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Monday’s Locker Room Talk

Posted by Taylor Price on August 16, 2010 – 7:33 PM

Mike Singletary’s Monday postgame press conference kept getting bumped back and now we know why. (Hint: it probably had something to do with the signing of Brian Westbrook to a one-year contract).

But once Singletary addressed the media with Westbrook at his side, the 49ers head coach had plenty of positive reviews from his team’s 37-17 road victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

And while Monday’s in the regular season usually involve an open locker room in which players talk to reporters about the game in detail, the players were off this Monday. Instead it was Singletary speaking to reporters at the podium, but nonetheless, he complimented the play of his two first-round picks, Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, as well as quarterback Alex Smith. Singletary saved his highest praise for last.

Asked about the progress center David Baas is making while competing to be the 49ers starting center, Singletary said that Baas, “took a big step with being the center right now.”

Overall, Singletary said he felt good about the game, calling it “a good step,” but noted that his team has a ways to go.

The head coach offered explanations for other players who have a ways to go, in terms of returning to the field from injuries.

Rookie wideout Kyle Williams suffered a sprained big toe which will sideline him for the next two weeks. Cornerback Will James suffered an ankle sprain and will be out 4-6 weeks. Tight end Vernon Davis strained his right knee while leaping to make a sideline catch, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. Singletary said Davis’ knee “looks good.” Linebacker Travis LaBoy will begin practicing this week for the first time since suffering a concussion at the 49ers road practice in Monterey. Lastly, Singletary said linebacker Ahmad Brooks is continuing to make progress from the lacerated kidney he suffered early in camp.

The 49ers will resume training camp practice at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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9 Responses to “Monday’s Locker Room Talk”

  1. By Tony A on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Brian Westbrook? I’m diggin it. If he’s any kind of healthy he brings a lot to the table. He’ll be a great relief for Gore and allow the young fella (Dixon) to ease in to the position a bit. Good move, GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By Abe on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Great sign!!!

  3. By Galen Ishii on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Now we have a veteran running back to help Gore. Excellent on third downs. He has great hands and catches the ball well . Hopefully he gives our division foes trouble like he did with the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Giants. Let’s go Niners.

  4. By ChillyNinerWilly on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hmmm Westbrook very interesting…Well faithful I guess this is good news seeing how we hurting at the RB spot anyways…my thing is this is Westbrook a 100% healthy now. Back in the day he was a BEAST!…the man is 30 years old now how much does this man really have in his tank. Plus I remember he had trouble holding on to the ball at times…well let’s just hope he still has some strong game left. I guess time will tell, but welcome aboard Brah!


  5. By candlestickmagicman on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    as soon as glen coffee quit,,errr,,retired,,i called my buddy and said we should go after westbrook right away,,i also wrote down the first 3 picks of this years draft and showed them to my wife in march,,,nailed it,,im thinkin this is the year,,everything is falling into place,,,ill be at the stick for every game,,,will you? WHEN THE DEFENSE IS ON THE FIELD,,,SCREAM YOUR HEARTS OUT,,SHOW YOUR 49ER PRIDE,,,,great moves this off seaon,cmon and make it happen alex

  6. By NinersFan on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Singletary has done an awesome job getting the niners mentally and physically back into shape, Great job coach. Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon, wow, niners three headed monster.

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  8. By Joe on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I Think the Brian Westbrook pickup could be as important as signing TKO. Great job.

  9. By Big Fern on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Westbrook is a great pickup for many reasons but the most important being his veteran leadership. This will be his 9th season in the league and his incredible work ethic will push Gore on the practice field, making me expect an even bigger year out of Gore. The sign of Westbrook will also allow Dixon to learn from 2 great running backs, and he will be able to ask both running backs questions, which will allow him to progress a lot faster, and see what it takes to be a top running back in this league. Another thing Westbrook brings is ball security over his 8 seasons he only lost 9 fumbles in over 1300 rushing attempts making him a great 3rd down back, or fill in when Gore needs a breather, and one thing we all must remember is being a veteran means he is great at blitz pickups which will be huge in the protection of Smith during passing situations. All in all an absolute GREAT pickup! GO NINERS!

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