The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday that they have released WR Brandon Jones. The team has also waived/injured T Chris Patrick.
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The NFL offseason is hardly a time of rest and relaxation. Yes, players have a chance to let their bodies heal, enjoy some time with friends and family away from the team’s facility and then quickly get back to work preparing for the next season.
Tackle Joe Staley also took advantage of the down time to go under the knife….well, laser. Don’t worry, the procedure was not major and not even a result of playing football. After having lasik eye surgery, Staley can now throw away the contacts that have been a part of him for so long.
“I’ve worn contacts since I was in seventh grade and it really became annoying,” Staley said. “The opportunity came to my attention to get lasik eye surgery with Dr. Scott Hyver. My dad had it done four years ago and he has been really happy. He told me how easy the procedure was so I though it would be a good idea.”
Though playing with contacts is common in the NFL, the third-year lineman recalled times when he got frustrated after opponents’ hands would get inside his face mask and knock out his contacts. But his decision solves much more than having to head to the sidelines for a new pair of lenses.
“I didn’t just think about it benefiting my football career, it’s just benefited my life,” Staley said. “It’s good not to have to wake up an put contacts in and not have to worry about getting an eye infection if I forget to take my contacts out.”
Staley still has to be careful initially as he’s been given a long list of do’s and don’ts.
“I can’t rub my eyes, which I’ve done about 47 times already,” joked Staley. “It’s really hard not to rub your eyes, especially when you’re in the shower and you have to get the water out. I keep freaking out that I’m going to go blind whenever I cant myself rubbing my eyes. They told me that my lens would come off, but I wouldn’t go blind. They would just have to do the surgery again.”
One of the items Staley has been given to help prevent him having to go in for a second procedure is a pair of goggles similar to those worn by former NBA start Horace Grant.
“They’re these plastic specs,” Staley said. “I have to wear them at night for this first week so I don’t rub my eyes without knowing it. I’ve also been really good though about using my eye drops. I have artificial tears that I can put in my eyes to prevent them from drying out.”
As a result, Staley can see clearly now…even if the rain wasn’t gone at Tuesday’s OTA session. Below is a video as well as a few photos from Tuesday. For more photos, view our photo gallery.
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A day after a frustrating 18-14 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, the 49ers pointed the blame at themselves for not being able to snap their two-game losing streak, which now stands at three games.
“It was a tough game,” head coach Mike Singletary said at his day after the game press conference. “It was one of those things where we did more than they did. Yesterday was a classic case of an immature team shooting itself in the foot.”
Singletary spoke of penalties and missed assignments that caused the 49ers to come up short, and his players agreed.
“We have the tools, we have the people, we just have to learn how to finish,” running back Frank Gore said.
Although it wasn’t the outcome he was looking for, Singletary felt his team did improve on Sunday by nearly defeating the undefeated Colts.
“We didn’t win yesterday, but we did get better,” he said.
In Singletary’s eyes, his players improved, despite suffering injuries to two key players, one on each side of the ball.
On the game’s very first offensive play, left tackle Joe Staley went down with a sprained knee. Staley underwent an MRI earlier today and the time table for his return will be announced by the team later. Staley was in good spirits in the locker room and was noticeably limping, but able to put weight on his leg.
Staley said it was the first knee injury of football career and the first significant playing time he’s missed since spraining an ankle as a college freshman.
Staley added that he was able to watch the play of his replacement Barry Sims and right tackle Adam Snyder throughout the game and offered tips to them as well.
“I thought Barry did a good job,” Staley said.
Sims, an 11-year NFL veteran with 127 regular season starts, was ready to go when his number was called after the game’s first offensive snap.
“I always draw from my experience,” Sims said of what helped him be ready. “As a backup you prepare yourself as a starter and I started my whole career. I’m aware of what it takes to be the starter. It was unfortunate that Joe went down as early as he did, but at the same time, it was good to be able to get into a rhythm at the beginning and then go from there.”
The 49ers other major injury news on Monday involved cornerback Nate Clements’ fractured right scapula.
“We will not put him on IR,” Singletary said. “If we’re in the playoffs, he deserves to play.”
Clements becomes the third 49ers player to fracture his shoulder this season.
In training camp wide receiver Brandon Jones suffered a fractured scapula and was back in five weeks. Tackle Tony Pashos also suffered the same injury against the Texans, but was placed on IR after.
With this injury, the 49ers expect Clements to be back in time for the end of the season and a possible playoff run.
Clements only has his focus on rehabbing his shoulder to get back on the field.
“I’m just going to focus everything on rehabbing and still staying in on what’s going on with the defense,” he said. “Right now, I have to focus on rehabbing and getting my arm stronger.”
More Monday Notes
-Singletary said a sprained shoulder to defensive tackle Demetric Evans was the only injury to come out of the Colts game, besides the injuries to Staley and Clements.
-Singletary said Tarell Brown will be fine in stepping in for Clements. Asked if Brown can handle those duties, Singletary responded, “Oh yeah, he’s ready.”
