July 23 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers announced that they will carry five players on their physically unable to perform list. All of the players were mentioned in 49ers Paradise’s last “Medical Watch” article, however several of the players did not progress in their recuperation process as much as the 49ers had hoped.
The list includes Menson Holloway (Groin), Donnie O’Neal (Foot), John Shlecht (back), Teddy Gaines (quad) and John Keith (knee). Of the five, the 49ers were really hopping to have Keith, Shlecht and Gaines back and ready for action. The list will include rookie defensive tackle Josh Shaw upon his official signing with the team.
The players on the list could miss as much as six weeks of practice time, and in some cases even more. Unfortunately for players like John Keith, it could also mean the end of their careers as 49ers.
Not mentioned on the list is Jr. Bryant who the 49ers have decided to carry all season on the injured reserve. Bryant has very little chance of ever playing football again, still the team felt it owed Bryant the chance to earn the proper benefits for his recuperation. 49ers Sporting New Look The 49ers opened training camp sporting a new look. The team’s typical red and white jerseys received an update this season, when the NFL signed an agreement with Reebok to design the entire league’s jerseys. Although the 49ers regular season uniforms will remain the same, their practice jerseys are quite different.
As pictured to the right, notice that the red jerseys are now darker, and have a black shadow around the numbers. Similarly the white jerseys have a darker red number and a black drop shadow. Offensive players will sport the white uniforms, while the defense and special teams will wear red. The new jerseys also have a larger NFL crest on the front of the neck.
The 49ers are reportedly quite happy with the new look. The jerseys are reminiscent of those worn throughout the 1994-1995 season. Whether by coincidence or not, its still uncertain, but that was also the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl.