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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