-Players on offense were asked about the state of the team’s offense and if going to a spread attack from the shotgun formation would help the team move the ball. Quarterback Alex Smith said answered it best: “I think you want to retain balance. I think you want to be physical, run the ball, as well as at times change the tempo, and spread it out a little bit and then go back to the run. I think those are the things you need to do to be a successful offense.”
-Along those lines, Singletary was asked if he supported the play-calling from offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, to which he responded: “I 150-percent back what he’s doing, absolutely. There’s not one iota that I’m wavering here or there, whatever. Jimmy knows there are some things going forward that he has to learn about our players, what they can and cannot do.”
-Singletary was also pleased with Smith’s play.
-“I thought Alex did very well. I was very pleased to see him make some throws. I was very excited and anticipated this game for him because I knew the rush was going to be coming at him. I knew that it was just a situation where he wasn’t going to sit back there and be comfortable and he got outside of the pocket a few times and he made some good decisions, made some really nice throws. Outside throws, up the field throws, post throws, I thought he made all the throws that he needed to make and he just needed to be more consistent. I thought he handled himself very well in pressure situations and I thought he did a good job.”
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There’s only so many times you can get asked the same question during an open locker room period. But I know our guys enjoy an occasional question out of left field.
Having said that, today I asked a question about left field, well sort of.
I asked a handful of guys who they were picking to win the World Series which kicks off tonight between the New York Yankees and the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
And for fun, I asked which players in the locker room would make up the best 49ers baseball team. The answers I got were somewhat surprising:
-“I would definitely have B. Jones [Brandon] as my center fielder,” cornerback Tarell Brown said of his wide receiver teammate, who was a one-time draft pick of the Yankees organization. “I would be a shortstop because I have good range. All the quarterbacks would be our pitchers.”
-“Put me at catcher, I swear I’d be a great catcher. I’d be amazing,” cornerback Marcus Hudson explained. “I’d cover the plate and nobody would steal on me. I would gun them out if they tried to steal on me!”
-“I think Arnaz [Battle] might be a second baseman because he has quick feet and quick hands,” Jones said of the players who would play beside him. “I see Alex [Smith] and our other quarterbacks as our pitchers. We’ll go with a three-man rotation. And on offense, our cleanup hitter would probably be big Mo, Moran Norris.”
-“I don’t know about that – I don’t think Mo has any bat speed!” Battle joked in response to Jones’ opinion.
-“I think Justin Smith would be our first baseman. He seems like he’d be a power hitter,” long snapper Brian Jennings said.
-“Ooh, that’s a pretty good question! I don’t know if Justin could be our first baseman though. He’s a slugger, maybe a DH,” Shawntae Spencer said. “I’m not putting him on the field. I’d put guys with really good ball skills in my infield. Dre’ Bly, Nate Clements they both have good ball skills, the receivers do too.
-“Then, I would go with the coordinators as our bench coaches, because they are good with hand signals. Our base coaches could be special teams coordinator Al Everest and secondary coach Vance Joseph because they send in signals too.”
-“I would be a pitcher, because I’d want to throw the ball. In football I love hitting people and in baseball if I was mad at someone – I could throw the ball at them,” defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga joked.
Here are some of the picks from the 49ers locker room, note that only one player [Spencer] chose the defending champs:
Josh Morgan: Yankees in five games.
“I think it’s the Yankees year.”
Tarell Brown: Yankees in five games.
“Really to be honest with you, it doesn’t mean a whole lot that the Phillies won it all last year. At the end of the day the Yankees are playing great baseball and they have solid pitching. Really, that’s what it’s going to come down to – pitching. Pitching and defense. The Yankees have always been a great offensive team, but their pitching is amazing this year. I’ve been a Yankees fan forever though….”
Shawntae Spencer: Phillies in six games.
“I don’t really like either one of these teams. If the Pirates aren’t in it – I don’t really care! But I guess I got a little bit of love for Philly, but then again, I don’t want them to win because if they do I won’t see the end of it. I have a lot of friends from Philadelphia, so I don’t really want to hear that. I’m just going to watch as a fan. I think it’s going to be a great series, I’ll take the Phillies, since nobody else has.”
Brandon Jones: Yankees in six games.
“You have to figure the Phillies can get a couple of games. They can hit. And, they might even wear Andy Pettitte out in game three. C.C. [Sabathia] might have to come back on short rest and get another win for them. It might go to six, if that happens.”
Barry Sims: Yankees in six games.
“A-Rod is hitting this year and they’re getting good pitching – I think it’s their year.”
Brian Jennings: Yankees in six games.
“If I played baseball I’d for sure want to play for the Yankees.”
Isaac Sopoaga: Yankees in six games.
“I want it to be less games, but I think it would be more exciting if it goes to six or seven games. Then, you’d have more games to watch on TV.”
Andy Lee: Yankees in six games.
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Head coach Mike Singletary just concluded his weekly Monday press conference with the Bay Area media. The 49ers head coach answered a number of questions pertaining to the 49ers 20-16 season opening victory from one day earlier.
“It was indeed an ugly game,” Singletary said. “But it was beautiful to see our guys work through all of the stuff and come out with a win. We fought together and ended up winning together.”
