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January 23, 2013
Brooks on the sideline as 49ers begin Super Bowl preparations


The 49ers went through a light practice under threatening skies today. The only two players who didn't appear to be practicing were outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder) and tight end Garrett Celek (foot). Brooks left Sunday's game for a few plays in the first quarter. He returned and had three critical plays - two batted passes and a knock-down of quarterback Matt Ryan that injured Ryan's shoulder.

Clark Haggans, who is one of two 49ers to have won a Super Bowl (Steelers), entered when Brooks was on the sideline. The other 49er with a Super Bowl ring is center Jonathan Goodwin (Saints).

Meanwhile, practice squad receiver Ricardo Lockette - perhaps the fastest player on the 49ers' roster - is playing the role of Ravens speedster Torrey Smith in practice. A former track star at Fort Valley State, Lockette ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL combine, which matched the fastest time by a wide receiver.

Chad Hall, who stands 5-8, is portraying Anquan Boldin, who had a string of big games against the 49ers when he was with the Cardinals earlier in his career. Boldin also had a strong game in the Ravens' 16-6 win over the 49ers last year. He led all receivers with four catches for 63 yards.

- 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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