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August 13, 2008
Nolan to players: Enjoy the afternoon

Sorry about the delay ... technical difficulties have been a problem all morning and I'm now using ... gulp ... dial up. Sooooo 1998 ...

J.T. O'Sullivan again ran the first team and if you don't believe he'll start Saturday's game, I have some newspaper stock I want to sell you. O'Sullivan looked good, hitting Josh Morgan on a bomb early in team sessions and then throwing another nice pass to Vernon Davis that left him - O'Sullivan - pumping his fist. One bit of news is that there has been a Shaun Hill sighting. Hill, who hasn't had any team repetitions in a week, split the second-team reps with Alex Smith. Mike Nolan said afterward that because Hill would play in Saturday's game against the Packers, he needs to get some practice reps.

O'Sullivan was 8 of 15. Smith was 3 of 7, including one pass that was picked off by Dontarrious Thomas. Hill was incomplete on his first attempt, but went 6 of 8 for the morning.

The 49ers were supposed to practice twice today. But before they had their team session, Nolan had an announcement: "I'm going to apply a little pressure to the practice. How well we practice will determine whether we practice in the afternoon," he said, which, of course, was met by cheers from the players. The practice indeed went well - certainly better than Monday's session - and was capped off when Joe Nedney made a 40-yard field goal, in which several players formed the goal posts. (Marcus Hudson and Allen Rossum were the uprights).

Nolan said the coaches will use the afternoon to start to game plan for Green Bay. This presumably means they will pick a starter by the end of the day. The players who won't see any action are WRs Arnaz Battle (hamstring), Ashley Lelie (calf) and Bryant Johnson (hamstring). Look for the starters to be Josh Morgan at X and Isaac Bruce at Z. If Bruce doesn't play, Jason Hill probably will get the start. Also out are G David Baas and safety Lewis Baker.

I'll have more on Saturday's game later today ...

-- 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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