Singletary was pleased that his team was able to go into a hostile environment and come out with a win against a good football team. He also expressed his disbelief in rushing for under 30 yards as a team but still coming out victorious.
“I find it hard to do but that’s we ended up doing,” he said.
Singletary praised several of his player’s performances on both sides of the ball, but called out the play of his offensive line.
“We did not play well up front, but it will get better,” he said.
Despite not being able to move the ball efficiently in the first three quarters, Singletary was pleased that his offense put together a 15-play drive in the fourth quarter that put the 49ers up for good.
“I think the best thing that helped us offensively was that fourth quarter,” Singletary said. “Shaun [Hill] did a good job, everybody settled down and we took it down the field. They really did what they had to do when they had to do it and that’s the sign of something special.”
Other notes from Singletary’s presser:
-According to Singletary, Hill did a good job of managing the game and taking what the defense gave him.
-Vernon Davis, Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan and Arnaz Battle were highlighted for making “critical plays” during the 49ers fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown drive.
-Arizona’s penetrating defense was a bigger factor than Singletary and the 49ers anticipated. “I think it got to our guys early on but it didn’t on that 15-play drive,” he added.
-Defensively, Singletary thought his guys played relentless. “We did things we needed to do in order to win. Our defense challenged their wideouts,” he said.
-Patrick Willis was everywhere. Singletary said his first quarter interception was a result of tremendous coverage that was very well played.
-Singletary also complimented the play of his secondary as well as the pass rush supplied by the likes of Justin Smith, Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson.
-Recently signed tackle Tony Pashos will begin sharing snaps with Adam Snyder this week, so Singletary and the rest of the 49ers staff can evaluate the 49ers new tackle.
-The 49ers suffered no major injuries against the Cardinals.
-Also, wide receiver Brandon Jones will return to practice this week. But, it has not been determined if he will play against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at Candlestick Park.
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Wide receiver Brandon Jones will miss an extended period of time after suffering a slight fracture of his right shoulder, 49ers head coach Mike Singletary disclosed on Friday.
The free agent addition was turning heads throughout training camp prior to being injured during red zone 7-on-7 work in Thursday’s afternoon practice.
“It’s going to be a little longer than we anticipated,” Singletary said of Jones’ injury. “But, we’ll work through it. The receivers that we have, we’re very confident in our guys here.”
Jones’ injury opens the door for the rest of the 49ers talented wideout group. In particular, Dominique Zeigler, Jason Hill and Arnaz Battle could be the main beneficiaries. The way Singletary sees it, the injury doesn’t jeopardize the production from the receivers this season.
“It doesn’t do anything to be honest,” Singletary added. “As I’ve said before, this is not a political speech, it’s the truth. We’ve got wide receivers that (receivers coach) Jerry Sullivan is working his tail off with them. They’re growing, progressing. We’re fine for right now.”
So far at camp, Jones had been lining up at three different spots. Without his versatility, others within the group will have to fill the void.
“I think that is something that Jerry Sullivan and myself along with Coach Raye will sit down and talk about,” Singletary said of who will step in for Jones as the team’s No. 3 wideout behind Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan.” Thankfully, as I’ve said before, we have some receivers and I know we have some who are capable of stepping and doing a good job. I hate that we lost Brandon Jones. He’s making great strides. He’s doing a great job (and) he will be back.”
The good news for Jones is that his fracture will not require surgery. Only time is necessary to heal the injury.
Asked if Zeigler could be the man capable of stepping in for Jones, Singletary was complimentary of the lanky wideout from his alma mater, Baylor University.
“Certainly Dominique has continued to make strides since he’s been here. We’ll just have to sit down and talk about it and see what we’re thinking.”
Now that the 49ers have been at training camp for almost a week, Singletary has been pleased with his team’s progress. After Friday morning’s workout, Singletary gathered his team to discuss the strides that were made throughout the week.
“Right now we’re on track. We’re not executing the way we want to execute right now. But I don’t think anyone is outworking us. As long as you continue to work, game progress and confidence, the execution will come. But I’m very proud of the guys, in terms of the work ethic. In terms of the execution, we’re not there yet; we have to just keep plugging away.”
Morning Practice Particulars
Outside linebacker Jay Moore returned to practice after suffering a nasty cut on the middle finger of his left hand. Moore’s hand was heavily taped like he had a boxing glove on his hand.
During 1-on-1 wide receiver defensive back drills, Zeigler made another impressive catch in front of veteran cornerback Dre’ Bly. Zeigler appeared to have no chance of catching a pass headed towards the sideline, but Zeigler reached out and grabbed the pass. The catch was so impressive; all of the defensive backs on the sideline watching the drill couldn’t help but look at each other in amazement after what they had just witnessed.
Before the team met for their final 11-on-11 portion of practice, 10-year linebacker Jeff Ulrbich gathered everyone to remind them to finish the practice strong.
“I just felt like occasionally about this time of camp, people start to get tired,” Ulbrich said. “They start losing their legs a little bit and the energy starts to fizzle. I just felt like we needed to finish strong and that was basically all I was saying to the group.”
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