Improving Aldon Smith still iffy for Sunday's game


Improving Aldon Smith still iffy for Sunday's game

SANTA CLARA -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith put on the pads for practice Monday, but it's iffy whether he'll be available for the 49ers dress rehearsal for the regular season."At the rate I'm going, who knows?" Smith said Tuesday.He sustained a deep right hip bruise in the 49ers' exhibition opener Aug. 10 against the Minnesota Vikings. He spent most of last week hobbling around on crutches.When he went to the practice field Monday, Smith limped through individual drills and did not take part in any team work."I wasn't walking, now I'm walking," Smith said. "So we'll see what happens last week."When asked if he's still bothered, Smith answered, "A little bit."He added, with a smile, "It's really killing me. No, man, I'm all right. I'm healing up fast. I'm on track. I'll be good."The 49ers face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It's the third exhibition game, the one week in which starters generally see more playing time than in any of the other tuneup games.
Smith was a pass-rush specialist for the 49ers last season, as he played 48.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps. The 49ers decided in his second year that it was best to have him replace Parys Haralson on first and second downs, too.That transition to a full-time outside linebacker role has been interrupted with the 49ers set to open the regular season Sept. 9 at Green Bay."I think everybody needs playing time," Smith said. "Reps are everything. Any time you can get better, why not?"I was feeling good (with the transition). I'm still feeling good. Can't move like I want to, but I'm feeling good mentally and physically, every day is getting better."Smith, who recorded 14 sacks as a rookie, wants to get a chance to play Sunday against the Broncos. Good friend Von Miller, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, plays for Denver.When asked what he said to Miller in the offseason, Smith said, "I got more sacks than you, Bro."Miller recorded 11.5 sacks, but had 27 more tackles than Smith while starting 15 games."I was happy for him," Smith said. "He got the award. And we talked about it before the season started. He accomplished what he wanted to do, and I think I did, too. So we're both pretty happy with what happened."

John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'


John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.

General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.

“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.

“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’

“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”

Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.