That was the general reaction from the 49ers when told of Ronnie Lott's scathing rebuke of Jonas Jennings on the radio this morning. Told what Lott said (see below), Jennings scrunched his face and said, "I have no idea what he's talking about." Later Jennings said, "I don't know where he could possibly get that from. God bless him. Just let him know I'm fine."
Coach Mike Nolan had a similar reaction. "I have tremendous respect for Ronnie Lott. He's an outstanding player and I still to this day have a lot of respect for him. That won't change. But those are his views." Asked whether he had any issues with Jennings, Nolan said, "Jonas is one of those guys on our football team that needs to be healthy and get back on the field. But oustide of that I don't have a comment on what was said. Again, those are (Lott's) comments."
Jennings is doubtful for Sunday with a high-ankle sprain. Adam Snyder will start in his place.
In other injury news, Frank Gore again is questionable. Both Gore and Nolan said Gore's ankle was about the same as it was at this point last week. Still, it seemed like there was less optimism that Gore will play Sunday. Nolan called it a game-time decision. Gore, meanwhile, said "I'll be able to go. I'll be alright." But later he admitted he couldn't cut and push off like he is accustomed to doing. He seemed very gloomy.
Michael Robinson and Maurice Hicks will split time if Gore can't play.
Return man Michael Lewis, home for personal reasons, will meet the team in Atlanta. Lewis, Darrell Jackson, Alex Smith and Delanie Walker are all 'probable' to play against the Falcons.
-- Matt Barrows