It turns out that kicker Jeff Reed probably is more than a one-week fix. Reed today said that he expected to be the 49ers kicker for the remainder of the season, an indication that the setback Joe Nedney suffered this week will keep him out the rest of the season. Nedney was returning from a knee strain/bone bruise that occurred on the opening kickoff Nov. 14 against St. Louis. Trent Baalke, the team's personnel chief, said that no determination has been made on Nedney's status for the rest of the year and that he'll be examined again Monday. As it stands now, however, Baalke said Nedney's return this year "doesn't look good."
The 49ers contacted Reed when Nedney's injury first occurred. At that time, Reed said it was "a one-game deal" to sign with San Francisco. He also said he was "in a state of shock" after having just been released by Pittsburgh where he had spent his first nine seasons and that he needed time to clear his head.
When the 49ers called again this week, the duration was different. "I know that I've been told that I'll be here the rest of the season," Reed said. " ... From then on out, I don't know what's going to happen."
Earlier this week, Nedney told reporters that his knee felt a lot better and that he thought he'd play Sunday in Green Bay. The 49ers went so far as to release Shane Andrus, who had filled in for Nedney the last two weeks. Nedney, however, suffered a setback this week that prompted the 49ers to call Reed and his agent. Nedney's injury is not believed to be career-threatening. However, his availability for the rest of the season is likely to be tenuous, and the 49ers felt they needed to nail down a veteran kicker, hence the signing of Reed.
Reed, meanwhile, said he still doesn't understand why the Steelers cut ties with him last month. "Your guess is as good as mine," he said. "The bottom line is that I'm not there. And I'm here." He said it was unfortunate that his chance in San Francisco has come due to an injury to Nedney, but that he was eager to make his mark with the 49ers.
Reed hopped on an early-morning flight out of Pittsburgh today and arrived in time to chat with coach Mike Singletary at the end of the 49ers practice. He'll get up early and take a few snaps with longsnapper Brian Jennings and holder Andy Lee before the team flies to Green Bay.
Reed certainly won't be eased into action. The forecast calls for sub-freezing temperatures Sunday. Reed, however, said it won't be an issue for him. "It's kind of like home," he said. "I played in Pittsburgh in the winter for nine seasons. I played in Cleveland last year and it was minus-27 degrees wind chill and 40 mph winds, and that was no fun. I found a way to go 2-2 that game."
In fact, Reed told reporters that he found himself sweating when he stepped off the plane in Northern California. "When I left it was 17 degrees," he said.
Center David Baas (concussion) practiced Friday. While Singletary said that Baas was probable to play against the Packers, he was officially listed as questionable on the injury report. Linebacker Parys Haralson (ankle) and Shawntae Spencer (quad) also are listed as questionable.
WR Josh Morgan (shoulder) and RB Brian Westbrook (ankle) are probable. CB Will James (concussion) is doubtful. Nedney and Joe Staley (leg) are out.
-- Matt Barrows