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San Francisco 49ers’ Cornerback Chris Culliver Given the “OK” to Practice

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:08 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Just as the beginning of training camp looms for the San Francisco 49ers, cornerback Chris Culliver received some great news; he's been cleared to practice.

Culliver suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during training camp last year, subsequently, the fourth-year pro spent all of last season on Injured Reserve.

CSN's Matt Miaocco reported that Culliver came to training camp this past Friday when veteran players, still rehabbing from injuries, were allowed to report. The 25-year old attended the 49ers' off season program where he continued his rehab, but did take part in any on-field drills.

Culliver's last appearance for the Niners was during Super Bowl 47 against the Baltimore Ravens where Culliver did not perform well at all. With that bitter taste probably still lingering, Culliver will have the chance to wash it away as he enters this season with a legitimate chance of starting. During the 2012 season, Culliver showed flashes of talent while performing as the teams primary nickel back. But with former starters Carlos Rogers and Tarrell Brown no longer with San Francisco, Culliver will look to prove that he has fully recovered from his injury and that he is ready to take that next step as a starter.

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What Does 2014 Have in Store for San Francisco 49ers’ Running Back LaMichael James?

July 21st, 2014 at 8:09 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Over the last few years, the San Francisco 49ers have been characterized as a "run-heavy" offense. Led by five-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, the running game possesses great depth, youth and is equipped with one of the best offensive lines in the game. But sometimes, what's good for the team may not be ideal for an individual…enter LaMichael James.

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Since being drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft, James has been frustrated with his limited opportunities. At the time he was drafted the running back core consisted of Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon. James appeared in only four games his rookie year posting 125 yards on 27 carries. Yet with the 49ers performing as one of the top teams in the league, why change what's working?

Last season, James was limited once again in the running game, but much like his rookie year, the Niners had no need for James to be inserted into the backfield. The team ended the regular season with the third most rushing yards in the league.

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What’s Plan B for the San Francisco 49ers at Right Guard?

July 20th, 2014 at 3:46 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Without a new deal, CSNBayArea.com reports right guard Alex Boone is in "no way" showing up to training camp…and potentially the start of the 2014 season. So what are the San Francisco 49ers to do if Boone is true to his word?

It's been well documented that Boone is seeking a new contract despite having two more years left on his current deal. Boone believes that he has outplayed the contract and feels that he deserves to be paid accordingly. The 49ers look to have more pressing issues with more highly touted players like Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree entering their walk years.

At first glance, Tenth-year pro Adam Snyder would be the most likely candidate to plug into Boone's spot. Snyder played in all 16 regular season games last year, filling in wherever he was needed and even started four games. However, inconsistencies caused the veteran out of Oregon to lose his starting gig in the first place. While still a valuable asset to have due to his experience and versatility along the offensive line, depending on him on a every down basis may not be in San Francisco's best interest. 

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San Francisco 49ers’ Nose Tackle Ian Williams Placed on PUP List

July 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Ian Williams was expected to be the primary nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers to open the season last year, but unfortunately for Williams, he will start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Williams dislocated his left fibula and suffered severe ligament damage during the second game of the season in Seattle. The play showed Seattle's right guard J.R. Sweezy hit the dirt and deliver a low cut-block on Williams. The block at the time was legal so the Seahawks were not penalized, however this season is a different story as the league has outlawed the play in order to prevent similar injuries to defensive players.

Since the play occurred, Williams has undergone four surgeries.

Williams has been optimistic over the past few months and had anticipated coming to training camp healthy, but at the same time, understood that he has to be cautious.

"I want to make sure I'm close to 100  because my position is very different than others." Williams told a group of reporters after the 49ers offseason program.

Williams continued to tell CSN's Matt Maiocco, "I have two guys, at times, pushing on me, so I have different angles I got to hold 700 pounds sometimes. So I want to make sure my ankle is as close to 100 as possible."

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San Francisco 49er Linebacker Aldon Smith Sentenced to 12 Days in Jail

July 18th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

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The San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced to 12 days in jail Friday afternoon on DUI charges. But fortunately for Smith, ESPN.com reports that he can serve his sentence on a work crew.

San Francisco's sack specialist must tread carefully however, as the judge put Smith on three years’ probation. According to the San Jose Mercury News, stipulations of Smith's probation involve prohibiting him from drinking any alcohol or possessing any guns or ammunition for three years; a violation will put Smith in jail for 11 days (reduced to 11 after receiving credit for one day served, on a work crew on consecutive Mondays beginning July 28).

In addition to his probation and the 12 day sentence, CBSSports.com NFL writer Josh Katzowitz reports Smith must serve 235 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine. 

The Mercury News' Tracey Kaplan reported that the fourth year pro was facing a "maximum sentence of four years and four months in jail for three felony counts of possessing assault rifles. Due to Smith's "lack of a criminal record," the judge had reduced the sentence significantly. By all accounts, Smith was apologetic and cooperative to the judge's ruling.

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