Crabtree sits, remains involved at 49ers' practice


Crabtree sits, remains involved at 49ers' practice

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SAN JOSE -- Receiver Michael Crabtree, nursing discomfort in his surgically repaired left foot, sat out most of the on-field portion of the 49ers' offensive practice session on Monday.Crabtree attended the Alex Smith-led classroom session Monday morning at San Jose State. He joined his teammates on the field at Spartan Stadium, and caught some warmup passes from the team's three quarterbacks.But Crabtree did not run any full-speed pass routes. Instead, he remained close to the 49ers' quarterbacks and referred repeatedly to a copy of the practice script he held in his hands.MAIOCCO: Live blog from 49ers 'Camp Alex' at SJSU
Crabtree aggravated his left foot on June 6, on the first day of a four-day period in which 49ers offensive players met for classroom and on-field work. Crabtree underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture during the 2009 offseason. Two months later, the 49ers selected him with the No. 10 overall draft pick.
Crabtree attended all four days of playbook study earlier this month during the first get-together of 49ers players, known as "Camp Alex." However, Crabtree left when the 49ers players went to the practice field.On Monday, Crabtree joined his teammates and paid close attention during the 90-minute session, which is designed to familiarize the players with the offensive playbook.The day began with the players watching film cut-ups from West Coast offenses, including the 49ers during the Steve Young era. The practice session was filmed and will be used during the morning meetings as a teaching tool.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”