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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Back in business from 49ers camp

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Lots of catching up to do here at 49ers camp. Let's start with a few notes and observations from the morning practice. I'll save some of the heavy lifting for future posts, particularly once I speak with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz tomorrow.

In San Francisco, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, a former NFL linebacker, stands inside a white ring (a giant hula-hoop, basically). He wears a red pad on one forearm. Linebackers simulate a pass-rush situation by running toward Manusky and then around him, their feet just outside the hula hoop. Manusky whacks them with the pad as they run by, then turns and whacks them again for good measure after they turn the corner and complete the circle.
Haralson fell to the ground after one of their encounters. Manusky was clearly enjoying his work. Jay Moore, Tully Banta-Cain and Manny Lawson were the other linebackers participating.
So much more to get to here. The 49ers have a special-teams practice in about 20 minutes, and I have interviews scheduled as well. Look for some hard-core roster analysis in a bit.