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December 21, 2011
Davis on Edwards: "He wants to be out there bad"


On Tuesday afternoon, Vernon Davis sent out the following Tweet: "Thankful to have @OfficialBraylon on my team. He's a true professional and football is very important to him."

Asked about the message today, Davis said he's noticed Braylon Edwards' frustration this season and wanted to show his support. "Just the look on his face is he wants to be out there bad," Davis said. "But I don't know the reason he's not. That's up to the coaches and him and Ferg (head trainer Jeff Ferguson) and the trainers."

Edwards missed the team's Dec. 4 game against St. Louis to rehabilitate a nagging knee issue, then was held out of Monday's win over the Steelers. Harbaugh made it sound like Edwards didn't play Monday because his practice effort has been lacking, and it certainly seems as if Edwards is in the coach's doghouse.

"Just saying kind words like that keeps a guy like that level-headed and keeps him hungry and keeps him ready to go at any time," Davis said. "And I just felt that upon my spirit to lay that out there. And he is - he's a guy that I'm grateful to have on the team. He's a true playmaker, and if given the opportunity I'm sure he'll take advantage of it."

Another 49ers' receiver, Ted Ginn, injured his ankle Monday and was observed limping today. Ginn, however, did not have crutches or a walking boot. If he can't play Saturday against the Seahawks, Kyle Williams' special teams' duties would increase. That means that Edwards will be needed more on offense.

Edwards was not in the locker room today. But he responded to Davis on Tuesday: "feelings very mutual brother since day 1."

Patrick Willis (hamstring) was in his No. 52 jersey for first time in weeks but still working out with strength coach Mark Uyeyama. He still seems like a long shot to play Saturday. Joe Staley (leg) was practicing but there was no Ted Ginn.

-- 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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