Niners lose guard, and other notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers lost Adam Snyder for at least one exhibition game when the veteran left guard suffered an ankle injury during practice this afternoon.

Coach Mike Nolan wasn't immediately sure which player would replace Snyder against the Bears on Thursday night. In other developments this afternoon:

  • The 49ers' starting offense could play into the third quarter against the Bears.

  • At quarterback, the 49ers will not weigh salary-cap issues and other factors that could, in my words, favor choosing Alex Smith over J.T. O'Sullivan and Shaun Hill.

The question, as asked by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee moments ago: "When you and Mike (Martz) and Ted (Tollner) and Scot (McCloughan) sit down and make the final decision for quarterback, does investment factor into that, how much money a player makes, does any of that sort of off-field stuff ..."

To which Nolan said: "This decision is going to be based on who we feel at this point gives us the best chance to win. That's what we'll do."

  • Second-year receiver Jason Hill, overshadowed in camp by rookie Josh Morgan, beat double coverage to catch a deep ball along the right sideline. I'll have more on Hill based on a conversation we had Monday.

  • The 49ers played simulated crowd noise over loudspeakers during practice, something I've never seen during training camp. The volume remained the same for each quarterback (hey, it's a fair competition).

  • Nolan, when asked if he'll be relieved when the 49ers finally name a starting quarterback: "Not as much as you guys."

I've got a plane to catch in a few hours. Plenty of stuff to come tomorrow. I've checked in with two Rams players today and a Cardinals player is on the schedule within the next hour or so. I've got some Seahawks stuff left over from their postgame locker-room session, and plenty of fresh stuff on the 49ers that we'll get to in the coming days.

Then it's back to the Bay Area for the Cardinals-Raiders game Saturday night. Oh, and one other thing: Thanks for continuing to hit the mailbag. Great stuff, as always.