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July 27, 2008
Dilfer's back! .... (as a journalist)

A familiar face is sitting in the bleacher's today -- Trent Dilfer, who was recently hired as an analyst by ESPN. Dilfer said he'll be working on Sundays and Mondays this year, appearing on NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown. He'll also do a bit of radio work for ESPN.

Dilfer said he'll be taking a tour of training camps over the next couple of weeks. However, he's limiting his trip to the West Coast. That's because Dilfer is wearing a big black plastic on his right leg, the result of a torn Achilles tendon suffered while playing basketball earlier this month. Asked if he ever thought a long-term injury would come on the basketball court instead of the football field, Dilfer respond, "You kind of knew it would come from something (stupid) like that."

Damane Duckett is out today but it doesn't look as if his knee injury is as bad as previously feared. He is listed as day to day. So is Ashley Lelie, who suffered an ill-timed calf injury. Lelie obviously wasn't in the good graces of the coaching staff last season and with good-looking rookie Josh Morgan breathing down his neck, a roster spot for Lelie is not guaranteed. Also out are Joe Staley (infected bug bite), Aubrayo Franklin (calf) and David Baas (pectoral). Franklin and Staley aren't expected to be out for long.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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