Mike Singletary said this morning that he will give defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer time to handle the personal issue that kept him out of practice because the third-year player has "a lot on his plate right now."
"It's on Kentwan," Singletary told Brian Murphy on KNBR radio this morning. "As far as I'm concerned, we've got to continue to practice and do what we have to do, and Kentwan's got to make up his mind in terms of how he's going to handle some of the personal issues that he has to handle. It's like any other young man or any other individual, sometimes things come up in life and you have to decide which is more important. That's where Kentwan is, and until he makes a decision I'm going to give him the time to handle it. Because there's certainly a lot that's on his plate right now."
Asked if he would expand, Singletary said, "No, No. Absolutely not. It's just a personal issue and I'm going to leave it that way and maybe one day Kentwan will talk to you about it." Singletary said there was no question Balmer would be with the 49ers this year.
Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk cited a source that said Balmer would return to the practice field Wednesday. That, of course, implies that he will miss today's practice in addition to the Monday morning session.
One more thing: Balmer's name is found throughout this Yahoo piece regarding an NCAA investigation into the University of North Carolina.
In other 49ers news, one outside linebacker, Bruce Davis is expected to join the field today while another, Martail Burnett, is not expected to be out for very long. Burnett's knee sprain looked serious when it happened, but a source called it a "relatively minor injury" that will take two to five days from which to recover.
-- Matt Barrows