Around the NFC West: 49ers' survivor

Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers fullback Jehuu Caulcrick survived civil war in Liberia before becoming an NFL prospect at Michigan State. Barber: "The worst moment, Caulcrick said, occurred at home. His grandmother’s school was alongside the living space, and he and some young relatives drifted there to get out of the heat one day when rebel soldiers opened fire on the building. A bullet pierced two doors and hit Caulcrick’s adopted brother, 14, in the neck. The life-long friend died right in front of Caulcrick. The boy saw other things too graphic to mention in a newspaper."

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says the 49ers might hold their first training camp practice Aug. 2, although the team has made no announcement. Also: "Safety Taylor Mays got third-team reps with the 49ers' defense but he had a good vantage point to take part in mental reps when he wasn't one of the 11 49ers' defenders on the field. Interestingly, when the first two units were on the field, Mays was in the hip pocket of Johnnie Lynn, who serves as special assistant to the head coach/secondary, about 35 yards down the field."

Also from Maiocco: David Carr is getting better results even though his delivery appears a bit unusual.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says authorities clocked 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald traveling 94 miles per hour before arresting him on suspicion of DUI. Barrows: "According to the 49ers, McDonald told the team what happened immediately after his arrest. McDonald took part in this morning's practice, and afterward apologized for becoming a distraction."

Also from Barber: a look at Patrick Willis' return to practice.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle offers notes from 49ers practice.

Ben Malcolmson of seahawks.com says kicker Olindo Mare has shocked coaches by making all 104 field-goal tries during offseason practices. Special-teams coach Brian Schneider: "He’s incredible. He’s so accurate and consistent. It makes you feel confident that you’re going to get points when you get the opportunity."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Leroy Hill's return to the Seahawks suggests the team has plans for him this season. O'Neil: "Hill, 27, is still facing that charge at Issaquah Municipal Court. He has pleaded not guilty, and the case is proceeding toward a trial that could begin the final week of July. Hill also faces potential repercussions in Georgia, where he is on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in April. The charge dated back to a February 2009 incident in suburban Atlanta when he was found with less than an ounce of marijuana in the car, according to the police report."

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' Nick Reed likes the team's new defense. Reed: "I think it’s going to give me a better opportunity to get on the field more for this team, and I’m very excited about that. They’re not throwing everything at us at once. They are putting it in slowly so we’re getting comfortable with everything. I think it’s a good spot for me. To be honest it’s not a lot different. There’s a couple, different variations, but it’s the same position with a few tweaks here and there."

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic expects Alan Faneca and Reggie Wells to enter training camp as the Cardinals' starting guards, with the newly re-signed Deuce Lutui trying to make up lost ground.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com takes a player-by-player look at the Cardinals on defense. He expects Paris Lenon to start in Karlos Dansby's old spot. Urban: "Replacing Karlos Dansby isn’t going to be easy (Thanks, Mr. Obvious). This is eventually Daryl Washington’s spot, but maybe not this year and certainly not to start the regular season. I’ve already talked about the coaches’ aversion to giving rookies a lot of time early."

Tim Logan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was there when St. Louis business leaders toured Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with an eye toward building a new stadium for the Rams eventually. Logan: "In Indy, three years of negotiations led to a deal in which tax dollars covered most of the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium, and in which the Colts get the vast majority of gameday revenue (concessions, signage, etc.). That may not sound like a good deal for the city, but that’s not how these people see it. The new stadium, they point out, didn’t just help keep the Colts in town for eight football games a year. It also hosts 100 non-football events a year, from fire department conventions to the rehearsal dinner for the wedding of the Indiana governor’s daughter. It also enabled Indianapolis to sign a deal with the NCAA to regularly host men’s and women’s basketball Final Fours for the next 30 years (the stadium is configured to hold big basketball events, in addition to football), and with the NFL for the 2012 Super Bowl And it gave the city room to tear down the old RCA Dome and launch a major expansion of its convention center – a key piece of its downtown economic development strategy."