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11 Locker Room Observations: Sept. 3

Posted Sep 3, 2014

After speaking with Colin Kaepernick and others on Wednesday, here's what we came with that is worth sharing.

The San Francisco 49ers opened their Levi's® Stadium locker room doors on Wednesday afternoon. Here's what we came away with...

Observations

1. Before opening the locker room up, Jim Harbaugh told reporters he would like to "the information flow" to be "tightened up" this season when it comes to injuries and his plans for players on gamedays. Shortly thereafter, inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite was asked if he would in fact be starting next to Patrick Willis in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Wilhoite wouldn't confirm, saying: "I'm like a lock-box."

2. Running back LaMichael James, who carried the ball five time for 39 yards in the preseason and overcame an elbow injury in training camp, said he wasn't certain whether he would be returning punts and kickoffs on Sunday. "I'm as clueless as ya'll," he said.

3. James, as you might have gleaned, is a Texan, hailing from Texarkana. He and other 49ers with Texas ties will have family in attendance: Perrish Cox (Waco), Tony Jerod-Eddie (DeSoto), Michael Crabtree (Dallas), Phil Dawson (Dallas), Kendall Hunter (Tyler) and Vance McDonald (Winnie).

4. We saw Crabtree wearing a a gray sweatsuit and walking quickly in the locker room...

5. ...but it turned out that he was one of three 49ers to not practice, according to the injury report.

6. Speaking of the locker room, veterans Dawson (16th season), defensive tackle Justin Smith (14th), tight end Vernon Davis (ninth) and left tackle Joe Staley (eighth) were all given stalls at the end of aisles. So was fourth-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

7. Kaepernick, like Harbaugh and Wilhoite, wasn't about to talk scheme, but he did heap flowery praise upon Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

8. There are a handful of giant TV screens in the locker room, and a handful of them were showing U.S. Open quarterfinals action. But 49ers play-by-plan man Ted Robinson, who doubles as the voice of Wimbledon, said he didn't steal the channel-changer.

–Reporting from Andrew Pentis

9. Robinson and the rest of us listened in on center Daniel Kilgore's group interview. Kilgore said right guard Alex Boone did line up a few times next to him during Tuesday’s walk-through practice. He also said Boone did a “good job of staying in shape” during his time away from the team and didn't "miss a beat."

10. Kilgore also complimented the Cowboys defense, a unit that ranked 32nd in total defense last season (allowing 6,645 total yards for the season and 415.3 yards per game). “This is the NFL,” he said. “There are no bad defenses. They’re getting better, too. They’ve got some younger guys. Watching them in the preseason, they do a great job of flying to the ball. They do a good job of moving their defensive line. Right now, I feel like they’re a good defensive line.”

11. Many 49ers were asked about their reunion with C.J. Spillman, who was cut by the 49ers and signed by the Cowboys this week. They all expect Spillman to be motivated on Sunday.

–Reporting from Taylor Price
 

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