Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 8:56 pm

Balmer said he plans to return to 49ers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nice reporting by Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News . Brown, much like Woodward and Bernstein, tracked down his source – in this case, the AWOL’d 49ers DE Kentwan Balmer – the old fashioned way. He knocked on Balmer's front door.

Balmer answered, and Brown had his scoop, as Balmer said he had a meeting scheduled with San Francisco coach Mike Singletary today.

He also said he needed more than two days to deal with his personal issues, which he wouldn’t divulge, but that he planned to play the season with the 49ers.

“People are making a big deal about nothing," Balmer told the Mercury News. "I feel like the 49ers could do a better job of saying that, but it's not my place to say."

Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has a different take on his Twitter page . Writes Barber: "Niners rep says no meeting scheduled btwn Balmer & Singletary."

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 2:23 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 2:58 pm

Kentwan Balmer away handling 'personal' stuff

Posted by Will Brinson

Kentwan Balmer's absence from 49ers practice has been notable, but considered something that wasn't a big deal. At least until today (which -- COINCIDENTALLY? -- is the first day Sportscenter reports that he paid for some former teammates to join him for a trip in Cali) anyway.

Matt Maiocco of Bay Area CSN is reporting that Balmer's time as a 49er might be at an end, as he's been absent from practice without excuse.

Originally, Mike Singletary granted Balmer a two-day leave of absence from practice to deal with "a personal matter" but that time had passed and Balmer still hasn't shown up to camp.

Only a truly cynical person (and huge caveat here: I do not care, as a fan, for the University of North Carolina, so take that with how much ever salt you'd prefer) would point out that Balmer is dealing with a "personal matter" (of an undisclosed nature) at the same time as his alma mater, UNC, is being investigated for agent-related matters that intimately involve not only Balmer, but his own agent, Gary Wichard, as well.

Update (2:56) : David White of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Singletary had this to say during Wednesday's practice: ""I told Kentwan to be here this morning. He is not. We're going to move forward." So, yeah, seems likely Balmer could be cut. On the bright side, that'll give him plenty of time to chat with NCAA investigators.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 12:12 pm

Kentwan Balmer AWOL at 49ers practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

San Francisco DL Kentwan Balmer left training camp Monday, and nobody outside the organization seems to know why.

The San Jose Mercury News has the story, but 49ers coach Mike Singletary declined to comment on why Balmer was gone, saying only, “He and I have to talk and figure some things out."

Singletary said he expected Balmer – who apparently is frustrated about his playing time – to return to camp. Balmer suffered through a shoulder injury last year, and though he said before training camp that he was excited to return and reclaim his starting spot, his position is definitely in jeopardy.

This morning, Pro Football Talk has reported Balmer will return to training camp Wednesday and that Singletary had given Balmer off a couple days to deal with a family matter.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 5:54 pm

Niners lose center Eric Heitmann for 6-8 weeks

Posted by Andy Benoit

According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, 49ers center Eric Heitmann will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken left fibula. Heitmann suffered the injury in Monday’s practice. He’ll likely miss the early part of the regular season.

The Niners, fortunately, gave longtime guard David Baas plenty of snaps at center during the offseason. It’s possible Baas would have ended up replacing the intelligent but athletically-limited Heitmann at some point anyway. With Baas now at center fulltime, you can essentially put to rest any doubt that first-round rookie Mike Iupati will be filling the left guard spot in Week 1.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:21 am

Ahmad Brooks has an unusual injury

Posted by Andy Benoit

Players on NFL injury reports usually have words like “shoulder”, “knee” or “ankle” next to their name. Very rarely does the word “kidney” show up. But such is the case with 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

Matt Barrow of the Sacramento Bee writes:

What was initially diagnosed as bruised ribs has turned out to be more serious for outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks. The team announced today that Brooks has a lacerated kidney. He missed today's practice and will sit out at least two more weeks when his kidney will be reevaluated.

The length of time a player misses with a kidney laceration depends on the severity of the injury and on how quickly an individual heals, which is why the 49ers have not put a time line on Brooks' recovery. Last year, for example, Chicago running back Garrett Wolfe injured his kidney on Nov. 8 and missed the rest of the season. Wolfe spent three days in the hospital recovering from the hit that damaged his kidney. Brooks, on the other hand, was walking around at practice today.

Brooks is not a household name, but the fifth-year pro is a crucial piece to San Francisco’s ascending defense. Uncanny speed and quickness (particularly in his first step) make Brooks the most dominant edge-rushing force the Niners have. He would start ahead of Manny Lawson if not for his lack of awareness in run defense.

Brooks had a career-high six sacks in somewhat limited action in 2009. He also forced four fumbles. The Niners re-signed him to a two-year contract this past offseason, knowing that if he’s healthy, he’s likely a double-digit sack artist.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 5:59 pm

Niners lose backup linebacker for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The 49ers have announced that backup inside linebacker Scott McKillop underwent surgery this morning to repair a torn ACL and patellar tendon in his left knee. The operation was a success, but McKillop will miss the 2010 season.

A fifth-round pick a year ago, the 244-pounder from Pittsburgh was to compete with third-round rookie Navorro Bowman for top backup duties behind veteran Takeo Spikes. Even before McKillop’s injury, Bowman was considered the likely long-term replacement for Spikes.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:09 pm

Franklin's absence at 49ers camp looms large

NT Aubrayo Franklin didn’t report with his 49ers teammates today, and it seems like a pretty good bet he won’t be around when San Francisco officially opens training camp with its first practice Sunday afternoon.

The unsigned Franklin apparently didn’t like the one-year, $7 million tender the 49ers offered, and coach Mike Singletary hasn’t talked to him all offseason. So, what happens now?

Though 49ers observers seem to think a deal will get done in the preseason, it’s hard to tell when he’ll report.

"There's no mistaking about it: Aubrayo is one of a kind," linebacker Patrick Willis told the Press Democrat . "I love playing with Aubrayo. At the same time, I know this is a business and, at the end of the day, we have to work with who we have here. I know everything is going to work itself out and that's out of my control. If I could snap my fingers, and make him be here, I would. But I can't."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 11:07 am
Edited on: July 26, 2010 12:32 pm

Vernon Davis is hosting 'Curling with the Stars'

Quickly: pick one person that would host a "Curling with the Stars" tournament! (Yes, such thing exists, so play along.)

Was your first answer "San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis"? No? Well, it should have been, for two reasons.

1) Davis was the honorary captain for the US Men's Olympic Curling Team (I forgot too, it's okay).

2) He IS hosting the tournament.

Via SB Nation Bay Area :
Members of the 2010 Men's U.S. Olympic Curling team, additional 49ers players and other Bay Area celebrities will be on hand to participate and cheer on the teams.

Prior to the curling competition, Davis will host a dinner and auction at 6:00 p.m., where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Davis Family Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Association. The Davis Family Foundation is a component of the Baltimore Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
So, it benefits people (unlike "Dancing With the Stars") and it gives folks with enough wallet cushion the chance to throw stones with "celebrities"?

Well, then, let me just say that I put my full hogger of support behind this. Or something.

-- Will Brinson

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