Veterans required to report to 49ers camp Thursday


Veterans required to report to 49ers camp Thursday

SANTA CLARA -- It's the first day of the new school year for 49ers veterans.The veterans' official reporting date is Thursday. The team's first full-squad practice is scheduled for Friday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Everybody will be in pads for the first time Sunday for another 2-hour, 40-minute practice.The quarterbacks, led by starter Alex Smith, have already gone through several practices this week. Quarterbacks and veterans who rehabbed injuries in the offseason were allowed to report early to camp with the rookies.All eyes will be on veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, who attempts to make a comeback. He sat out last season after playing for three teams in 2010. He arrived for camp Wednesday, a full day early.Moss, a presumptive starter, can rise higher in the NFL record book this season with a good showing:--He needs seven receiving touchdowns to become the second player in NFL history with 160 touchdown catches. Moss can join Jerry Rice (197) as the only players in NFL history with 160 receiving touchdowns. In 13 seasons, Moss has 153 touchdown receptions.--Moss needs six touchdowns to become the fourth player with 160 touchdowns. Moss would join Jerry Rice (208), Emmitt Smith (175) and LaDainian Tomlinson (162) as the only players to accomplish the feat. In 13 seasons, Moss has scored 154 touchdowns.--Moss needs 351 receiving yards to surpass Tim Brown (14,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208) for third place all-time. In 13 seasons, Moss has 14,858 receiving yards.--Moss needs 46 receptions to become the ninth player in NFL history with 1,000 receptions. In 13 seasons, Moss has 954 receptions.--Moss has recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a season 10 times in his 13-year NFL career. Moss can join Jerry Rice (14) as the only players in NFL history with 11 seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. There is no indication franchise player Dashon Goldson will sign his one-year, 6.212 million tender and report to camp on time. Goldson is under no obligation to sign and report, but he also is unable to negotiate a multi-year deal with the 49ers -- or any other team -- until the end of the season.
Once Goldson signs the one-year deal, his contract for this season becomes fully guaranteed. The 49ers have the right to revoke their franchise tender at any time. Among those expected to report to camp Thursday is second-year player Aldon Smith, who is slated to be the every-down player at outside linebacker. Smith spent about 2 12 hours in a hospital emergency room last month with two minor stab wounds resulting from his attempt to break up a fight during a party at his house, according to sources.Smith has yet to make any public comment about the incident. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department reports it has not identified any suspects and the investigation remains open. Rookie offensive lineman Joe Looney, who was placed Monday on the activenon-football injury list, continues to rehab after he underwent offseason surgery to repair a Lisfranc fracture in his foot. The injury was sustained in January during practices at the Senior Bowl."I'm not really looking at the timeline," said Looney, a fourth-round draft pick from Wake Forest. "I'm just taking it day-by-day, doing what they tell me to do."In the meantime, Looney is running every day, he said. His focus is on learning the responsibilities at right guard. "(I'm) getting in my playbook, making sure I'm on top of that mentally," he said. "Just every day showing up ready to do extra work."

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”



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. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

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)