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Friday, August 7, 2009
Around the NFC West: 49ers receiver injured

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says new 49ers receiver Brandon Jones suffered a sprained shoulder during practice. Also, coach Mike Singletary says he "loves" Vernon Davis despite the tight end's occasional issues, which included taking swings at teammate Marques Harris during the morning practice.

Also from Maiocco: a list of the seven longest rookie contract disputes in 49ers history. Jimmy Webb's lasted 43 days in 1975. Also, Maiocco thinks the 49ers should keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

More from Maiocco: The 49ers could, in theory, trade rights to Michael Crabtree.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle updates the Crabtree situation before crediting receiver Dominique Zeigler with the 49ers' play of the day.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee runs play-by-play results for quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Alex Smith.

Also from Barrows: Singletary made the entire team run sprints as punishment for Davis' fight.

More from Barrows: The 49ers yawned amid Crabtree-related reports.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News says receiver Josh Morgan returned to practice after suffering a neck strain that appeared more serious at first.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals quarterback Brian St. Pierre, who is getting more reps than usual as he challenges Matt Leinart for the No. 2 job.

Also from Somers: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt points to undisciplined play and poor communication as problems for the team on defense last season.

More from Somers: Early Doucet (shoulder) and Beanie Wells (ankle) probably will not play against the Steelers in the exhibition opener.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the physical Bryant McFadden and athletic Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie form a perfect pair of corners in the Arizona secondary.

Also from Urban: a story about Urban. Jerheme Urban.

Jim Moore of seattlepi.com looks into Seahawks offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer's employment background. Moore: "When he was at Arizona State, Ruegamer spent one summer on a farm where he castrated lambs with his teeth. That's right, he castrated lambs with his teeth. As the story goes, Ruegamer was helping a Basque family friend on her Nevada farm. This is how Basque ranchers castrate lambs -- according to Ruegamer, using your teeth instead of a knife quickens the healing process."

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are trying to make a statement on defense.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with guard Rob Sims, who is healthy and having fun again -- while playing well -- at left guard.

Also from Farnsworth: a camp report for Thursday.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck as saying receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh "shows up" in the red zone and on third down.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are gearing up for their scrimmage. Thomas: '[Coach Steve] Spagnuolo said the scrimmage will feature a lot of situational work. Not all of tonight's drills and 11-on-11 work will be live. But there will be some 'move-the-ball' situations that will look very much like game situations. Except, of course, that the quarterbacks can't get hit. And as usually is the case in these affairs, none of the special-teams sessions will feature full contact."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says second-year Rams defensive end Chris Long feels a "swagger" building among defensive teammates.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat quotes Rams tight end Randy McMichael as saying the team is responding well to drills with live tackling.

Also from Korte: Rams defensive backs pick up loose balls in practice or face self-imposed fines.

Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports from Rams camp. Writes Wyche, a former Falcons beat reporter: "St. Louis might have found a complementary receiving option in third-year player Laurent Robinson, who was acquired in a low-profile trade with Atlanta over the summer. The 6-2, 200-pound Robinson is working in the top-three receiver rotation, playing wide and out of the slot. He is a deep threat but is also a solid catch-and-run player, which is ideal for St. Louis' West Coast system. He had a solid rookie season with the Falcons after being taken in the third round of the 2007 draft, but injury problems and a lack of physicality in the running game made him expendable in Atlanta."