August 6 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers were able to escape their first pre-season game quite healthy. The biggest injury came to offensive lineman Ron Stone who hyper extended his left elbow. He will be out for 2-4 weeks. In losing another offensive lineman the 49ers will have a couple options for their next game, against the Chiefs. The first would be to let Eric Heitmann start at center, and allow Fiore to either move to his old spot (where Ron Stone was playing), or let Fiore move back to his new spot and let Matt Willig move into Ron Stones spot. Alternatively, the 49ers can rely on recently signed, center Ben Fricke to start on the offensive line. This injury may further reduce the amount of play time Jeff Garcia receives in the next pre-season bout.
Safety Al Blades sprained his ankle and is expected back in 2-3 days. Linebacker Brandon Moore will be out for 3-5 days because of a stress reaction in his foot.
Nate Jackson has resumed working with the receivers, and may be ready to fully participate in practice this week. Safety John Keith has also been removed from the PUP list, but has yet to fully participate in practice.
Center Jeremy Newberry has begun light jogging, but the team will continue to bring him along slowly to make sure he is fully healthy for the regular season.
During the broadcast from Osaka, ESPN noted that Cade McNown would likely undergo surgery this off-season that would end his season. Of course, this would mean the 49ers could place him on the IR and keep all their quarterbacks, really opening up some competition next season. Steve Mariucci however contradicted the report, and hopes to get McNown some playing time.