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August 17, 2010
Singletary wants Ginn on kickoffs, not punts

After a solid debut as the team's punt returner, rookie Kyle Williams is out for at least two weeks with a toe strain. I asked Mike Singletary a few moments ago whether he's seen enough of Williams thus far to be confident with him as the team's punt returner. He stopped short of giving Williams a full endorsement. "I certainly like what I saw," he said. "But I think it's one of those things where we have to continue to evaluate - his health and his toe and everything. We'll take our time and see what's there."

Singletary, however, said he's not sure how much more he wants to see of Ted Ginn at punt returner. Ginn has gotten extensive playing time at receiver and Singletary said the 49ers want him to concentrate more on kick returns than punt returns. He said others would be worked into the punt-return game. The only one he mentioned was Dominique Zeigler, whom the 49ers would like to see land a prominent special teams role.

Before taking the field for the afternoon practice, Singletary said he did not think that tight end Vernon Davis will take part in the session. Davis landed awkwardly following a reception attempt in Indianapolis and has a sprained knee. The injury, however, appears to be short-term. Davis jogged out of the locker room to the practice field. He also took part in the team's sideline-to-sideline warm-up run.

Michael Crabtree (neck) is going through a limited practice. It looks as if Brandon Jones (hamstring) and Travis LaBoy (concussion/foot) will practice today. OLB Brandon Long (knee) will not. Neither will guard Chris Patrick. Also, Singletary said that kicker Joe Nedney's been a little sore, which is why Shane Andrus handled all of the kicking duties Sunday.

-- 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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