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September 19, 2012
Bakhtiari back in 49ers lineup; Alex Smith's expensive headwear


The 49ers filled their opening on the 53-man roster with their most productive outside linebacker during the preseason - Eric Baktiari, who led the 49ers with 2 ½ sacks in three and a half games during the exhibition season. The 49ers have an opening due to Clark Haggans' three-game suspension.

"Obviously we liked Eric a lot when he was here and the effort he gave and what he did in the preseason," Jim Harbaugh said. "Excited to get him on the field today."

Haggans, meanwhile, struck a philosophical tone on his three-game suspension, which stemmed from two DUI incidents, one of them in 2004 and the other last year in Arizona when he was with the Cardinals.

"I look at it from the perspective of getting into my playbook, getting more comfortable with the team, the coaches and players," Haggans said. "Work out, stay in shape and then just try to hit the ground running when I can." Haggans can return to the active roster Oct. 8.

Earlier today on KNBR radio, Alex Smith revealed that he had been fined by the NFL. The infraction? Wearing a San Francisco Giants cap not sponsored by the league. Smith elaborated today, saying the fine amount was a whopping $15,000. He said players must wear league-sponsored apparel 90 minutes before and after games.

"So it's weird. Like, I can wear a Polo shirt after the game and they're not going to fine me for the Polo (logo)," he said.

He said the league later reviewed that fine - and one given to Patriots receiver Wes Welker - and decided to give the two warnings instead. Smith said that if he continues to wear the hat, perhaps the Giants can foot the bill.

"Yeah, can you call Larry Baer for me?" Smith said, referring to the Giants' chief executive.

-- 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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