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November 4, 2008
Rare Tuesday practice yields spirited results

There was a little extra nip in the air and a little extra fight in the 49ers today as the team returned from its bye week. Maybe it was the result of having a few days off. Maybe election day brought some added excitement. Whatever the cause, there was some training camp-esque trash talking, especially after Frank Gore caught a touchdown pass in front of Mark Roman and spiked the ball at the safety's feet. There also was some extra hitting. And there was lots of sweating despite the wind and 50-degree temperatures. Guard David Baas cramped up and rookie Chilo Rachal, who got plenty of work in practice, nearly did the same.

With the 49ers preparing for a Monday night game, they essentially had a free day. And they used it to work off a little steam. "We're not going to get another day like today the rest of the season," coach Mike Singletary said. "How do we get the most out of today? We came out and had an extended walk through and just decided (to go) ones against ones. It worked out well."

Jonas Jennings (shoulder) took part in individual drills for the first time since dislocating his shoulder in Week Two but was held out of the team functions. "I'm alright. Felt pretty good," Jennings said. Adam Snyder was not at practice because he and his wife just had a baby boy

Isaac Bruce, Arnaz Battle and Josh Morgan were all held out of practice. There is no practice Wednesday, but all three are expected to return on Thursday. Delanie Walker was held out of contact drills but said his elbow should be fine by Monday.

The equipment guys must not like new addition Sean Ryan. Why? Because they gave him No. 81, which was cursed by Terrell Owens when he left San Francisco. Just ask Rashaun Woods, Antonio Bryant, Brandon Williams and Cam Colvin ....

-- 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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