New rules force changes in 49ers camp schedule


New rules force changes in 49ers camp schedule

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Coach Jim Harbaugh gave the 49ers their first day off of training camp on Monday.It's been a different kind this summer, as NFL teams adjust to the new collective bargaining agreement that govern health and safety issues at training camp.First, teams were not allowed to practice in full pads until the third day of on-field work. Teams can no longer have two fully padded practices in the same day. In fact, players can wear helmets on the field only once a day. And teams are required to give the players a day off before working seven days in a row.Many teams are incorporating a "walk-through" into training camp as part of their four hours of allowable field time per day. With no offseason program because of the NFL lockout, there is a greater emphasis this summer on meeting time.
"Our biggest issue is overcoming the 25 practices we lost and all that meeting time, and a lot of little details haven't been covered yet with these guys through nobody's fault, not the coaches' fault, not the players' fault," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "We just haven't had a lot of time yet, but we'll get there."
Here is a look at the 49ers' daily work schedule in Santa Clara for training camp:6:30-8 a.m. -- Breakfast is served. Also, players who require addition treatment in the trainers' room arrive at the 49ers practice facility. This is also when players can get in their individual weight-room workouts.
8-8:30 a.m. -- Special-teams meeting.
8:30-9:30 -- Separate offensive and defensive meetings to go over playbook installations.
9:45-10:45 a.m. -- After a 15-minute break, the team heads to the practice field for a walk-through to go over what they were just taught in the meeting room.
10:45-noon -- Position groups break up into meetings.
Noon-1 p.m. -- Lunch and media obligations.
1-2 p.m. -- Final meetings to go over expectations for practice. After meetings, players get prepared for practice.
2:30-5:30 p.m. -- On field for practice. One of the interesting parts of practice is a "Make It Right" session at the end. During team period, the 49ers do no repeat plays that are not run perfectly. To keep the tempo of practice, they go on to the next play. But at the end of practice, there is a time set aside to go back over those plays.
5:30-7 p.m. -- Dinner and rest.
7-9 p.m. -- Team and group meeting time.
Until 9:30 p.m. -- Snacks are available and players can go back to the team hotel.
11 p.m. -- Curfew at the team hotel.

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

SEATTLE — A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night.

Ron Rivera didn't expect it to last just one play.

Carolina's miserable night was capped by a 40-7 loss to Seattle following the most awkward of starts. With Newton being punished for not having a necktie for the team flight to Seattle, the Panthers' starting QB watched backup Derek Anderson throw an interception on the first play of the game.

The turnover only led to a field goal for Seattle, but it was the start of an otherwise forgettable performance by the Panthers that provided another blow to the dwindling playoff hopes of the reigning NFC champions.

Newton missed just one play, but was also just 14-of-32 passing for 182 yards and one touchdown. After pulling within 10-7 in the second quarter, Carolina let Seattle score the final 30 points.

Seahawks lose Thomas, but run all over Panthers in Seattle

Seahawks lose Thomas, but run all over Panthers in Seattle


SEATTLE -- Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Tyler Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seattle Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

Another prime-time game in Seattle was clouded with odd story lines right from the outset when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the first play, only to watch backup Derek Anderson throw an interception . It was the start of miserable night for Carolina (4-8) and a laugher that moved Seattle (8-3-1) one step closer to the NFC West title.

Rawls and the run game set the tone for Seattle, gashing the second-best run defense in the NFL for 240 yards. Carolina entered the week giving up less than 80 yards per game on the ground.

Rawls finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, quiet in the second half after briefly being checked for a concussion. He was just the second 100-yard rusher for a run game that has lagged most of the season. Rawls' 8-yard run gave Seattle an early 10-0 lead and his 45-yard sprint early in the second quarter pushed it to 17-7.

Russell Wilson was 26 of 36 for 277 yards and a 1-yard scoring pass to Jimmy Graham in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks rolled up a season-high 534 yards and kept a three-game lead over Arizona in the division with four remaining.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his lower left leg during a first-half collision with teammate Kam Chancellor while trying to intercept Newton's pass. Thomas hobbled off the field putting no weight on the leg and X-rays revealed a "cracked tibia," coach Pete Carroll told Seattle's radio broadcast.

On the play after Thomas' injury, Newton hit Ted Ginn Jr. on a 55-yard touchdown pass to pull the Panthers to 10-7. It would be the only highlight for Carolina.

Rawls immediately answered, darting through the Carolina defense for the 45-yard touchdown run and a 17-7 lead. Steven Hauschka added two more field goals before halftime and Lockett raced 75 yards on a reverse on the first play of the second half. In less than 10 minutes of game time, Seattle extended the lead to 30-7.

Newton's benching was for a dress code violation, according to the NBC broadcast and the single play he missed could not have gone worse. Anderson rolled out to throw a pass to Mike Tolbert. It bounced off Tolbert's hands and into the arms of Mike Morgan, a disastrous result for that only added to questions about coach Ron Rivera's intention with the punishment.

Newton finished 14 of 32 for 182 yards.


It was seventh meeting in the past five years between the Seahawks and Panthers, playoffs included. It was the first time of the seven the game was decided by more than 14 points. Five of the previous six were decided by seven points or less. The biggest win during the stretch was Seattle's 31-17 win in the 2014 playoffs.


Carolina's injury list grew again.

The Panthers were already without starters Kurt Coleman and Luke Kuechly (concussions), and defensive end Mario Addison (foot) on defense, and right tackle Daryl Williams (ankle) on offense. Carolina then lost cornerback Daryl Worley and linebacker David Mayo to concussions against the Seahawks.


One of the most emotional players on Seattle's roster, Thomas hinted at retirement in a tweet sent just before halftime.

"This game has been so good to me no regrets. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers," Thomas tweeted from the Seattle locker room.

Thomas missed the first game of his career last week at Tampa Bay due to a hamstring injury.


Panthers: Carolina returns home and hosts San Diego.

Seahawks: Seattle travels to Green Bay.