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January 25, 2013
Brooks is back: OLB rejoins practice; team missing only one player

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Ahmad Brooks, who missed the last two practices with a shoulder injury, was back on the field for the start of Friday's session. Brooks was in a black, no-contact jersey, so expect him to join cornerback Tarell Brown, fullback Bruce Miller and linebacker Aldon Smith as limited on today's practice participation report. All four have shoulder injuries.

Earlier in the day, Jim Harbaugh spoke at length about Brooks and said he's expected to be on hand for the Super Bowl. "Well, been fantastic for us," Harbaugh said. "He's played at a really high level. His opportunity to be an every-down player this year and last year, well documented the season he had last year. This year, he's been fantastic."

"Vic Fangio made the comment the other day that the smartest thing we did as an organization was pay Ahmad Brooks and keep him as a 49er. We would all concur with that," Harbaugh said, citing Brooks' offseason contract extension. "He's done it with very little fanfare in terms of how he talks about himself, but he's been a tireless worker. I go back to the first days of the off-season program. Don't know if he ever missed a day. Been a great contributor, great leader and real fine performer on the field."

Tight end Garrett Celek (foot) was not taking part at the start of practice and it looks like he will miss his third straight session.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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