through training camp all month and I didn't get to go against another team. I was like a little kid out there. I was happy.On the 49-yard run: "Our O-Line and (fullback) Moran Norris, they did a great job and the receivers did a great job down field, and it was there and I hit it. I was patient, I was patient and I exploded through.On how comfortable he feels on the field: "I feel great, man. Coming off a great camp, you know, I'm happy to be out there. My new O-linemen (left guard Mike) Iupati, (right tackle) Anthony Davis, and you know my old boys, they have all been doing a great job up front too. You know, we just have to keep working and get ready for the first game.On how it felt to run behind Iupati: "It was wide open. He's a big guy, a wide space so they can't see you behind him and I was there, waiting for the hole to open and I just hit it."On what happened when he fumbled: "You know, I saw touchdown. I didn't look the ball all the way in, I was looking up the field because I saw a touchdown and the ball slipped. It's something that won't happen in the regular season."
SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.
Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday
49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)
JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)
SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.
Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.
But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.
“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.
“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”
Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.
Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.
“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”
Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.
“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”
Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.
“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”
When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”
But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.
“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”