The Sunday scoop
YOUNG'S ANKLE OK: The Niners got a scare when Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bryant Young remained on the ground holding his ankle during morning 11-on-11 drills. Young had his ankle re-wrapped on the field but did not return to practice. He later was wheeled to the locker room on a cart. "He'll be all right," coach Dennis Erickson said. "The thing about B.Y. is, boy, is he in great shape. He just tweaked his ankle. So we have to be careful with him, but it's not like he has to get reps and reps." THE DT UPDATE: Defensive lineman Dwight Johnson began training camp on Friday as an end, but he was playing tackle Sunday morning. The Niners moved him inside to add another contender to the competition at tackle, where youngsters Josh Shaw and Anthony Adams continued to display progress with projected starter Jim Flanigan not practicing due to leg problems. MAN-TO-MAN: Tackle Scott Gragg handled himself well during pass rush drills, holding Andre Carter to a standstill several times and dropping Johnson to the ground during one sequence. NICE CATCHES: The Niners on Sunday signed receiver Fred Coleman, who played for New England last year. Coleman immediately made an impression with a leaping catch while tiptoeing along the right sideline. Cedrick Wilson continues to find openings in the defense and he makes it pay off by latching onto passes. He got loose from safety Scott Frost and hauled in a deep pass down the middle from Tim Rattay. The play of the day, however, may have been Jeff Garcia and and Terrell Owens hooking up for a long touchdown pass down the right sideline. Owens was able to separate from cornerback Ahmed Plummer before hauling in a pass from Garcia that traveled 40 yards in the air. PICK APPEARANCE: Defensive lineman Sean Moran, who hasn't done much lately to impress anyone, showed off some athleticism when he intercepted a tipped pass thrown by Ken Dorsey and returned it for a touchdown. SCRAPES AND SCRAPS: Squaring off during morning practice in minor tussles were tackle Derrick Deese and cornerback Fred Weary and running back Kevan Barlow and linebacker Derek Smith. Both tangles quickly were interrupted. COMING SOON: Erickson said receiver Arnaz Battle, the team's sixth-round draft choice, is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list on Monday. RB Terry Jackson, CB Jason Webster and CB/KR Jimmy Williams also are on the list. Webster and Williams both are running well and could come off the list and join the team in practice during the next week. Jackson is expected to take a bit longer to return, perhaps 10 days. GARCIA SHARPER: Garcia, who was limited when training camp began Friday due to a back problem, is finding his rhythm and is now practicing without any restrictions. He was behind center Sunday for the opening snap of team drills and is getting his normal amount of work, though the team cut his participation back in the afternoon session. "He's a lot better today than he was yesterday," Erickson said. "And that's how he is. It takes him some time. He made some throws today. … We just have to be very careful with him. It's like anything. He feels good, but we just have to watch the stress and the work on the back." QUARTERBACK RAP: Garcia, Owens, Deese and running backs Barlow, Garrison Hearst and Fred Beasley all took part in the production of a rap video with the Bay Area act E-40 after the morning practice. With goal posts in the background, the players danced to and sang along with the new E-40 tune "Quarterbacking." The video will appear next month on MTV2 and BET. The taping – and rapping – began at the end of Erickson's morning conversation with reporters, about 30 yards from where the coach was standing. "You guys really want me to focus now?" Erickson said, smiling. "I have to go put on my Neil Diamond stuff."
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