May 22 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
The 49ers will open their latest mini-camp today, and one veteran expected to be in attendance and participating is Tony Parrish. Parrish had a testicle removed earlier this off-season, but his recovery seems to be on schedule, and he is expected to practice with the team. This is great news for Tony and the team as it looks to really improve its defensive backfield from the past few seasons.
Safety John Keith who will see a ton of competition for a backup spot on the roster has still not been granted medical clearance to return to the field. Keith injured his ACL in the first game last season after showing a ton of promise in the pre-season. If he canít get healthy, the 49ers will turn to Ronnie Head and Kevin Curtis to backup the safety position.
Quarterback Giovanni Carmazziís shoulder condition is improving. Carmazzi has not received clearance by team doctors to participate fully in the camp, but he is expcted to partake in limited work at the camp. Carmazzi will see a ton of competition for the third QB spot, particularly from Aaron Garcia and Brandon Doman.
Rookie defensive lineman Josh Shaw will remain off the field. He is recuperating from a ACL and MCL injury suffered in college. He was also in car collision this past weekend where he injured his hand, but not to severely.
Rookie tight end Eric Heitmann has shown know problems with his back and is expected to fully participate in this mini-camp as he did in the last one.
The 49ers are a team that appears to be getting healthier this off-season. There are very few significant injuries to speak of on the team, and those that are injured, seem to be making good progress in their rehabilitations. The 49ers would like to escape this off-season with no further injuries to their team.