A couple of players got banged up at the 49ers voluntary OTA practice going on from Monday through Thursday. Most notably was corner back Walt Harris who suffered a sprained right knee. It was reported that Harris was on the field for several minutes as he was examined by trainers. He did not practice the rest of the day. The Niners are short in the CB department with Tarell Brown and Shawntae Spencer as the backups. Spencer missed 14 games last year because of surgery on his knee. GM Scott McCloughan did not sign or draft a CB to beef up the backups. Harris is 34 years old so depending on how serious the injury turns out it will indicate if the Niners are in trouble at the position. Brown and Spencer are adequate backups but even with Harris and star CB Nate Clements last year the secondary was lit-up. Not all blame falls to the CB corps because the D-line and linebackers share equal responsibility failing to pressure the QB. (A defensive pass rusher was also overlooked by McCloughan in free agency and the draft.) Let’s cross our fingers and hope Harris’ injury is not serious.
Also injured was wide receiver Dominique Zeigler who got leveled by free safety Dashon Goldson. This happened only a few minutes after the Harris got hurt who was covering Zeigler when he injured his knee. I wonder if Zeigler believes in karma? Zeigler injury was described as “banged up” and the injury is not serious. On Monday defensive end Kentwan Balmer hurt his right knee and WR Josh Morgan hurt his ankle. Both sat out Tuesday’s practice. In only two days the 49ers have managed to get four players hurt in non-contact drills. Mike Singletary said he was not happy with the effort at Monday’s practice so maybe the players thought they had to turn it up a few notches which lead to the injuries.
49ers Sign Two Draft Picks
Third round draft pick Scott McKillop and seventh round draft pick Ricky Jean-Francois finalized their contracts and are officially part of the Red and Gold family.
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