Running back Michael Robinson underwent surgery on his torn right knee on Monday . It is unsure when he will return to practice. He was hurt on Sunday in a non-contact drill. With DeShaun Foster as the primary back-up to Frank Gore this season Robinson’s injury has more of an impact on special-teams. He led the special-teams with 27 tackles last year.
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be calling plays from the press box this season. “It’s the most effective spot for me,” he said. “With Ted coaching the quarterbacks, we’ve got plenty of guys on the sideline.”
Martz also said he plans to use Gore as a receiver “in every way possible – as deep threat, short threat, crossing threat. … We have to be careful not to overload him and take away what he does best, which is run the football.” In Marshall Faulk’s first year as a Ram and under Martz he led the league with 2,429 total yards (1,381 yards rushing, 1,048 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns). Martz had Isaac Bruce (the young incarnation) and Torry Holt which made the defense focus on the receivers that left Faulk open to gain so many yards. Let’s hope Martz can do the same with the current 49er receivers. Gore has led the team in receptions the last two years.
Offensive tackle Joe Staley arrived to training camp on crutches due to swelling in his right foot from an infection. He hopes to start participating in team workouts today.