Justin Smith not in uniform for 49ers' exhibition opener


Justin Smith not in uniform for 49ers' exhibition opener

SAN FRANCISCO -- Defensive linemen Justin Smith is the most notable 49ers player not in uniform for Friday's opener against the Minnesota Vikings.Smith, the winner of the Bill Walsh Award last season as the team MVP, is likely being given the night off. He was on the field during pregame warmups, but is not injured. He sat out a practice last week but returned the next day, as coach Jim Harbaugh gave the veteran a rest day.Other players not expected to see action Friday night are tight end Nate Byham, defensive lineman Will Tukuafu, receiver Joe Hastings and linebacker Cam Johnson. Linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) and running back Jewel Hampton (bone spurs) have yet to be activated for training camp.The 49ers announced that defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs would be listed as a tight end and wear No. 40. However, Dobbs took part in warmups with the 49ers' defensive linemen. He is expected to see action on both sides of the ball during the exhibition season. Prior to Friday's game, Parys Haralson yelled a greeting to former 49ers coach Mike Singletary, now the Vikings' assistant to the head coachlinebackers. Larry Grant went over to shake Singletary's hand during pre-game warmups.

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.”