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April 18, 2012
Harbaugh says Randy Moss will arrive April 30


Randy Moss, one of the few 49ers who are not taking part in the team's voluntary workouts, is due to arrive on April 30. Coach Jim Harbaugh said today that he and Moss settled on that date when Moss worked out with Harbaugh last month.

In fact, Harbaugh said he suggested that Moss, an 13-year veteran, not show up for the start of offseason workouts. He said that Moss has a family in West Virginia and that the receiver was better served being around them than showing up for voluntary workouts. "He's got them to take care of and I understand that," Harbaugh said. "He can work out there just as easy as he can work out here over these two weeks."

Harbaugh also said he would take a straw vote among his players about the possibility of spending a week in Youngstown, Ohio between road trips to Minnesota and New York in weeks 3 and 4. The team did that last year between games in Cincinnati and Philadelphia and won both.

Harbaugh said the advantage is that the 49ers, who typically travel more than any other team outside of the Seattle Seahawks, take 2,000 to 3,000 miles off their itinerary. The downside is that players are away from their families for 10 days.

Asked if the team might stay somewhere else, Harbaugh said, no. "If we do it, Youngstown makes a lot of sense," he said. Youngstown is the hometown of the DeBartolo family, and the Harbaugh noted that the 49ers were treated very well last year.

Stanford's Coby Fleener and Chris Owusu and Cal's Sean Cattouse and Bryan Anger both attended today's "local" pro day but did not participate in drills. Fleener, who is a possibility to the 49ers at No. 30, said he had a break in his school schedule and his pre-draft visit schedule to visit the 49ers coaches, many of whom he played for at Stanford.

Fleener said he's taken a number of visits around the league but declined to say which teams he's met. He said the number was "less than 10."

-- 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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