Maiocco: Mourning Loss of 'Niner Jan'


Maiocco: Mourning Loss of 'Niner Jan'

May 13, 2010


Matt Maiocco
It was early in my tenure as a 49ers beat reporter when I met her. There was a lady with red hair -- 49ers red, no less -- in the lobby of the teams offices with a floral arrangement in her hands.The previous day 49ers fullback William Floyd had sustained a serious knee injury. And Janette Boehm was at the teams practice facility early to deliver flowers and get-well wishes.I got to know Niner Jan or Niner Mom through her regular visits to the 49ers team offices to drop off care packages, including cookies and other goodies, to the team members and staff. Several years ago, she began sending me her Christmas letter, which read like a State of the 49ers address. We also carried on a regular dialogue via email.She took being a fan to a whole different level of commitment, devotion, loyalty and unconditional support. As she stated in a profile that appeared two years ago on a national sports Web site, A true fan stands by his or her team whether its winning or losing games.The 49ers organization -- and everyone directly or indirectly associated with the team -- is feeling a major loss with the recent passing of Niner Jan. She was 76.Jan was arguably our most visible and outwardly supportive fan, but that is not why we are memorializing her, 49ers owner John York said. She helped each of us appreciate -- every single day -- what it meant to be a member of the 49ers. Underneath the red and gold attire was a woman who went out of her way to make everyone in our organization feel like a member of her family. She didnt just root for us on the field -- through winning seasons and less successful ones -- but she also rooted for us as individuals in our personal lives.Said offensive tackle Joe Staley: She would write us nice cards every year, and they were all personal. There was never a generic card. Everything was personalized. She really cared about the team, and its really sad that shes not going to be with us anymore, but shell always be with us in spirit.Services for Janette Boehm will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Martins Catholic Church, 593 Central Ave., and Old San Francisco Road, in Sunnyvale. Following the services, there will be a get-together at Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., in San Jose.

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.